Soil Foodweb

Soil Foodweb feat

Why learn about the Soil Foodweb? Masanobu Fukuoka spread seeds out, and created a natural orchard. Charles Dowding does not dig his veggie beds, and they grow like crazy. Allan Savory advocates holistic grazing taking the patterns of wildlife movement to avoid overgrazing, and restores the soil. Bill Mollison taught to use specific plant assemblies, so that nitrogen fixers provide nutrients to “hungry” plants. It all works. There’s so many […]

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Mycelium and Soil

Mycellium and Soil Feat

Life as we know it would be much different if it weren’t for the mysterious and miraculous mycelium. Such an impressive entity, so different than most life on earth. This fungus can destroy and give life simultaneously. I’m no expert on mycelium, but I love my soil and mycelium helps my soil by breaking down organic matter, keeping moisture in the soil, and helping to prevent erosion. I’m sure mycelium […]

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Simple Ways to Conserve Water When Design Hasn’t Done It

Spider's Laundry (Courtesy of Petras Gagilas)

Managing water on a property is often at the forefront of permaculture design. Not only is there major focus on utilizing the landscape to make the most of weather and landscape supplied water, but also sustainable design dictates that we utilize gray water and minimize black “waste” water, which causes contamination, resource depletion, and health problems. In a perfect world, where all of our homes were designed thoughtfully with environment […]

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Live Without Dead Thyme: Photo Tour of Garden

Live without dead thyme feat

I spent Saturday night under a 100 year old pear tree with David Holmgren, Su Dennett, and a spirited gathering of Victorian permaculturalists, for their annual summer solstice party. Fun and uplifting times. David and Su’s property Melliodora is a genuine permaculture paradise – and an inspiring example of what can be done. My household’s urban homestead doesn’t compare, but over the years we have been making efforts to practise […]

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Permaculture, Ethics and Diversity: Can Permaculture Ethics Help with the Evolution of Human Culture?

Permaculture Ethics Feat

Using permaculture as a tool can be hugely beneficial for people to create practical ways of improving their immediate environment. Many have suggested that such a tool only works if we use the lens of permaculture to first create our own empowerment from within (see for example 1). This view can be seen indeed as underpinning much of permaculture thinking, for example, with the three permaculture ethics of “Earthcare, Peoplecare […]

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The Jaboticaba, the Perfect Food Forest Addition

The Jaboticaba, the Perfect Food Forest Addition

Most people wouldn’t be able to recognize the Jaboticaba on sight. Most wouldn’t even know what the word means. However, this unusual tree is much-beloved in the permaculture community for many reasons. The small space needed to grow the Jaboticaba, their ease of care, pest resilience and compact growth make them an easy pick for anyone trying to incorporate more edible, unusual and hardy plants into the start of their […]

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How We Make an Income While Homesteading

Homesteading Feat

One of the reasons we started our homestead was quality of life. My wife and I were both working while trying to raise 3 young children. As our first born hit high school we felt that our family was growing apart faster than we liked. We always dabbled in gardening and such but we decided to make a change. As a family, we thought that the state of our country […]

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A Rare Example of Mutualism Between Humans and Free-living Wild Animal

A Rare Example of Mutualism Between Humans and Free-living Wild Animal feat

A new study confirms the existence of mutual partnership between humans and a free living bird species. When the honey-hunters of the Yao tribe call for the greater honeyguides, the bird recognizes, understands and responds to the hunters call and leads them to honey in the forest. Collaboration among different plant and animal species for mutual benefit is a known phenomenon. The mutualism between oxpecker – a kind of bird […]

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Bill Mollison, Time Scout

Bill Mollison, Time Scout

We cannot describe here all of the many ways in which Bill influenced the world, or the many different hats he wore during his rich and adventurous life, but, to close 2016, there is one more that we would like to highlight: Time scout. What is a time scout? It is, in many ways, what Bill devoted his life to becoming. In his autobiography Travels in Dreams, When we design, […]

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Remembering Bill Mollison, the Man I Never Knew

Chatting with Bill Mollison (Courtesy of Nicolás Boullosa)

I first encountered Bill Mollison in Nicaragua through Permaculture One, without even really stopping to notice his name, setting aside that book in order to read something from another friend I’ve never met, John Seymour, whose book The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency: The Class Guide of Realists and Dreamers captured me for the next month (It is also a fantastic book). By the time I’d finished it that December, […]

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Registrations are now open for Geoff Lawton’s 2016 Online PDC

PDC-Geoff-Feature

Earlier this year, Geoff Lawton started filming a brand new Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC 2.0). His intent was to create a course that was both in depth and thorough using his vast knowledge of both Bill Mollison’s book Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual and his 30+ years of Permaculture teachings. The end result is a course that is vastly different to any other PDC Geoff has ever taught before. So […]

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The Essential Practical Nature of Permaculture

The Essential Practical Nature of Permaculture feat

I undertook my first Permaculture Design Certificate in 2005 and was blown away by the opening and revealing of new perspectives in my mind. There is literally a schism in the way I view the world that I can identify as pre-PDC and post-PDC. This is what Permaculture offers to those of us who are ready and willing to engage the way we live our lives in relation to nature […]

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