UNCCD Land for Life Award Winners for 2013 (India, Mexico, Africa): Practical, Doable, Magic

Educating small-holder farmers in India Every year the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) presents awards and supportive prize-money to projects that have had a positive impact on combating desertification and restoring watersheds and the hydrological cycle. This year’s awards went to excellent projects in India, Mexico and Africa. Watch the fantastic videos below, from John D. Liu and the rest of the EEMP team, to find our more […]

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Start Growing! Part 3: Don’t Waste Another Minute Until You Know What Your Time is Worth!

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Find previous episodes of this Start Growing! series. If you’re a farmer, you live with risks that range from weather to injury to financial ruin. But why should you bust your hump from dusk till dawn with stress and risk for less than you’d get pumping gas or working construction? The answer to that question is found in time. Let me explain. When you think of it, time is all […]

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My Visit to the Greening the Desert Sequel Site, November 2013

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The Jordan Valley Permaculture Proejct (aka ‘Greening the Desert – the Sequel’) in November 2013. (Photo: Geoff Lawton) I experienced a very diverse range of activities during my two weeks in Jordan, teaching a tree care course and helping in the farm activities, at the PRI Jordan Valley Permaculture Project (aka ‘Greening the Desert – the Sequel’ site) at 400 metres below sea level in the Dead Sea Valley. I […]

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New Shop!

Over the last few months, as I’m not travelling, I’ve been going through various parts of our site and doing some overdue reconstruction work. First was the new forum facelift, then, as I guess you’ve noticed, the main page you’re looking at right now got a new engine replacement and three coats of paint and lacquer (many thanks to Andrea for his help with this!). And now, I’ve just replaced […]

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March 2014 Permaculture Voices Mega-Conference in Southern California – a 3-Day Special For Bookings Starts November 29, 2013

Click for larger view What: Permaculture Voices Mega-Conference Where: Temecula, CA, between San Diego and LA When: March 13-16, 2014 Special: $250 off for bookings taken between November 29 — December 1, 2013 (that means US$710, instead of $960, for a full conference ticket) Geoff and Nadia Lawton will be speaking at one of the largest permaculture conferences of 2014 this March in Southern California. The conference organizers are running […]

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Improving Democracy Through Deliberation – Interview with Lyn Carson

Source: flickr Lyn Carson is a professor with the Business Programs Unit at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her research areas are community engagement and deliberative democracy. She is also a director of NewDemocracy Foundation. Marcin Gerwin: There are many people who are disappointed in the way the democratic system works. They see politicians arguing and making decision in the interest of their political parties rather than the common good. […]

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Urban Farm Grows Over 1000 Pounds of Produce on Two Lots to Feed Local Community (Baltimore, USA)

Boone Street Farm in Baltimore, Maryland, started in 2010, and looks to be going strong. It’s a great way to reclaim unused city spaces and make them of benefit to the local community — both for providing healthy food and as a community educational tool, and community ‘gel’. Kudos to Baltimore’s forward-thinking officials for making this possible.

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Spend, Don’t Mend

Advertising and consumerism dull our capacity for empathy. by George Monbiot Guilt is good. It’s the feature that distinguishes the rest of the population from psychopaths. It’s the sensation you are able to feel when you possess a capacity for empathy. But guilt inhibits consumption. So a global industry has developed to smother it with a 13-tog duvet of celebrities and cartoon characters and elevator music. It seeks to persuade […]

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The Bunya-Bunya Pine (Araucaria bidwillii)

by Byron Joel, oaktreedesigns.com.au A mature bunya pine showing classic conical growing habit Of all the striking aspects of the subtropical regions of Australia’s east coast, the landforms, the climate, the exotic fauna… few offer as immediately impressive a sight as a fully mature Bunya pine. Reaching a recorded height of 45m, with trunks like a sauropod’s leg and sporting cones bigger than a bowling ball, few things say ancient […]

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Moving Up the Food Chain

by Lester R. Brown For most of the time that human beings have walked the earth, we lived as hunter-gatherers. The share of the human diet that came from hunting versus gathering varied with geographic location, hunting skills, and the season of the year. During the northern hemisphere winter, for instance, when there was little food to gather, people there depended heavily on hunting for survival. Our long history as […]

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Can Genetically Engineered Foods Trigger Gluten Sensitivity?

A report was released today proposing a link between genetically modified foods and gluten-related disorders. Do you or a loved one suffer from gluten sensitivity? You may be wondering why you react to gluten now even though you never did in the past. You may be wondering why a gluten-free diet has helped, but has not completely resolved your symptoms. If you are on a quest to find all of […]

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Introduction to Naturalised Nursery Practice

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Applying the understandings of ecosystem mimicry to create alternative solutions to current nursery practices of disease control, fertilisation and sterile mediums. It is my belief that nature is our greatest teacher. By observing nature we can see that a tree in a forest is self-maintaining. It does not rely on fertilisation, irrigation, pesticides or fungicides to produce healthy growth. It’s only with today’s technology we are beginning to bear witness […]

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