Food Forests For All – A One World Permaculture Workshop (Nov 2013, Austin, Texas)

What: Food Forest Workshop When: November 9th, 10th and 16th, 9am – 4pm Where: Whole Life Learning Center & Hill Country Natives, Austin, Texas Teachers: Caroline Riley and Mike Wolfert Cost: US$150 This is a 3-day intensive workshop on food forest design, implementation and management for the Central Texas bio region. This workshop will empower you to establish a thriving eco-system that provides a year round hyper-local food supply. Come […]

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Start Growing! Part 1: How to Buy a Farm Debt Free

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Let’s say you have a bit of savings and you’re keen to buy land to farm. Even though permaculture has taught you how to see the hidden value in land and you have the skills to rehabilitate the most degraded landscapes, land is by no means cheap. The problem is not that you can’t borrow money to purchase that hidden gem you’ve found. The problem is that the real costs […]

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Wendell Berry on His Hopes for Humanity

When men and women have lived long and sincerely with respect to each other and our natural world, their wisdom can be refreshing and inspiring. At 80 years of age, Wendell Berry is one of those people. This documentary, featuring a rare public interview with the man, is challenging and inspiring, humorous and hopeful… worthy of reflection by those who care for the Earth and who enjoy the practice of […]

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Report on a Permaculture Internship – Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge (Sept-Oct, 2013, Ethiopia)

Editor’s Note: Beginning 2 December 2013, Alex is running another PDC at the developing Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge in southern Ethiopia. Following that will be a four-week Internship, starting 16 December, 2013. Why not book your place and head off for the learning and cultural immersion experience of a lifetime! This is a write up based on a brief report by Jesse Wood which he wrote at the end of […]

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Geoff Lawton’s Online Permaculture Design Course: Is it Worth Doing?

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Editor’s Note: Registrations have closed on this course. The 2016 course will begin soon. To register your interest head over to geofflawtononline.com. Earlier this year, Geoff Lawton ran one of the biggest online Permaculture Design Courses. It ran for 12 weeks and featured content not normally shown in an average PDC course. What was it like? Is it worth doing and will students gain any lasting benefit from signing up […]

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Moves Towards Sustainability in Shanghai

Shanghai was an amazing city with an incredible energy of opportunity. My only wish was to stay a little longer. I found it difficult to get in touch with a lot of experts in Shanghai. A part of me feels burned that so few bothered to return my numerous calls and emails, but then again I wonder if I myself would bother with a traveling blogger. I did manage to […]

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Breach of Trust

Ill-informed and incoherent: the head of the National Trust talks nonsense on fracking. by George Monbiot “It’s not for me to judge the relative merits of fracking versus wind turbines.” So said Dame Helen Ghosh, the National Trust’s new director-general. To this there are two obvious responses. The first is: yes, as the head of Britain’s biggest conservation group, this is just the kind of judgement you should be making. […]

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Permaculture in Cuba – An Interview With Ron Berezan

Recently I had the privilege of interviewing Ron Berezan, aka The Urban Farmer, who was one of the first people in Alberta to get permaculture kick-started. Ron has been teaching and running permaculture tours in Cuba now for many years and has a very unique perspective on Cuba, permaculture, and how permaculture has played a major role in Cuba’s transition from industrial high input agriculture to organic hyper-local production. Ron […]

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Want to Help Build an Earthship? (December 7 – 13, 2013, Victoria, Australia)

A couple of months ago I wrote about the ecovillage project that I am involved in, a project that is based on the vision of radical simplicity expressed in Entropia. I am uber excited to announce that our first build for the ecovillage is going to be an Earthship-inspired ‘mini-ship’, taking place this December in Victoria, Australia. Want to be involved? Read on! Earthships and other natural building methods are […]

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Retrofitting a Small Town

For the last four years, I have been dreaming of retrofitting a small town with a group of like-minded individuals with a diverse set of skills. I talk a lot about this in my courses, and it always gets a group of people charged up. It seems as though there are a lot of people that are tired of living in these massive, hyper-urban environments that meet our basic needs […]

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Teaching Patience in the Garden

About two years ago, my wife and I started researching permaculture as another tool to our independence. We aspired to an off-the-grid life filled with freedom and presence. Our permaculture journey started in the Himalayas, as we helped an inspiring Indian visionary establish his Himalayan Farm Project. Until today, I have read a hearty chunk of the permaculture literature out there, watched more documentaries and clips than YouTube could offer […]

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A Hugelkultur Pumpkin Patch (Netherlands)

This year I made a hugelkultur area in my veggie garden. I love it — they bring a nice shape into my flat garden and now we have so much pumpkin and squash, because of the hugelkultur, that we can’t eat them all, and so we give them away. All the other gardeners around were laughing about me and my wood chips and now the hugelkultur. But they don’t laugh […]

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