Next-Generation Polycultures

Next-Generation Polycultures

Excerpted from Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Urban Oasis by Eric Toensmeier with contributions from Jonathan Bates, available from Chelsea Green January 2013. The book tells the story of our permaculture garden from design through co-evolution nine years down the road. One spring day in 2009, I gave a garden tour to a young man from New York City […]

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Tamera, Portugal (John D. Liu Video)

John D. Liu of the EEMP treats us to another look at permaculture solutions in application — this time with the Tamera project in Portugal. Tamera is a peace research village with the goal of becoming “a self-sufficient, sustainable and duplicatable communitarian model for nonviolent cooperation and cohabitation between humans, animals, nature, and Creation for a future of peace for all." [1] It is also often called a “healing biotope." […]

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A March against Monsanto is a March for Life and Freedom – 25th May 2013

Kudos to Dr. Vandana Shiva for kicking this off. Watch the videos to find out more, and get involved!

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The Valldaura ‘GreenFabLab’: Exploring the Frontier Between Technology, Environment and People

Permaculture and sustainability have rooted in the Spanish hills of Collserola near Barcelona and formed a partnership with a global project, the Green Fabrication Laboratory. Innovation and creativity are part of the lifeblood of Barcelona. Picasso and Dalí began their artistic careers here and Gaudí and Miró have left their own mark on the progressive spirit of the city. The new Sustainability Centre of Valldaura follows this inventive character by […]

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How to Build a Rocket Stove Mass Water Heater

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With deforestation still moving ahead apace, dealing with the global demand for fuel wood is critical. Life without heat and hot water would be very unpleasant. Life without trees is impossible and to satiate our hunger for heat, richly biodiverse forests are being replaced with ‘sterile’ monoculture tree plantations which give rise to tree diseases and other ecological vulnerabilities. The pressure for fuel wood is on in most parts of […]

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Poo-Free Self-Filling Duck Waterer

The mob If any of you have had any experience with ducks, you’ll know that they produce and deposit enormous amounts of nutrient — aka duck poo. It usually ends up over everything they come in contact with. A general good practice is to keep them on water and then either fertigate (fertilize while irrigating) with that water and/or use them in connection with an aquaculture system (a fish pond […]

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Yet Another Use For the Humble Shipping Container – a Greenhouse

Building a greenhouse from a shipping container and using it as an educational resource in Kyrgyzstan. The shipping container is a symbol that is synonymous with growth. It is often used to ship plastic parts to China to be assembled, then shipped back as plastic water guns or whatever a dollar can buy at the discount shops. However, here in Central Asia, the shipping container is a resource to be […]

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Permaculture Design Course in Ivanovka, Kyrgyzstan

What: Permaculture Design Course Where: Location: Keiin Institute, Ivanovka, Kyrgyzstan (40 minutes from Bishkek) When: June 24 – July 5, 2013 Teachers: Amadeus DeKastle and Calvin Lawrence PDC Course Fees: Foreign price is 450 Euros, local price is 5000 som (see below for more information) Included in Fees: PDC training, transportation from Bishkek to Ivanovka and back to Bishkek, morning and afternoon tea, and lunch. Not Included in Fees: Accommodation, […]

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One Desert City Turns Stormwater into an Abundant Oasis using Green Infrastructure Practices

At 7:30 Sunday morning, April 21, 2013, people began to gather on a barren lot in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The temperature was already climbing into the 80s and the lot’s bare dirt reflected both heat and light, making lingering uncomfortable. By 8:00 AM, more than 30 neighborhood volunteers, Youth Hostel guests, Green Living Co-op members, PDC and university students were on-site, eager to start the day’s activities. They were here […]

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My First WWOOF – Farming in Central America

In Belize I took part in my first WWOOFing experience at Spanish Creek Farm. This film explains what WWOOFing is and how to take part in it. It also shows what work and activities took place at the farm. This includes; nursing a lamb, horse riding, looking after chickens, bamboo trimming, mulching, upkeep of plants and gardens, harvesting, cooking, furniture building and tool maintenance plus much more. This film is […]

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La Nouvelle Trahison des Clercs

When scholars sell out, the consequences are grave. by George Monbiot In 1927 the French philosopher Julien Benda published a piercing attack on the intellectuals of his day. They should, he argued in La Trahison des Clercs (the treason of the scholars) act as a check on popular passions(1). Civilisation, he claimed, is possible only if intellectuals stand in opposition to the demands of political “realism” by upholding universal principles. […]

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Allan Savory – Reversing Global Warming while Meeting Human Needs (videos)

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Allan Savory never ceases to amaze and encourage me. It was really great seeing him present his recent TED Talk — and we now have another opportunity to see him speak. Tufts University hosted an event where he was given the floor to discuss Holistic Management and the many challenges and successes experienced in its development.

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