The Channon School Pond Restoration Project

AKA the PRI Ambassador Program by Erik Klockemann and Aybike Zengin The Channon Public School is a stone’s throw from PRI Zaytuna Farm and we were invited to come out and see what could be done with their old fish pond. The Channon School takes its name from the village where the public school is situated. "Channon” is a local aboriginal term for the Burrawang Palm (Macrozamia communis) of which […]

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Report on Permaculture Training in Dembe Dollo, Western Ethiopia (Part 3)

This is part three of a report on a community training program we ran in Dembe Dolo, Wolega, Eastern Ethiopia back in June, 2013. If you didn’t catch the last installments you can read them here: Part 1, Part 2. If you recall we started the training program off with introductions from the group and drew out the class motivations and aspirations for taking the training. We then briefly covered […]

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Kat Chang’s Farm in Guangzhou (China)

This farm outside of Guangzhou turned out exactly to be what I was hoping; a place to garden, to write and to relax. Kat Chang, the manager of the farm, was a great host. She was relaxed, interesting to talk to, and respected my personal time. There was also an expectation that I would work for a few hours a day. Best of all, she was familiar with permaculture and […]

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Preserving the Past to Serve the Future

A version of this article first appeared on the Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub (MATH) of Transition US, blog. Today, traditional knowledge is in danger and its disappearance would not only cause the loss of people’s capability to keep and pass on the artistic and natural heritage, but also of an extraordinary source of knowledge and cultural diversity from which the appropriate innovation solutions can be derived today and in the future. […]

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Introduction to Apiculture Course (Beekeeping) with Peter Stace at the PRI Zaytuna Farm, NSW, Australia

Photo © Craig Mackintosh What: Introduction to Apiculture Course (Beekeeping) Where: At the PRI Zaytuna Farm, NSW, Australia When: 4, 5 & 6 September 2013 Items covered in the Introduction to Apiculture Course are apiculture and safety, introduction to a beehive, site selection, assembly of hive equipment, owning and managing bee hives, catching a swarm, dividing a hive and requeening a hive, harvesting honey, extracting honey, wax recovery and various […]

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Geoff Lawton – Local Legendz

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As soon as Geoff Lawton realized he was having "dreams of self-sufficiency and living in a harmonious way with natural systems," he started getting involved with permaculture. This was way before permaculture was the buzz word that it is today. Through his work, the movement has spread to like-minded individuals the world over. In this video, we take a walk with him through the lands that started the sustainable growth […]

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UNCCD Land for Life Award Winner – TEMA (Turkey)

The UNCCD’s Land for Life Award winners were announced on the World Day to Combat Desertification, 17 June 2012, during the Rio+20 Summit. Joint first place went to the Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion (TEMA) in Turkey (along with SOIL, in Haiti), this film looks at their project.

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Resource Testeria

Promoting extractive industries is seen by politicians as a proper, manly pursuit, even if it makes no sense. by George Monbiot It’s not about jobs. It’s not about securing energy supplies. It’s not even about the money. The government’s enthusiasm for fracking arises from something it shares with politicians the world over: a macho fixation with extractive industries.

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Food from Perennial(ising) Plants in Temperate Climate Australia for July 2013

This is the mid-Winter post for the ongoing research project about perennial plants and self-perpetuating annual plants providing food in temperate climate Australia. The original article introducing this project, stating its aims, and providing participant instructions, can be found here. Growers are sending me information on a month-by-month basis, then this information is collated and published the following month. All previous posts from this series can be found by clicking […]

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Geoff Lawton Tour Dates, USA, August-September, 2013

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Click for larger view Contacts for each event: Oakland, San Francisco, California*: Vanessa Carter — vanessa(at)oaec.org Sacramento, California: Dominic Allamano — dominicallamano(at)gmail.com Brooklyn, New York: Eric Seider — e.seider(at)gmail.com Montpelier, Vermont: Ben Falk — design(at)wholesystemsdesign.com Massachusetts: Jonathan Bates — jonathan(at)permaculturenursery.com *Note: The San Francisco, Oakland date is a fund-raiser for sponsoring worthy two-thirds world attendees to the 11th International Permaculture Conference (IPC11) in Cuba.

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Humanitarian Vetiver Project, East Sumba, Indonesia

Lined up for free treatment I am a young Christian missionary doctor on the Island of Sumba in Eastern Indonesia. My work entails providing health and welfare to the indigenous village people who live in remote areas of East Sumba. Most are either Christian or Marupa; they are extremely poor and many have no support income, yet they do have arable land and land similar to the rolling hills of […]

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Permaculture Playing Cards

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54 cards, each packed with permaculture information. People, plants, ideas, animals, techniques…. Each card represents many hours of arguing over the tiniest details. One of the questions we are asked repeatedly is "How do you tell people what permaculture is?" If you give them a book, they might look at a few pictures. If you send them a link to something they tend to save it for later. The idea […]

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