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

This is the late Summer 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 […]

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Industrial Starch and Bioplastic from Non-Destructively Harvested Perennials

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This article is an excerpt from my forthcoming book Carbon Farming: A Global Toolkit for Stabilizing the Climate with Tree Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices, and is part of a series promoting my kickstarter campaign to raise funds with which to complete the book. Though we rarely think of it, starch is the number two most used carbohydrate in industry, coming just after cellulose which is used in great quantities […]

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The Great Unmentionable

We have offshored both our consumption and our perceptions by George Monbiot Every society has topics it does not discuss. These are the issues which challenge its comfortable assumptions. They are the ones that remind us of mortality, which threaten the continuity we anticipate, which expose our various beliefs as irreconcilable. Among them are the facts which sink the cosy assertion, that (in David Cameron’s words) “there need not be […]

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Permaculture Design Videos

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A free series of permaculture design videos by Geoff Lawton, world renowned permaculture designer, teacher, and consultant, reveals how to not only survive the coming crisis with permaculture design but how to build abundance on your land. How to have all the water you will ever need. How to have all the fish you will ever want. How to have your own food forest and grow all your own food. […]

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Coppiced Nitrogen-Fixing Firewood Species of the World

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This article is an excerpt from my forthcoming book Carbon Farming: A Global Toolkit for Stabilizing the Climate with Tree Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices, and is part of a series promoting my kickstarter campaign to raise funds with which to complete the book. Coppiced firewood species trial at ECHO These firewood species grow rapidly, fix nitrogen, and re-sprout (coppice) quickly after cutting. All have high-quality firewood. They are thus […]

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PRI Sunshine Coast – Biogas Project Update, March 2013

On the 18th of March we started our biogas project. This project involves making a bio-digester which will turn manure into methane gas for cooking and other energy needs. An update on a previous post, by Zaia Kendall Outline of the bio-digester Tom had to re-do some fencing and clear the site for the bio-digester. He calculated that with the amount of manure we are getting (around 30kg per day), […]

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Layers of Healing: Realizing the Power of the Ordinary Onion

They’re a staple in stews, a flavor in fried foods, and that ‘sting’ in salads. The sharp, savory taste and juicy crunch give them versatility in the kitchen cooked and uncooked — but they really deserve a place in your permaculture medicine cabinet. That’s right–the ordinary onion. I’d never have believed it either, but one day, in the agony of an ear infection, I read that an onion sliver could […]

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Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity – Chapter 1, Food: The Weak Link

by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute The world is in transition from an era of food abundance to one of scarcity. Over the last decade, world grain reserves have fallen by one third. World food prices have more than doubled, triggering a worldwide land rush and ushering in a new geopolitics of food. Food is the new oil. Land is the new gold. 1 The abrupt rise in world […]

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A No-Nonsense Guide to Establishing Permaculture Food Forests on Boring Lawns

Click to download (5.8mb PDF) This guide is geared towards starting a new forest garden from scratch. It is geared to the west coast of Canada — temperate / cold climate — where my business, Hatchet & Seed Contracting is primarily based. I hope it can be used to help propagate both more food forests and more food foresters! It is also geared towards Do-It-Yourselfers, on a relatively low budget. […]

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Using Timber and Forestry to Help Sustain Our Lives Locally

This year, May the 5th 2013, is the celebration of International Permaculture Day. In keeping with the theme of this important event, we need to be aware of the importance of producing and using “local”, especially with regard to forestry and use of timber.

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Using Permaculture to Improve the Teaching and Learning of Science

by Nelson Lebo, The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand Some people describe permaculture as a system of science and ethics. While ethics guide permaculturists, it is the use of science to design and develop sustainable and regenerative systems that places them in a position to contribute to the improvement of science teaching and learning worldwide. Over the last four years, I have been researching a permaculture approach to junior […]

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Political Barbed Wire

Why are 97% of our rivers shut to the public? A millionaire minister’s amazing conflicts of interest give you a clue. by George Monbiot Nowhere in Britain is power more concentrated than in the countryside. Some people claim we have the second lowest distribution of land in the world, after Brazil. Because (thanks to the resistance of the landlords) there is no comprehensive record of who owns what, we can’t […]

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