Permaculture, Nature & Civilization

by Øyvind Holmstad Workers of the industrial revolution Permaculture was first a contraction of the words permanent agriculture, later being widened to include all permanent culture. The problem is, however, that culture is seen as opposed to nature, its contradiction. Ross Wolf writes: The concept usually opposed to “culture” is “nature,” as structuralist anthropology taught us long ago. Permaculture could thus be seen to signify a state of permanent unnature. […]

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Abundance in the Garden: the Backyard Grocery Store

Our abundant garden: pineapple, leeks, spring onions, strawberry beds, greens, broccoli and numerous other edible plants visible in this picture. I love this time of year! Here on the Sunshine Coast, the sun shines brightly during the day, creating a wonderful 23 – 25 degrees C and then cooling down at night, which enables us to run the wood stove as well. Best of both worlds really! The garden loves […]

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StrawJet: A Solution to Deforestation

StrawJet has developed a unique process in response to agricultural waste around the world. They basically gather agricultural waste (stalks ranging from rye to corn) and bundle them tightly into ‘cables'; solid tubes of condensed stalks tightly wrapped in nylon thread. These cables are then either used as fuel (preferably in a rocket-stove like machine) or rebound into stronger cables to be used as a building material.

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Permaculture: ‘A Rhymer’s Manual’

From earthworms to "earworms" (songs that just won’t get out of your head), Charlie Jones is taking pattern learning a step further towards a dynamic, brave new approach to communicating and teaching concepts of permaculture with the creation of ‘Permaculture: A Rhymer’s Manual’.

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Please Help a Permaculturist in Trouble

Tiny Eglington, an old friend of mine from a farming background and now long-time permaculture practitioner and teacher, is currently in the Philippines where he had been visiting organic farms there. Tiny has been a big part of pushing organic farming in this region. Unfortunately Tiny is now in hospital with serious health problems. He got an infection in his leg and with his diabetes and age it affected his […]

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Get Into Farming (video)

The upsidedownness of our world really gets to me. The people doing the most critical work (like producing food and clothing) get paid the least, and the people busy producing crap we don’t really need at all get paid much more, and by an order of magnitude. Worse, the people who produce nothing at all, but just shift numbers around on a screen, capitalising on the work of the afore-mentioned […]

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The Money Myth Exploded

1. Shipwreck survivors An explosion had blown their ship apart. Each one grasped the first bit of wreckage that came to hand. And when it was over, there were five left, five huddled on a raft which the waves carried along at their will. As for the other victims of the disaster, there was no sign of them. Hour after long hour their eyes searched the horizon. Would some passing […]

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Why Australia Needs a “Peoples Food Plan”

by Richard Widows We are in the early stages of a global food crisis, the likes of which has never previously been seen. Nearly 1 billion people (or 1 in 7) experience chronic hunger and another 1 billion are faced with serious nutritional deficiencies. Meanwhile, reports suggest that nearly 2 billion people are overweight. Combine these figures and you realise that approximately 4 billion people suffer from food related health […]

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Degrowth, Expensive Oil, and the New Economics of Energy

by Dr Samuel Alexander, co-director of the Simplicity Institute and a lecturer with the Office for Environmental Programs, University of Melbourne. Our understandings and expectations of the world have been shaped by our experience of economic growth. The dynamic stability of that growth has habituated us to what is ‘normal.’ That normal must soon shatter. – David Korowicz Cutting Off Destructive Growth (image courtesy of Desazkundea, via flickr) 1. Preparing […]

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Due Diligence: Four O’Clock Plants

by Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper Four O’Clock plants have a long history of cultivation and use around the world as well as serve many useful functions, with more to experiment with — like as a dye and dynamic accumulator. Our family lives in a historic neighborhood of Chico, California called the Barber Neighborhood. Our neighborhood was named after O. C. Barber, the founder of the Diamond Match Company, who had a factory […]

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The REAL Green Revolution In Africa: Permaculture in Zimbabwe With Julious Piti

by Sustainable World Radio Julious Piti is a Permaculture designer and teacher, organic farmer, and conflict facilitator based in Zimbabwe. Julious has been using permaculture in Africa to restore the health of both land and community. A founding member of the Chikukwa Ecological Land Trust (CELUCT) and now the Director of PORET (Participatory Organic Research Extension and Training), Julious’ work shows that degraded land can be transformed. PORET supports farmers […]

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The Great Impostors

In the name of saving the natural world, governments are privatising it. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. The first man who, having enclosed a piece of ground, bethought himself of saying "this is mine", and found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes […]

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