First Impressions of China

Anyone who is fairly informed probably has some knowledge or vague impressions of China. We are well aware of China’s breakneck economic growth in the last two decades. We are also aware of China’s hard consequences for its fastidious growth. Beijing recently made the news with record air pollution. The north of China has no water and the central government is actively planning a huge water pipeline from the south […]

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Top Five Edible Shrubs for the Backyard Food Forest Garden (Canberra, Australia)

One of the key concepts of permaculture forest gardening is that we try to use all of the different layers available to us in our forest system. The trees at the top form the canopy, these trees get the most light, water and nutrients and are often the biggest ones in the system. In order to develop highly productive systems in our backyards we need to utilise the space underneath […]

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Saving Seeds

Seeds are one of those many miraculous parts of nature that are just so hard to understand. What could be more perplexing than the thought that what you eat, and all the trees and plants around us and all plant-derived material, began with those tiny little things called seeds. The variety of plants out there says a lot then for the variety of seeds that can be found — more […]

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Nightshade, Peach and Money for Jam (Lesotho, Africa)

Peach blossoming in Lesotho Along roadsides, and in wild parts of the countryside and vacant lots here in Lesotho, many potential food plants can be found. These have been collected and eaten by people long before the start of agriculture, such as black nightshade (Solanum nigrum). Peach trees are very common on the Lesotho landscape, found around homes and in the field. In many cases they grow wild from people […]

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Permaculture Forums Makeover

For the unobservant amongst you (you know who you are), I thought I’d better let you know that I’ve just upgraded our permaculture forums, and followed up with a complete facelift for good measure. With people around the world using the forums as a way to learn and share, it just seemed the right thing to do. I hope you enjoy the new features and look.

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North Korea Permaculture?

A tractor in North Korea (Wikimedia) Having lived in South Korea for two years, I have learnt a lot about North Korea. In fact, it has become a minor obsession of mine. The things I have learnt, however, I did not learn from the mainstream media. Quite opposite to what you hear on the evening news, I forward that the country is barely a threat to the outside world. Any […]

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Spiral Ridge Permaculture – Homesteading Permaculture Pioneers

On a mountain ridge in Tennessee, one and half hours south of Nashville, Cliff Davis and his wife Jen, and their three children are living in a two room Amish cabin. Half of their porch is made with bamboo trellises that are covered with kiwi vines for shade, privacy and food. With the exception of some solar panels for charging their cell phones and laptops, one feels catapulted back into […]

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The Naturalists Who Are Terrified of Nature

A radical challenge to British conservation and its bizarre priorities. by George Monbiot Male capercaillie I’m writing this on the train home, after visiting two places in the north of England celebrated for their “wildness”. One of them is Ennerdale in the Lake District, now officially known as Wild Ennerdale, a valley in which the river has been allowed to move freely once more, and in which native trees are […]

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Advanced Cell Grazing – Permaculture Livestock Systems at Zaytuna Farm

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Cell grazing is not a new option when it comes to large animal management. However, brewing at Zaytuna Farm is a dynamic and advanced cell moving method that combines age old and newly discovered techniques and strategies. It has been said before, and most of us permaculturists have used our power of observation to see, that nature will opt for balance. This becomes apparent when we see an overgrazed pasture […]

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