Medicinal Plants

Medicinal plants are more than simply objects with useful chemical and symbolic aspects. They are living organisms that are functionally embedded in the cultural fabric of social groups and institutions. They play an integral role in ideas of balance and cosmological order that often reflect sophisticated medical theories of the human body, the symptoms it experiences and their underlying causes. Many different elements are involved in the complex of ideas […]

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Building an Insect Hotel

by Bor Borren For the internship at PRI Zaytuna Farm, Australia (Winter 2013) each student has the mandate to carry out an independent project. I chose to make an ‘Insect Hotel’ or a ‘Bee Hotel’. This has been given a place on the border between the kitchen garden and the adjacent food forest. On the farm there is a lot of material like bamboo, wood and recycled materials with which […]

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How Old Are We?

I am sixty years old. When confronting my age I realize that the older I get the more vulnerable I am to sickness and injury. I know that as we age we slowly lose physical strength and ability. It is hard not to get depressed about this. The prospect of eventually losing control over more areas of our lives and becoming increasingly dependent on others is not a happy one. […]

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Rewild the Child

A week in the countryside is worth three months in a classroom. by George Monbiot What is the best way to knacker a child’s education? Force him or her to spend too long in the classroom. An overview of research into outdoor education by King’s College London found that children who spend time learning in natural environments “perform better in reading, mathematics, science and social studies.”(1) Exploring the natural world […]

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Tough Fruit

A line of thought evolving from the interest in both epigenetics and the Paleo diet has led to an exploration of low cultivated, western European, Asian and North American fruit trees in our Food Forest systems. What does this mean? Well, we all love fruit. A fresh, crispy apple or sweet, fleshy nectarine are hard to beat, but how often do we need to eat such super sweet treats bred […]

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Re-enchant the Seed!

Why Seed Saving and Exchange is Essential Permaculture & Community Practice — a How-To with Red Semillas Libres Chile. by Crystal Allene Cook Poster for the Red Semillas Libres Chile Seed Exchange Like many permaculturalists I work another job and this fall mine happened to take me to Valdivia in the Patagonian region of Chile. My first Saturday in town, in the local large supermarket, I spent an hour reading […]

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The Hour is Darkest just before Dawn: Crisis as Opportunity

The Festival of Ideas is on at the University of Melbourne at the moment, and I was invited to give a short talk, envisioning how Australia made the transition to a low-carbon society by the year 2033. Here is the transcript: As I look back from the year 2033, I would like to be able to tell you that the transition to our low-carbon society was smooth and rational. I […]

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Kiwi Web App Paves Way for Everyday Democracy

A Collaborative Decision-Making Tool Editor’s Note: I believe many permaculturists will find this new collaborative decision-making tool of extreme value. Please watch the short, easy-to-understand intro video at top, and learn more about the reasons for its creation via the TEDx video at bottom. Thanks to all involved in creating Loomio! This simple software will help a great many people reshape the world more efficiently and peacefully — a scenario […]

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The Story of Solutions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpkRvc-sOKk The Story of Solutions explores how we can move our economy in a more sustainable and just direction, starting with orienting ourselves toward a new goal. In the current ‘Game of More’, we’re told to cheer a growing economy — more roads, more malls, more Stuff! — even though our health indicators are worsening, income inequality is growing and polar icecaps are melting. But what if we changed the […]

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Ants – From Warship to Worship (Mexico)

Ants From Warship to Worship Mexico feat

Another buckwheat being chopped down I started writing this article a few weeks ago as my war against ants started. Luckily, as all things in life change, or rather evolve, so did my thoughts and understanding of my ant problem. Being a true optimist, I did all I could to find opportunities in my problems. Ants, ants, ants. I talk non-stop about ants. They even invade my dreams! I have […]

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