Cover Crops Solutions Chart

Click pic to download PDF As most readers of this site will recognise, nature always works to protect the soil from from wind and water erosion — by covering it with living foliage. In doing so, the cycle of life and death continues, increasing the soil’s fertility over time. Alas, many ‘modern’ gardeners have allowed themselves to become indoctrinated into trying to maintain a ‘tidy’, foliage-free garden bed — they […]

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New Allan Savory Podcast and Free Webinar

We are getting pretty excited about welcoming Allan Savory to Australia in a couple of weeks to enliven a discussion about how Holistic Management can play a key role in our future land regeneration strategies. In anticipation of his upcoming Aussie tour, Allan just recorded a podcast over at The Wellness Couch. It’s great to see the concepts of Holistic Management getting discussed in forums beyond straight-up agriculture, because, after […]

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Extendable/Retractable Roof Overhang for Sun and Shade Harvesting

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This video highlights how properly designed roof overhangs and window awnings can provide free shade and cooling in the hot summer months, as well as maximizing sun exposure and free light and heating in the cold winter months. For more info, see: Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond – Volume I, Guiding Principles to Welcome Rain into your Life and Landscape Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond – Volume II, […]

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Hive Design and the Honey Bee

The bee is more honoured than other animals, not because she labours, but because she labours for others. — St John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, d.407 What is in a design? Why do hives differ so much? Which hive is best? Choosing the best hive for your bees doesn’t need to be complicated. Once people began to keep bees, diverging from gathering the honey of feral hives, their homes have […]

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Antifragile Epiphanies: Reflections from Caux

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I had the pleasure of making a recent return visit to Switzerland for the Caux Forum for Human Security’s Dialogue on Land and Security. This was first held as a single full-day event on July 15, 2011. It was titled Restoring Earth’s Degraded Land, featuring a number of great speakers and presenters including UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja, former UK Secretary of State for International Development Clare Short, “The Man […]

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Regenerating Rusinga Island (Lake Victoria, Kenya)

In January, 2013, I wrote an article titled, "Helping Small Farmers Help Themselves on Rusinga Island". In December of 2012, I came to Rusinga Island for the first time under the invitation of PRI Kenya to teach a PDC to women and men subsistence farmers. What emerged out of the PDC was a small group of farmers — sixteen members — organizing themselves and setting up their own association called […]

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Cigarettes Up by Another Five Dollars

Consistency of Policy required The Federal Government of Australia is increasing the excise on cigarettes by 60% over four years, by just over $5. This is aimed at reducing government (i.e. taxpayer) costs for treating smokers’ illnesses. The government obviously sees this as justifiable, as well as politically safe. Their goal is to reduce smoking in the population, but they plan on deriving substantial revenue (about $5b) in the meantime. […]

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Valedictorian Speaks Out Against Schooling in Graduation Speech

Editor’s Note: I’ve expressed my firm belief before, and will express again, that any serious attempt at reinventing society — to make systemic design adjustments to how our society/economy functions — necessitates a serious overhaul in our educational systems. Without this overhaul, I do not hesitate to state, I fully expect humanity to comprehensively fail. We are still educating people into a world that was, and which will never be […]

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Permaculture in Lesotho

The PRI editor has been encouraging me to give a little more background info on my work on the ground here, so you can all better understand the situation I’m working in. Here’s a short attempt to do so. I have been living in Lesotho for two years, as a volunteer with Australian Volunteers International (AVI ). This is part of the Australian government’s southern African aid programme for 2012-2014. […]

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Endgame Strategy

Why the Revolution Must Start in America The unrest in the Middle East, the convulsions in Ivory Coast, the hunger sweeping across failed states such as Somalia, the freak weather patterns and the systematic unraveling of the American empire do not signal a lurch toward freedom and democracy but the catastrophic breakdown of globalization. The world as we know it is coming to an end. And what will follow will […]

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Report on Permaculture Training in Dembe Dollo, Western Ethiopia (Part 1)

It was the beginning of June this year and we were off on another exciting permaculture adventure in Ethiopia. This time we would be heading into the west. I was contacted last year by Gemma Pilcher, an Australian lady who supports a small food security project run by some Catholic nuns from Daughters of Charity, in Dembe Dollo, a fair-sized town way out in the east of the country near […]

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PRI Konso, South Ethiopia to Run Two PDC-Internship Combos This Coming September-October and December-January

PDC, September 2013 4-week Internship, Sept/Oct 2013 PDC, December 2013 4-week Internship, Dec/Jan 2013/14 Strawberry Fields Eco-Lodge is pleased to announce we are running our 29th and 30th PDCs in September and December 2013 and a 4-week Internship to follow each, at our educational, demonstration site in South Ethiopia. We are based in Konso, a semi-arid ethnic homeland in the southern Great Rift Valley. The unique Konso people are known […]

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