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Smelling the Bubbly Action

It was some time ago, over a year to completely admit the extent of my procrastination, that I was working through a breezeblock of a book entitled The Art of Fermentation, by Sandor Katz, the modern Moses of the dark and mysterious process. It all sounded so fun, so magical for a guy who loves a tip of the tipple but has never made his own, and I couldn’t help but plot out my adventures in food preservation and, more so, homespun libations.

Until recently, I’d never fermented anything, at least not on purpose, and it was from this privileged position that I began. Since finishing Katz’s book, I’d read horror stories of miserable failure and mushy vegetables, and I suppose they’d keep my ambition at bay. For over a year, I didn’t follow through on making the sauerkrauts and pickles or homemade wines and ciders that Katz had made seem so simple.

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This week’s episode, ‘Farming with Nature’ (or Building Soil with Regenerative Agriculture) features Rebecca Hoskings, (co-producer of the BBC film, ‘A Farm for the Future’) explaining how she has transformed a windswept and exhausted coastal farm into an abundant landscape with healthy animals, prolific wildlife and fertile soil. You can watch this episode here: …

Rebecca explains:

“Holistic planned grazing is all about mimicking the natural migration of a wild herd across the landscape. This is the fastest way to build soil fertility on a large scale.”

This is the third episode in the nine film series. The series is produced by Permaculture magazine and Permaculture People to coincide with the build-up to the 12th International Permaculture Conference taking place at The Light, Euston Road, London on 8th – 9th September 2015.

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Polluting

Industry development plays a pivotal role in the economy of a country. It not only provides employment to local working class but also, it boosts economy by selling and exporting the products manufactured by the factories. As we all know, factories have direct impact on our environment and eco-system. The emissions of gases and disposal of waste products have always been serious threats to the environment.

With the beginning of factories’ infrastructures, laws relating to working conditions of the workers and environment protection were enacted in order to improve working conditions of the factory workers and to safeguard the environment from industrial pollution with poisonous gases and waste disposal being the main threats to the local environment.

However, a lot needed to be done as the factories grew larger in number with the passage of time. In 1994, I happened to visit a Pakistani garments factory with my father who was working there. He took me with him to take a tour of the factory. I visited different sections of the factory and came to know that the working class were not aware of the safety and hygienic measures. Even the factory did not have much advanced environment-friendly measures to protect local environment from different modes of pollution. The heavy garment machinery was producing a deafening noise which made me run away from the site. Likewise, I saw workers bare-footed, wearing dirty dresses and many even without caps.

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A Brief Description

“The Power Of Duck” is a short informative book on the integration of rice and duck farming. The book may be relatively short, however it is nothing short of thorough and abundantly helpful for anyone looking to educate themselves on the processes and benefits of rice farming with ducks.

“The Power Of Duck” is a journal like book, written by Takao Furuno, describing his own rice paddy farming system. The book thoroughly and descriptively outlines the complete life cycle of rice, and how ducks can work within the rice field to increase a farmer’s crop production with a more environmentally responsible method. All in all, this book explains how the introduction of ducklings, water plants, and fish to a rice paddy can create a prosperous land; thriving with rice, animal life, natural fertilizer, and abundant crops. With this system, your yield will prosper, even throughout the coldest part of the year.

This book reaffirms the naturalist’s view that everything can be done organically… even rice farming. It is ever acclaimed, by mass manufacturers everywhere, that rice production is dependent on proper chemical use. “The Power Of Duck” brings to light the natural farming system successfully incorporated and sustained by more than 10,000 Japanese rice farmers. Takao Furuno, himself, has utilized this system for over 10 years to produce substantial amounts of sustainable, profitable rice yield. Now, with his book, “The Power Of Duck”, he has helped farmers increase their own yields by 20 to 50% in just the first year. In this Do-It-Yourself guide, Takao Furuno vividly displays how any farmer can connect and team up with nature instead of hazardous chemicals, to lay his own stone on the path to a safe, beautiful, and flourishing agricultural future. Written by a true farmer, the detail and accuracy is flawless, making this book an absolute guide to using ducks for the farming of rice.

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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Jordan 2015

Has been won by Geoff Lawton and The Permaculture Research Institute for the Permaculture sites featured in Greening/Re-Greening the Desert

“To be honored with this award is a great recognition of our work for a better environment and motivates us to continue our endeavors in the future”
Geoff Lawton, National Energy Globe Winner Jordan

About the AWARD

With more than 170 participating countries and over 1500 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today’s most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention – international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

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This video, “Casa de Paz” A film by Michelle Moore, has been made available courtesy of Karmatube.org

36th Avenue in the Fruitvale district of East Oakland, California, is the turf of four major gangs. The fourth one, according to Pancho Ramos-Stierle, who is one of the anchors of Casa de Paz (House of Peace), is the police, an institutionalized gang, and the most dangerous. Yet the residents of this house never lock their doors. Casa de Paz is part of a group of several homes that form an intentional community of peace and nonviolence in an area rife with structural and physical violence. In order to serve their community, they sit in receptive silence at least two hours a day and they live with the people – laugh with them, cry with them, and eat with them. They embody “giftivism” – practicing radical acts of generosity that changes the world, one heart, one home, one block at a time.

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Tom and Zaia Kendall from PRI Sunshine Coast join Daniele Bettini, Anne Blanc and Meriem Kadiri to set up the Permaculture Research Institute Luganville in Vanuatu.

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The Permaculture Research Institute Luganville volunteers, with Aunty Lyn

Tom and I arrived in Port Vila Sunday afternoon and went to our accommodation. We settled in and got prepared for the next day. On Monday morning we went to the Financial Services Commission in Vanuatu to register our Charitable Organisation, the Permaculture Research Institute Luganville for Incorporation. We were told we had to have the original signatures on the document, not the scanned copies I had organised from everyone before we left home, so we had to wait for the volunteers to arrive that afternoon. We picked up Dani, Anne and Meriem from the airport that afternoon and made it to the FSC office just before closing time, where we signed the document again and they made copies of our passports. We got a receipt for our payment of the Incorporation fee and went to our accommodation. Later that evening we showed the volunteers the food market in Vila, before we went back and had an early night.

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ABOUT THE COURSE:

REGISTER HERE

Description

Drawing on the wisdom of ecological systems and indigenous knowledge, Permaculture offers us a vision, design approach, and tools to create a world of health and abundance. Increased inclusion and support of leadership and perspective from women of diverse backgrounds is vital to this vision.

In this unique and innovative program, we explore diversity and leadership while building our confidence. We practice teaching Permaculture for various formats, from introductory workshops, special topics, and short courses, to the core Permaculture design certificate course.

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Co-Exist

We really do have everything we need; when we are open to it.

Permaculture teaches us to understand ourselves and our environment and to harness what nature provides – in all her glory and to maximise the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of a combined labour of love and intention for abundance.

My garden reminds of this each time I step out into her green glory.

In spite of our semi-arid environment – our garden thrives. In spite of watering our garden with water that has a ph of 9 – our garden thrives. In spite of less than perfect tending and care, our garden thrives. In spite of my lack of attention to detail- our garden thrives!

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Black chillis sprouting in toilet roll cardboard (Photo by Irene Kightley)

I’ve recently been interacting with a lot of people who are new to, but completely interested in, Permaculture, and in general, they think of it as a type of gardening. Most often, the explanation I hear of what newbies think Permaculture is revolves around using raised beds. And, honestly, I can remember once feeling much the same. It seems it’s the question so many of us —permies— are forever trying to answer and so many newcomers are trying to understand: What is Permaculture?

I must say that my initial attraction to permaculture was most definitely the kinder, more natural manner of gardening, but it soon grew into much deeper of a kinship. And, while I still strive to one day have a food surplus on my own property, and I do love putting in a swale or stack up a long hugelkultur, I’ve come to think that that more profound take on permaculture, the one that isn’t physical gardening, but rather completely cerebral is every bit as important, and actually more so, for us to talk about when people want to know what Permaculture is.

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Narrated by Sir Tim Smit KBE, creator of The Eden Project

Martin Crawford, pioneering forest gardener, introduces us to his beautiful Forest Garden full of food, fibres and medicinal plants in South Devon.

Centred around a key interview with Martin, the film uses drone shots for never seen before vantage points of his garden.

What once stood as a flat field in 1994, is today a multi layered, ecosystem of trees, shrubs and ground covers, producing fruits, nuts, and medicinal products. Forest Gardening is a designed agronomic system based on trees, shrubs and perennial plants mimicking the structure of a natural forest.

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Light

Well, the answer is it all depends.

I have converted my home in Sydney to run on a carefully designed and well planned 12-volt system. We live in the City of Blacktown on an urban block and took the plunge to see if it was possible to run a normal home on a 12-volt system.

Let me give you a rundown on what we use in our home each day. In the morning, I do the first thing any good husband does, I drop my wife at the train station to go to work each day! All jokes aside my wife loves going to work (?).

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