Permaculture Paradise: Val and Eli’s Garden

Permaculture Paradise: Val and Eli’s Garden

A 48-minute in-depth look at the Florida, USA city garden of Val and Eli. The pair changed 1/10th of an acre, in three years, from a “barren, food desert” lawn into a “paradise” of edible, medicinal, mulch and other useful plants. As an introduction to plants it’s very useful with a tour of many of the 160 different species, as well as some water management techniques. Information-heavy but their clear enthusiasm and passion make up for this.

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Centralisation and our Fossil Fuel Future

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Globalisation seems to mean centralisation, which means that people are expected to travel more and greater distances as the world becomes “smaller”. Today I had to travel to Sydney in order to get my (Dutch) passport renewed. Up to now I have always been able to do it in Brisbane, so imagine my shock when I was told that now Dutch passports can only be renewed in Sydney. Australia is a […]

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Small Scale Composting

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Organic waste comprises an estimated 20-40% of the solid waste stream that ends up in landfills. Organic matter breaks down slowly in landfills due to limited oxygen, which can contribute to methane gas production. Enter stage left: compost. Compost is the rich, black remnant of organic waste such as kitchen scraps combined with “brown” matter (i.e. soil, leaves); the result is beautiful fertilizer for your garden. Intentionally composting accelerates the […]

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Permaculture: Green Gold

Permaculture: Green Gold

John D Liu tells how “it’s possible to rehabilitate large-scale ecosystems”. In 1995 he filmed the Loess Plateau in China where “local people transformed an area almost the size of The Netherlands from a …desert into a large green oasis” and since then has been involved in “greening deserts” around the world. The film begins with world problems but if you get past this the solutions are imaginative and inspirational: from re-introducing “thought to be extinct” species in Jordan to reforestation and rehydration in Ethiopia. Featuring Geoff Lawton.

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Permaculture: A Quiet Revolution

Permaculture: A Quiet Revolution

Film from 8th International Permaculture Convergence (IPC8) (1) which was held in four permaculture communities across Brazil in 2008. Featuring Rosemary Morrow, the film focuses on how the participants were “preparing for, and mitigating, our looming global crisis”. Still very much relevant now as it gives a useful introduction to each of the four sites used to host the IPC8 and some of their features, as well as a short […]

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Stay Busy with Winter Permaculture

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Winter isn’t the signal for rest: it’s just the signal to get ready for spring. Any grower or farmer knows this fact. You will be looking at seed catalogs by the time Christmas comes and I will already feel behind. So, get ready to do some permaculture work in and out of your home! Don’t leave soil bare Winter gives you the time to walk around and observe your ground. […]

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Farming the Garden – The Curse of Abundance

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I remember pushing a mower over the grass, hot, sweaty, itchy, 4 hours every week from May to September. I hated every minute of it. The sun beating down as sweltering humidity arose from the freshly cut grass. From that first day I knew the grass would succumb, pushed to the edges, relegated to a bit player rather than the lead role. The sun would be tamed, shaded from below, […]

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The Polyculture Market Garden Study – Results from Year 2 – 2016

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We’ve completed the second year of our Market Garden Polyculture Study with some interesting results. This year we added a new polyculture to the trials and included a comparison between growing vegetables in a polyculture and growing them in more traditional blocks.

Below you will find an overview of the trial garden and the polycultures we are growing, a description of what we record and the results from this year’s study.

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The Moral and Ethical Weight of Voluntary Simplicity: A Philosophical Review

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A vast and growing body of scientific literature is impressing upon us that human economic activity is degrading planetary ecosystems in ways that are unsustainable. Taken as a whole, we are overconsuming Earth’s resources, destabilising the climate, and decimating biodiversity (Steffan et al, 2015; IPCC, 2013; WWF, 2016).

At the same time, we also know that there are billions of people around the world who are, by any humane standard, under-consuming. Alleviating global poverty is likely to place even more pressure on an already over-burdened planet.

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Open Source Tools for Permaculturists

A young woman is sitting at a table outside on a balcony and is using her laptop

In permaculture world we are bound by the 12 principles. Every decision we make need to fit into principles so that we know the validity of our decisions. Using a computer is one of those decisions and choosing what operating system, as well as the software, can be done sustainably. If you are charging your device with a solar panel, it is even better. First of all, list the things […]

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