Stay Busy with Winter Permaculture

Sunset over winter forest lake

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

The Polyculture Market Garden Study feat

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

Country yard with trees, wheel and plough

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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Introducing Murujan Tours in Malaysia

Geoff Lawton, Murujan Permaculture Design, and Taman Pertanian Kuantan Park feature

We are pleased to announce the launching of a new experience called Murujan Tours which will allow guests to come and directly experience the progress of world class Permaculture projects in Malaysia. Murujan Tours is poised to expand to a number of sites and transition areas developing all around Malaysia and eventually around the world. We are starting with our flagship project, the Taman Pertanian State Park on the east […]

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How Sustainable Are Chickens?

Chickens on traditional free range poultry farm

Chickens are amazing animals: laying an egg almost every day just so I can dip my toast in that deep orange yolk. Chickens are a gateway animal that most people start with on the journey to becoming more sustainable. Chickens are so flexible in the way they are raised and fed. This makes them the perfect starter livestock. There’s a chicken for every person. With so many breeds to choose […]

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Help Improve Workshop Access for Central Americans

Help Improve Workshop Access for Central Americans feat

Workshops, one of many forms of education, are expensive to organize, risky to run, and an immense amount of work to pull off and host well. They can also be transformational and inspirational for the participants and provide them with an amazing educational experience. We have been offering life-changing courses and classes in a vast array of areas related to sustainability for over 15 years. During this time our core […]

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Soil Foodweb

Soil Foodweb feat

Why learn about the Soil Foodweb? Masanobu Fukuoka spread seeds out, and created a natural orchard. Charles Dowding does not dig his veggie beds, and they grow like crazy. Allan Savory advocates holistic grazing taking the patterns of wildlife movement to avoid overgrazing, and restores the soil. Bill Mollison taught to use specific plant assemblies, so that nitrogen fixers provide nutrients to “hungry” plants. It all works. There’s so many […]

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Mycelium and Soil

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Life as we know it would be much different if it weren’t for the mysterious and miraculous mycelium. Such an impressive entity, so different than most life on earth. This fungus can destroy and give life simultaneously. I’m no expert on mycelium, but I love my soil and mycelium helps my soil by breaking down organic matter, keeping moisture in the soil, and helping to prevent erosion. I’m sure mycelium […]

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Simple Ways to Conserve Water When Design Hasn’t Done It

Spider's Laundry (Courtesy of Petras Gagilas)

Managing water on a property is often at the forefront of permaculture design. Not only is there major focus on utilizing the landscape to make the most of weather and landscape supplied water, but also sustainable design dictates that we utilize gray water and minimize black “waste” water, which causes contamination, resource depletion, and health problems. In a perfect world, where all of our homes were designed thoughtfully with environment […]

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