Planting Ginger Polyculture at Maungaraeeda Farm


By Michael Brahier, practical student at PRI Sunshine Coast. One of the projects that we have been working on the first couple weeks of the Permaculture Life Skills course is making raised beds to plant ginger polycultures. Ginger grows very well in this part of Queensland and is a commodity crop processed by a nearby factory. The other farms in the area tend to grow it as a monoculture which […]

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Long-term Census Reveal Presence of Abundant Mammalian Community in the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster Zone


An international team of researchers have discovered thriving populations of wildlife in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, bringing out the unique evidence of wildlife’s resilience in the face of chronic radiation stress. Teeming with moose, elk, roe deer, red deer, wild boar, and wolves, the Chernobyl site after nearly 30 years of chronic radiation exposure looks more like a nature preserve, than as a disaster zone. A fire and an explosion […]

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Permaculture Mandala Gardens with Chicken Tractors – Purple Pear Farm


Jordan from happen films takes you on a tour of Purple Pear Farm in New South Wales, Australia. This permaculture and biodynamic farm features rotating chicken tractor domes’ to prepared mandala garden beds. For more information about the work Jordan is doing, please visit; Previous article on Permaculturenews. Website: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Purple Pear Farm: Music by: Canvas Music Productions

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Accommodating Garden Friends With an Insect Hotel


The vanishing population of bees and other beneficial insects is a threat to gardens and ecological balance in general. Attracting insects that are useful for pollination and the reduction of destructive pests provides the chance to sync with nature. Inviting beneficial insects (BIs) to promote the natural harmony of your outdoor environment – whether it is a small yard, farm or ranch – is achievable with insect hotels. These anthropodal […]

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Understanding Earthworks


The Permaculture Research Institute is offering an Understanding Earthworks Course from Monday the 23rd to Friday the 27th of November. These are all the elements of our course. Introduction The course begins with principle and design of earthworks as a general introduction and the reason for using earthworks in Permaculture design. Climate effect The climate effect on different features of earthworks in design and how the climate effects the earthworks […]

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Permaculture As a Political Act


Permaculture, I believe, is not just a political act, but true to its nature, it is one in which all things center on positive output. This month I found myself deeply mired in political debates on Facebook. Shamefully, the altercations far too frequently consumed me until, ultimately, I’d reached an impasse, the typically fruitless cycle of such discussions, and had to admit both sides had only become more resolute in […]

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Vertical Farming: Feeding the Cities of the Future?


The future of urban farming is no more outdoor, but indoor and vertical. (Image source: Sky Greens) The vertical farming concept took birth in 1999, as an idea in Dr. Dickson Despommier class on medical ecology, in Columbia University. Despommier defines a vertical farm as any building, which grows food inside of it and, which is taller than a single storey. Employing closed-loop agricultural technology, all the water and nutrients […]

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The African Permaculture Movement


Young girl planting mtondo (Calophyllum inophyllum) near her home on Pemba Island, Tanzania. Photo Zach Melanson Some ideas change how we see the world, and then we change the world. I think this is the case for many people who catch the permaculture bug. I have a lot of hope for permaculture. I hope to see the movement continue to grow and mature because I think the basic premise that […]

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Human Permaculture: Some ideas on how to ‘Seed’ Information for Fertile Results


Seeds and Stories In my previous article, ‘Human Permaculture: Looking at Migration as Flow to Solve Problems’ (1), I explored how we can apply permaculture water-designs to help people who are ‘flowing’ from one place along particular pathways to reach the destinations suitable for them in a way which can benefit those arriving and those already there. Applying such principles will need a concerted effort of communication among all those […]

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The Seed Economy


The original economy was the Seed Economy. It’s why we eat & farm the way we do. It’s the reason we want to believe in infinite growth. Once upon a time… humans started collecting seeds. They were our first currencies, but as with all seeds, they increase exponentially, so at a certain point the market became so abundant that it altered our diets & our way of life. We began […]

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Listen to your Vegetables – They want Dirt Bottle Irrigation


If you only had access to water once a day and had to suck it out of the soil before it evaporated or soaked away, then you might be interested in thinking again about how gardens might be watered. It is common for gardeners to invert bottles of water and stick them in the dirt to help keep water up to the plants. What we have done is work out […]

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Facts that Expound more on what Constitutes of Bamboo

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Photo: Bambusa vulgaris at the PRI Zaytuna Farm Bamboo Bamboo is a resource that over the ages was not tapped. It has been viewed as an ornamental plant in the gardens and at times, in art and its economic potential not fully exploited. Bamboo is ‘the new timber’, and now people are embracing it. For the most part, it is embraced for its economic importance and benefits over timber, and […]

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