Hypocrites Unite!

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At least we have some ideals to fall short of. by George Monbiot – journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist In her new book, Not In My Name, Julie Burchill reserves her grandest fury about hypocrites for environmentalists. We are, she says, pious, sexless and contemptuous of humankind. All of us are posh and rich, and have found in environmentalism a new excuse for lecturing the poor. We […]

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Soil – Our Financial Institution

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Soil — the substance you walk on, build on, and live from — provides your food, clothing, and even the air you breathe. It gives warmth, shelter, and the goods you possess. Soil is, I believe, a substance that is under-acknowledged, and also under attack, and its misuse is contributing greatly to the excessive release of CO2 into our atmosphere – making it a large contributor to global warming. Therefore, […]

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Small is Bountiful

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by George Monbiot – journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist. Originally published in the Guardian, 10 June 2008 I suggest you sit down before you read this. Robert Mugabe is right. At last week’s global food summit he was the only leader to speak of “the importance … of land in agricultural production and food security”.(1) Countries should follow Zimbabwe’s lead, he said, in democratising ownership. Of course […]

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18-Day Compost – the Appliance of Science

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Composting puts carbon back where it belongs – in our soils! You may have got beyond the ‘heave it in and hope’ stage of composting, but the average heap or bin still involves a lot of trial and error. This 18-day compost system takes the guesswork out of your heap and turbo-charges the whole process. But, it does require consistent effort for two weeks and careful monitoring to work properly. […]

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Shell Shock and Delta Blues

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Click for larger view Courtesy: Throbgoblins While the US and UK concentrates most of its oil warriors in the middle east it’s easy to forget the struggle that goes on and on for the black gold of Nigeria. Both place and people continue to suffer, and Gordon Brown has sent in some professional help to deal with those pesky locals. The rush to keep it cheap and keep it burning […]

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Kitchen Garden Segment from “Establishing a Food Forest” DVD

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Our new Food Forest DVD is almost complete. We’ll let you know as soon as this is finalised and available for sale, but in the meantime, here’s another teaser (see previous promo) – this time with Geoff walking amongst the great food diversity to be found in the kitchen garden at Zaytuna Farm, host site of The Permaculture Research Institute of Australia.

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Permaculturist Wanted – for Uganda

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A great opportunity for growing food and teaching permaculture alongside about 300 children’s big smiles, songs and dances in south-western Uganda Are you planning to travel to Africa? And do you like a challenge? If so, then we would welcome you for six to twelve months as ‘permie in residence’ at our Sabina Children’s Home. Here’s a taste of what we offer: Rakai Primary School and Home for Children has […]

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Efficient Glasshouse Design

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A well designed glasshouse can serve many functions and be an extremely productive element in a permaculture system. It creates a self-contained environment in which the designer can modify conditions of heat, light, water and air for a variety of benefits. High value crops can be grown out of their normal climatic range or produced out of season, growing seasons can be extended by starting seedlings of annual plants early, […]

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Retrofitting Tips

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Reprinted from ‘Earth-User’s Guide to Permaculture’ Most of us are stuck with the house we live in. What can we do to improve it? Here is a checklist of ways to retrofit a home and some good ideas to make life more comfortable. TOO HOT IN SUMMER Insulate ceiling Pergola and vines Deciduous trees Shady verandahs Breezeways/corridors Solar fans Cool air tunnels Deciduous creepers Shadehouse with plants

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The Permaculture Research Institute Signs MoU with Muslim Aid Australia

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Geoff Lawton and Iman S.I. Partoredjo signing the MoU at the historically significant location of Botany Bay As yet another sign of the growing recognition of permaculture’s crucial role in helping restore health and sustainability to both land and communities, the Permaculture Research Institute is pleased to announce we have just signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Muslim Aid Australia, with the intention of pooling resources and knowledge to […]

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