Maungaraeeda Farm

Maungaraeeda Farm

This short video shows what we are trying to achieve here at Maungaraeeda, home of the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. We are on the road to self-sufficiency, not there yet by any means, but we are currently producing around 90% of our food needs and 100% of our cooking energy needs. In this video we talk a bit about our routine in the morning with our animals and […]

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The Importance of Trees in the Garden

Cranbrook Garden (Barbara Eckstein)

In permaculture, forest gardening is high on our list of priorities. While the production value of certain trees, specifically fruit and nut species, is an obvious positive, there are many more reasons trees should be featured often and prominently in our designs. When considering them carefully, we can find a bounty of benefits to enjoy. Trees play a vital role in eco-systems, in the planet’s atmosphere, in our water systems, […]

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TIM WICKSTROM: FORGING PERMACULTURE HAND TOOLS, PART 3

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Tim Wickstrom is a former Verge grad who has started his own forge business to make permaculture and garden hand tools (Check out his Alumni Profile here). Here is the final piece of his three-part guest blog series. MY THREE FAVOURITE GARDEN HAND TOOLS I’d like to share with you my three favourite tools to use in the garden. These tools are used the most often and get the most […]

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Why Are Banana Circles Important? What Are The Benefits?

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Banana circles are a popular and fairly easy-to-make addition to any tropical permaculture system. As there is already a lot appropriate literature out there on how to make banana circles I will not focus on the practicalities in this article (see for example 1, 2, 3). But why exactly are they so important? Can they be integrated into any system? And what are the benefits? Read on to explore these […]

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Organizational Sustainability and Carbon Footprinting

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT

Organizational or business sustainability could be summarized as the management of a business triple bottom line. A business social, financial and environmental risk, obligations and opportunities constitute its triple bottom line. One of the drivers of organizational sustainability is believed to be the 1987 United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED) Bruntland report known as “our common future”. Sustainable development was defined in the report as the “development […]

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Converting Farmers to Permaculture

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Individual progress, we strive to save the Earth and to reduce our carbon foot print, this only works to a point. Unless we convert big businesses and corporations to green side, there doesn’t seem to be any impactful effect on the environment. Biggest pollutants, of our industrial age, is the industry itself. While we live in our permaculture bubble, life goes on around us. You might be an inspiration to […]

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Yielding Bigger Organic Crops with Sustainable Farming

Vintage photo of field with windmills

Each day thousands of lives are born on Earth. This speed of growth makes it difficult for all living things, especially humans, to meet their basic needs of hunger and shelter. The countries producing food seem to live below the poverty line while the rest are living beyond their means. Not only are human lives exploited in the process, but our environment is exploited as well in order to increase […]

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Seed Banking and its Benefits

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With climate change on the increase, many crops are in danger of going extinct, and this will undoubtedly cause a global food crisis. The worldwide population explosion has also led to increased consumption of food that exceeds production. Seed banking and conservation is a technique that can avert such unforeseen emergencies. Seeds are stored in secured seed banks and can be retrieved when crops disappear. How do Seed Banks Work? […]

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Stop and Smell the Roses… And Don’t Forget To Eat The Fruit!

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The only limit to your garden is your imagination. You can cultivate both beauty and function all in one space. A plant that can be grown in most gardens or flowerbeds, that adds stunning beauty and bears beneficial fruit, is the rose. While we don’t typically think of this as a fruit bearing plant, it indeed is. The beautiful rose produces the rose hip fruits, aka rose haw or rose […]

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Harvesting Water as Inspired by a Darkling Beetle

Darkling beetle on the sand

Water is a scarce commodity in dry regions so scientists have come up with an ingenious way of collecting water from fog to provide relief to people living in these areas. The idea is borrowed from a beetle that lives in the desert and is able to keep itself alive by trapping water on its body, the Namib or Darkling beetle. Such a technique of harnessing water would be both […]

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What Plants Talk About (Full Documentary)

What Plants Talk About

When we think about plants, we don’t often associate a term like “behavior” with them, but experimental plant ecologist JC Cahill wants to change that. The University of Alberta professor maintains that plants do behave and lead anything but solitary and sedentary lives. What Plants Talk About teaches us all that plants are smarter and much more interactive than we thought!

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