Bartering System Makes a Comeback Due to Greek Financial Crisis

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Greece is in financial crisis. That’s unlikely to be news to anyone after updates on the Greek economy have been gracing our television screens, newspapers and radios for the last month or so. But most of the reports focus on the impact that the financial crisis and the third bailout programme will have on the country’s banking system and on its large, medium and small business; rather than taking a […]

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Comparing the Great Wall of China’s Contour Structure with That of a Water Harvesting System

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A permaculture enthusiast may want to inquire: how do the structures of both the Great Wall of China and Water Harvesting System relate A Brief history of the Great Wall Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987, the Great Wall of China has always been the most visible symbol of power and influence of the past Chinese Empires. Initially built by Emperor Qin Shi Huang (c.259-210 B.C.) in […]

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How to Build a Swale on Contour Successfully

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Swales are amongst my favorite permaculture projects. Though they can be laborious, especially for a shovel and pick fellow like me, they show results quickly and look amazing, texturing the landscape with both purpose and beauty. They are easy to explain: Everyone understands the concept of plants needing water. Swales are also perfect for those of us wanting to build no-dig garden beds, as digging the (swale) paths provides the […]

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Redesigning Resources – Permaculture Ethics, Food and Communities with Geoff Lawton (Video)

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An interview with Permaculture pioneer, Geoff Lawton. Geoff is an expert in this growing field. Since the mid-nineties he has specialised in all things permaculture, including the education, design, implementation, system establishment, administration and community development of it across the world. He is a true leader in building a sustainable and healthy future for humanity. In the video he moves through many aspects of permaculture, including its positive environmental, practical, […]

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Living With The Land Part 4 – Urban Permaculture: Permablitz

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Permaculture design can be applied to all aspects of our lives. Whether it is communities, farms, gardens or urban areas. With over 50% of the population living in urban areas, the London Permablitz team is working hard to spread permaculture across the city, transforming community spaces and individual gardens into wildlife-friendly, edible havens. Learn how they implement designs and create productive and beautiful urban environments. A Permablitz, which is a […]

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Rewilding Permaculture: Tending zones 4 and 5

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Much has been written on domestic permaculture(zones 1-3) and by now we all know the basics on growing domestic plants in accordance with natural systems. But, how do you encourage the wild edges of your land to produce more food and useful resources? In this article, I will discuss how to create a wild food forest in the often ignored zones 4 and 5. Zone 4 is used to denote […]

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Tiny House on Wheels Workshop (Oct 17-22)

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Samuel Alexander – is a lecturer with the Office for Environmental Programs and research fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI), University of Melbourne. He also co-directs the Simplicity Institute. For those in Victoria, here are details of an upcoming “Tiny House on Wheels” workshop out at Wurruk’an. If you’re interested, don’t hesitate to apply as spots are limited and are likely to be filled quickly. I’ve been part […]

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Free Permaculture Property Designs

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I’m currently undertaking a Diploma of Permaculture through the Permaculture Institute! A requirement of the Diploma is to have had designed at least seven successful permaculture properties. SO, I’ve decided to offer TEN FREE PERMACULTURE SITE DESIGNS a.k.a. MASTER PLANS for your urban food forest dreams in the Melbourne region this winter! For the past several years I’ve worked on several permaculture plots in Australia, India and Thailand.

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PRI Luganville, Updated Stage 1 of Setting up the Site

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Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast talks about and shows the site of the new Permaculture Research Institute Luganville, Vanuatu. The site is surveyed by Tom, Dani, Anne and Meriem and they are determining the location of the first swale, the house and gardens. Follow us on www.permacultureluganville.org. Inaugural PDC course 30 May – 17 June 2016, 12 day PDC course with 3 days practical integration. Every […]

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Permaculture Design Practicum with Rhamis Kent, Owen Hablutzel and Mustafa F. Bakir

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This course is organized by TPAE (Permaculture Research Institute of Turkey). Date: 31 August – 3 September 2015 Location: Dedetepe Ecological Farm, Çanakkale Seriously interested in design and consulting? This course is for you! In this 4-day intensive course, PRI’s best three will teach you how to successfully implement your permaculture designs. Having worked as permaculture designers and consultants in various parts of the world, Rhamis, Owen and Mustafa will […]

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Fermenting Beverages

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It was some time ago, over a year to completely admit the extent of my procrastination, that I was working through a breezeblock of a book entitled The Art of Fermentation, by Sandor Katz, the modern Moses of the dark and mysterious process. It all sounded so fun, so magical for a guy who loves a tip of the tipple but has never made his own, and I couldn’t help […]

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The New Episode of Living with the Land

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