Vandana Shiva on Einstein’s Influence and Organic Soil

Vandana Shiva on Einstein’s Influence and Organic Soil

In a sneak preview of a film that Dr Shiva has been working on recently, Dr. Vandana Shiva discuss’s her interest in science, as inspired by Albert Einstein.

Traditional seeds have more nutrients as they are bred for nutrients. They are bred by the communities who will eat them. When industry enters the picture on seed, it has an opposite idea. – Dr. Vandana Shiva

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How to Harvest Enough Dry Beans and Other Legumes to Feed a Family

Scarlet Runner Beans

I’ve been growing beans now for a while. They are a big part of my diet, and the nitrogen-fixing bacteria many legumes (not just beans) have are a huge factor of garden design. It’s common practice for me to simply plant a load of beans and peas as soon as a bed is made, both to chop-and-drop but also to pull a good harvest from the first planting. Something I’m […]

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Mastering Farming Even Before Humans

Mastering Farming Even Before Humans feat

Humans are not the first species to farm on Earth. Nor are they the first species to have taken agriculture to industrial scale to feed millions. Three species from the insect world have been farming fungi from the last 20-65 million years. Ants, termites and ambrosia beetles are the first species to have mastered the ability to harvest food from crops and farming is so close to their heart that […]

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Nitrogen Fixing Species for Agroforestry Systems


I am currently working on a Regenerative Landscape Design for a site in Todorovo, Bulgaria. The plan is to establish an Agroforestry system known as Alley Cropping wherein rows of mixed species edible trees and shrubs are planted at intervals with spaces for herbs, forage and/or grain crops to be grown in between. It’s a dynamic system which is inherently diverse, providing multiple yields and excellent habitat for wildlife while at the same time being relatively resilient to a changing climate.

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My New Take on Self-Sowing Plants for Low Maintenance Gardening

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It happened this week, just yesterday actually, I was piddling through some old sheet mulch garden beds I’d made, beds still providing plenty, and discovered the next generation of plants coming up. There were three or four leafy outcrops of arugula sprung through the mulch. There was collection of pigeon pea saplings, about 15-20 centimeters high that were hiding amongst the weeds I was pulling. A cranberry hibiscus had dropped […]

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Shall We Return to Traditional Farming Methods or Is Modern Better?

Shall We Return to Traditional Farming Methods or Is Modern Better feat

In my first post, I described how the stampede for material wealth became all-important to me as a baby boomer, and why I bear collective responsibility for global warming. Not everybody in my country of South Africa had the opportunity to share the bounty. In the countryside, life continued much as before. The Way Things Were When I Was Young When I was a teenager, I cycled quite long distances […]

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A Story of Chickens and Food Stamps


In 2014 Justin Rhodes flew across the world to attend one of our Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) courses at Zaytuna Farm, home of The Permaculture Research Institute. Two years later, Justin and his wife Rebekah are inspiring others and fueling the Permaculture fire with their film Permaculture Chickens and a Youtube Vlog 100 Days of Growing Food. In the video below, their story from illness and financial lows to abundant homesteading has been captured in this micro-documentary.

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Compost Worm Farm for Chicken Food

Compost Worm Farm for Chicken Food 01 - feat

As we endeavour to progress towards sustainability on our property we need to be self-sufficient with chicken food so we wish to stop buying in grains. One food source that we can use is compost worms. Each morning when we collect the cow manure for the bio-digester there is about 10 -15 kgs more than we need. So as this is a useful resource lets put it to good use […]

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Localising Permaculture – Better for Earth Care

Localising Permaculture 02 - feat

As Geoff Lawton said in one of his videos, “If there is no permaculture group where you live, then start one”. After six months of moving to Stanthorpe in Southeast Queensland to start our permaculture life on a rural block, we did start a group. This was in January 2014. We pay an annual fee of $60 to the nearest Landcare group/office to be added to the groups under their […]

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Creating the Mainframe Design for our Farm

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This article is about how we figured out our mainframe design for roads, swales and ponds/dams. The pictures that show how those were installed you can see in an earlier article here. Because the terrain of our farm was totally overgrown and the topography is a bit complicated, it took us two years to finalize this mainframe design. This process has taught us a few good lessons which I will […]

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Cities – Food Free Zones? The Creation of the Urban Food Desert

The Creation of the Urban Food Desert feat

Have you ever wondered why our modern cities are intentionally designed to be food-free? All living things normally live in close proximity to their food sources, it’s a biological fact and a common-sense survival strategy. We often take our surroundings for granted as we go about our busy lives, but if we stop for a moment and critically examine the state of our modern cities, we soon realise a disturbingly […]

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How To Grow Watercress At Home, One Of The Most Nutritious Vegetables

Watercress Farm

Watercress is among the most highly nutritious vegetables, many of the great herbalists wrote of the revitalizing power of watercress. The health benefits of watercress are attributed to its nutrient content. Watercress is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, E, manganese, and carotenes. It also a good source of calcium, fiber, iron and copper. Watercress livens up raw salad and it also makes a valuable juice. Watercress […]

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