Keyhole Gardening – The What’s, the How’s the Where’s, the Do’s and the Don’ts!

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Permaculture design advocates for the maximum utilisation of space, for efficient and intelligent ecological design that benefits the land and all living beings. One such methodology of design that is a heavily used example of Social Permaculture & design is the Keyhole Bed. The Keyhole Bed is an efficient circular design that is a climate-savvy, space saving, nutrient-recycling and waste-upcycling method. It is used in inner city suburbia and in […]

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Friend To The PRI Needs The Help Of The Community

Friend To The PRI Needs The Help Of The Community

Childhood meant countless doctor and hospital visits, leg braces and corrective surgeries to perform ankle fusions, tendon transfers and bone grafts. My symptoms worsened considerably in my 30s and 40s. My balance has been affected and it’s challenging to safely walk across the room. I’ve had three falls resulting in broken bones over the past seven years alone.

Daily I deal with considerable pain, numbness and instability, along with fear and uncertainty of what my future holds. My disease has progressed so far that I now must use a mobility scooter or motorized wheelchair to move around. Accepting this has been very difficult because I feel like I’m losing my sense of self. Fighting heavy depression has been a constant over the past few years.

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Learn Hands – On With Geoff Lawton

Learn Hands – On With Geoff Lawton

Start the New Year off the right way, when you begin designing your way to abundance. If you’ve always dreamed of creating your own permaculture operation, but never really had the skills to pull it all together, you can take advantage of a limited opportunity to learn hands-on, in-person with the world-renowned permaculture expert, Geoff Lawton. For nearly two weeks, you’ll live, eat and breath the permaculture lifestyle, as you […]

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Reducing Your Footprint When You Haven’t Built a Permaculture Site from the Ground Up

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In the ideal world of most budding permaculture enthusiasts, which I still consider myself, we would have pieces of land sizeable enough to begin the adventure of a lifetime. We would be designing our own energy-efficient homes with passive solar heating in the winter and deciduous vines clambering around to keep the sun off in the summer. We would have the space for luscious gardens and food forests to grow […]

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How much Comfrey can you grow on 13 m2 ? – Comfrey Trial Results Year 1

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Inspired by the work of Lawrence D Hills (1911–1991) who undertook extensive research on Comfrey during his lifetime,  we decided to start some Comfrey trials of our own to see just how much biomass these plants can produce for us, how well they fertilize our crops, how attractive they are for garden wildlife, and whether they have a beneficial impact on the soil. We sought to do this by planting […]

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Can You Really Make a Living From a Permaculture Farm? – 7 Ways to Find Out

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By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will be urban, and in more developed regions of the world, these numbers are expected to reach close to 90%. The number of cities and mega-cities with more than 10 million people is slowly but surely increasing in number.

You can catch a glimpse of this very large organism by looking at a satellite photograph of the earth at night. Brilliant clusters of sparkling city lights that dim at the edges to produce long thinly lit high-ways connecting other distant city clusters, forming organic, treelike patterns. Even these ad-vanced human creations of steel and concrete still conform to the laws of nature that we humans seem to forget so easily…

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Rustic Homesteading with Limited Space

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It’s really amazing what you can do on a small plot of land. I’m often surprised by what I can squeeze in on our ¾ acre plot. Whenever I think we’re maxed out, I seem to find a way to get one more plant or one more project in. One way we saved space and produced more food on our small homestead was with espalier trees. Proof of this growing […]

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Farm to Table Tales

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Good food takes time. I’ve heard this phrase many times before, but after nine months at the Ranch, I’ve truly come to understand what it means to me. The local Costa Ricans are called the Ticos. The Ticos live by the mantra “Pura Vida”, which directly translates to pure life. This is indefinitely how they choose to live. “Tico time” is another phrase I’ve heard and come to understand here. […]

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Hands Off Our Apples

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Apples are, without a doubt, one of the most diversely cultivated fruits in the Northern Temperate climates. Long before modern-day humans existed, the wild apple progenitor had evolved in Central Asia, where it can be found to this day.(1) Its image is interwoven into the rich fabric of human history. Throughout the ages it has been featured in countless artistic works from paintings and sculptures to domestic needlework. The apple […]

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Americans Are Not Consuming Enough Fruits and Vegetables

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For a number of years the CDC has been studying the fruit and vegetable intake of Americans based on national dietary guidelines. Currently, the guidelines recommend 2-4 servings of fruit, and 3-5 servings of vegetables daily. In 2013 state and national surveys determined that on average, only 13% of americans met the recommended daily serving of fruit. As for vegetables, only 9% met the recommendation. These numbers seem less surprising […]

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Shou Sugi Ban: How to Preserve Wood Using Fire

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Modern building practices often use designs and materials which cause destruction or detriment to the surrounding ecosystem and utilize resources which may be cheap to buy but are expensive to the Earth (see for example 1). Luckily for the Earth, a myriad of projects out there are following the “use and value renewable resources and services” principle with building materials and techniques. One common natural resource to use is wood, […]

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