Learning What the Dendritic Pattern Is (It Looks Like a Tree) and Applying It to Design

Dendritic Tree (romana klee)

Recently, I’ve been working my way through Geoff Lawton’s new online course, in particular chapter four, which concentrates on Pattern Understanding, as found in Bill Mollison’s Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual. It’s a topic that I do enjoy, though it sometimes feels a bit steeped in jargon, words formerly unfamiliar to me—tessellation and dendritic—appearing again and again. However, it’s the later, the dendritic pattern, that has recently captivated me, and I […]

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Failed Promises of GMO

crude oil on oil spill accident on Ao Prao Beach at Samet island

Thanks largely to Europe’s flat rejection of GMO seeds for the last twenty years, as compared to North America’s overwhelming welcome of them, the New York Times was able to conduct a thorough analysis of United Nations data on the two promised benefits of the infamous GMO products: increased crop yield and decreased pesticide usage. The results, as many farmers already knew from years of experience, are that these promises […]

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How To Grow Your Own Mulch?

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Growing my own mulch has long been a goal of mine. We use a lot of mulch in the nursery and garden and at the moment we have no problem sourcing straw but if/when the day comes that the farmers start using their own straw to improve their soil (which is becoming a more common practice), We’ll be needing to step up our mulch growing efforts. Currently, we grow enough mulch to sustain the perennial beds and around 10 % of the annual beds but rely on imported straw for mulching the other 90% of annual vegetable and nursery beds.

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Maximizing Your Urban Space

Small herb and flower garden built on terrace

I’ve been an apartment-dweller most of my life, and I used to think that growing food was always going to be a distant dream. I felt like my lack of ground soil and minimal surface area could never support more than a few herbs in containers, and that city life was holding me back. Many of us lack the luxury of abundant land, but still want to grow and nurture […]

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Healing Forests

Mount Crawford Forest Reserve with afternoon sunlight through trees, South Australia

Most individuals who work in an office or spend a majority of their time indoors will readily admit they feel better — less stressed, more energized and more in tune with themselves — when they just get outside. Healing Forest is a project that works off this universal truth; channeling the long history of mankind’s relationship with the wilderness before a wide and open expanse called home was replaced with […]

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Homesteading Feat

As a homesteader, you find yourself working almost all day, and sometimes into the night. It’s a great lifestyle, but you have to work efficiently if you want to get all your chores done every day. One way I found to save time is by using Permaculture growing methods. Not only is Permaculture a time saver, but it has helped us to have much fewer pest problems, better harvests, improved […]

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There’s A Bumble Bee In MY Eco-Garden

There's A Bumble Bee In MY Eco-Garden feat

There’s a Bumblebee in my eco-garden, She just chased me down the path. I must have got too close to her nest, Cause now she wants to bite me in the arse! Its a funny thing this eco-garden, All manner of creatures seem to make it home. They say variety is the spice of life, and that’s soo true, Cause these creatures add a flavour to the garden that’s all […]

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Walipini Greenhouses – Some DIY Tips

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A Walipini is an underground greenhouse with a transparent or translucent roof. The word ‘Walipini’ means ‘place of warmth’ in the Aymara language of an indigenous Bolivian tribe. These greenhouses work on the principle of using nature’s resources – i.e. the earth – to create a stable-temperature environment in which a cool climate area can significantly increase the variety of crops you can produce as the greenhouse, with little or […]

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Sustainability Is Political Freedom and Peaceful Protest

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Every four years Americans have cause for celebration or panic. Fear grips half the nation while the other half enjoys a great night’s sleep. When power is in the hands of those you favor, it is full-speed ahead with political agendas: legislation, executive orders, activism, and reform. For those on the other side, everything must be done to restrain power and fight back. This back-and-forth process is cyclic, a never ending […]

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500 days In A Food Forest To Now Include 1100 days!

500 days In A Food Forest To Now Include 1100 days feat

It can be hard finding the time to spend time in a food forest, let alone three years! With that in mind, over the past three years, I’ve taken a series of 700 photos of the food forest here and produced a short video so that you can experience what I see on a daily basis. The farm is in a temperate climate in the mountains of the south eastern […]

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Any Graphic Designers Out There? A Call Out for Collaborators

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The Simplicity Institute is mobilising for a new ‘culture jamming’ project next year and we’ve started gathering a team of skilled graphic designers (and potentially visual artists more generally) to collaborate. If this sounds like you and you are keen to volunteer some of your time (a few hours or many hours) to creating striking images that challenge consumerism and the growth economy, and advance the visions of voluntary simplicity, […]

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