Minimalism: the Value of Living With Less

More and Less balance, young man holding a tablet computer

Today’s society seems to measure success on one’s accumulation of possessions, but more and more, people are beginning to embrace the freedom that comes with owning less – developing a more sustainable lifestyle that provides endless benefits. While part of this growing trend toward minimalism can be attributed to the ongoing global economic recession, many people are prompted to downsize due to ecological and environmental concerns. For even more, this […]

Read More >
0 Comment

Why Your Garden Needs A Herb Spiral Design Solution

Herb-Spiral-Panama 01

What is a herb spiral It is a vertical garden that makes use of limited garden space by horizontally accommodating plants along its spiral design. It has a base diameter of around 1.5-2m while its height is 1-1.3 m. It is built on level ground, preferably layered at the bottom to keep weeds at bay, and the walls are built using bricks or stones. The herb spiral not only offers […]

Read More >
2 Comments

Peer-to-Peer Energy Market Emerging as a Reality for Australia

Peer-to-peer energy market emerging as a reality for Australia feat

With the rise in popularity of renewable energy alternatives, more and more households are becoming energy “prosumers” – meaning they are both consuming and producing energy. Start-up companies are beginning to tap into this market, creating platforms that allow these prosumers to sell their excess energy to other consumers in the area. Peer-to-peer energy markets are popping up around the world, with start-ups in the United States, Europe, New Zealand, […]

Read More >
0 Comment

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 […]

Read More >
0 Comment

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, […]

Read More >
0 Comment

TIM WICKSTROM: FORGING PERMACULTURE HAND TOOLS, PART 3

part 3 feat

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 […]

Read More >
1 Comment

Why Are Banana Circles Important? What Are The Benefits?

Why Are Banana Circles Important What Are The Benefits feat

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 […]

Read More >
0 Comment

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 […]

Read More >
0 Comment

Converting Farmers to Permaculture

Converting Farmers to Permaculture feat

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 […]

Read More >
9 Comments

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 […]

Read More >
1 Comment

Seed Banking and its Benefits

Seed Banking and its Benefits Feat

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? […]

Read More >
0 Comment

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

Stop and Smell the Roses feat

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 […]

Read More >
2 Comments