On the Relevance of Aesthetics in Permaculture

Hiding in Natural Beauty

(With the Special Mention of Five Techniques I Often Employ to Turn Heads) Often as I contemplate how to make a garden more beautiful, thoughts I find myself having more and more, there is something within me that questions my inclination to do so. I feel like permaculture doesn’t really concern itself with beauty, at least not in a theoretical way. In reading a manual or the latest article, I […]

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Green Leaf Manure – A Useful Organic Manure

Green Leaf Manure – A Useful Organic Manure

Green leaf manures (GLMs) are organic manures made from leaves collected from all available sources and used to supply essential plant nutrients to the soil and increase soil fertility in a healthy manner. Using GLMs to grow crops is not a recent concept at all and has been used in many South Asian countries for centuries. Green leaf manuring can be defined as the pruning and collecting of green leaves […]

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Nature Did It First (and best).

Nature Did It First (and best).

Aquaponics are a very interesting development in the world of permaculture and offer some great benefits and advantages. Let’s take a look at hydroponics and aquaponics to see what they offer, and how aquaponics functions in comparison to hydroponics. Hydroponics – the ingenious and highly optimized system of growing plants in water. Commercially available nutrients provide all that is needed for the reservoir and after these nutrients have been added the growing begins. This is really great for those who want to hit the ground running.

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Sean Follmer: Shape-shifting tech will change work as we know it

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What will the world look like when we move beyond the keyboard and mouse? Interaction designer Sean Follmer is building a future with machines that bring information to life under your fingers as you work with it. In this talk, check out prototypes for a 3D shape-shifting table, a phone that turns into a wristband, a deformable game controller and more that may change the way we live and work.

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Moringa Mission

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A movement of conscious beings is connecting with as many people as possible sharing knowledge, spreading seeds, teaching and establishing new forms of sustainability in harmony with Mother Nature. Our star-plant is Moringa, a.k.a. “The Miracle Tree.” Growing more plants like Moringa will help feed our hungry and cure our sick. We believe in “Being the Change” you wanted to see in the world. We believe, truly, that we all […]

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Europe’s Circular-Economy Opportunity

Europe’s Circular-Economy Opportunity

A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy that uses the model of make, use, dispose of in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them while in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life. The economy of Europe’s has accumulated tremendous wealth over the past century. Partly, this success […]

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The Issue of Sustainability: How Veterinary Medicine comes into Play

The Issue of Sustainability: How Veterinary Medicine comes into Play

The veterinary profession is one of the most overlooked and underrated professions worldwide. When we hear the word “veterinarian” we tend to think of the friendly ol’ doc’ down at the local clinic, who gives scruffy the dog his annual vaccinations and spayed the barn cat. Oftentimes, the enormity of veterinary study goes unappreciated. Veterinarians must learn the anatomy, biology, and physiology of many species rather than just one, and […]

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Made in the Shade: Tropical Trees and Plants That Ain’t Starving for the Lime’s Light

Made in the Shade

I’m getting excited. I can’t help it. The deal is in the works, and my wife and I are but a few steps—however indefinitely long they take—to purchasing our own piece of land. We’ve decided that the tropics is the right climate for us. We couldn’t resist the year-round temperatures suitable for growing. We couldn’t resist the fantastic tropical fruits—the pineapple, mango, cashew apple, lime, coconut, jackfruit…there are so many!—and […]

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Tropical Orchard Establishment Practices and Concepts: Part 1 of 3

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As I land back in the rural town of Mastatal, Costa Rica after my yearly rainy season sojourn to the states, I can’t help but step back and marvel at the sheer growth of biomass that has occurred on our farm. Even with the drought-inducing effects of El Niño at play, the ample rain and sun in this humid tropic pre-montane region combined with our strategic planning for soil and […]

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Citrus Grown in the Snow in Nebraska Using a Geothermal Greenhouse

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“We can grow the best citrus in the world, right here on the high plains,” says Russ Finch, the former mailman who is the creative superstar genius responsible for building the Greenhouse in the Snow. And he can do it spending only $1 a day in energy costs. Canopy of lemons, grapefruit-sized oranges, green figs, and bunches of grapes are held in a citrus grove with trees on the Nebraska […]

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How to Turn a Piece of Land Into a Thriving Project?

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Three years ago this month a client asked me to help him transform his land into an eco-tourism project and self-sufficient home. The land is located in fascinating Turkey, overlooking the Marmara Sea. In this article, I share the highlights of the process and outcomes of two months of intensive work applying Permaculture design in a beautiful but challenging spot. I summarise the birth and first steps of Alişler Yurdu, […]

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Permaculture Perambulations

Permaculture Perambulations

In April 2012 Lauren and I decided to leave our “normal” lives in London to explore permaculture. Weary of the “bullshit economies” (to borrow US author J.H. Kunstler’s phrase) of a post-industrial, credit and debt system we wanted to extract ourselves in a bid to clear our minds and delve deeper into practical self sufficiency. We also wanted to learn about new cultures and landscapes. We chose the Americas and […]

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