Inspiration taking Root

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It’s no secret that food security is becoming a critical issue around the world. With drought, economic instability, erratic weather and interruptions in transportation a very real threat, it really doesn’t take much to have the food supply disrupted. We’re certainly not immune to these effects in the West, especially since we rely heavily on corporate farming and mega supermarkets.

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Our Permaculture Homestead – Video Tour

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Join us for a beautiful and info-packed video tour of our permaculture homestead!

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Disconnect from the Grid, Reconnect with the Planet

Disconnect from the Grid, Reconnect with the Planet

Several years ago, local businessman, Andrew Price, bought a butter factory in the tiny town of Tyalgum, NSW. His idea was to create a renewable energy center in the small tourist town of an estimated 300 residents, with the aim of introducing the tourists – and the public in general – to the possibilities and benefits of renewable energy as a technology for personal use in their homes. He then realized that the town had all the ingredients to expand the idea into a renewable energy township.

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Streetscape Trees

Streetscape Trees

Geoff Lawton takes a stroll through the township of Grafton and shows examples of a really green streetscape, with very major features.

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Permaculture While Renting

Permaculture While Renting

Permaculture is short for permanent culture. How can one think permanently when renting is all about the temporary?

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Garl Garl Walbu, a Community-run Shelter in Western Australia

Garl Garl Walbu, a Community-run Shelter in Western Australia

Derby is located in the dry tropics at the entrance to the Kimberley region in the north of WA. It is equidistant from Perth, Darwin & Denpasar. It is surrounded by tidal mudflats to the west, the Great Sandy Desert to the east and the rugged Kimberley to the north. It has an abundance of sunshine and water but very poor soil for growing the foods we are accustomed to eating.

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Food is Free Laneway in Ballarat

Food is Free Laneway in Ballarat

A film about the Food is Free laneway that was started by Lou Ridsdale in Ballarat. The laneway allows people to drop of excess food for people to take for free.

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What is Degrowth? Envisioning a Prosperous Descent

What is Degrowth? Envisioning a Prosperous Descent

This is a transcript of my keynote address presented at the ‘Local Lives, Global Matters’ conference in Castlemaine, Victoria, 16-18 October 2015. Other keynote speakers included Rob Hopkins, David Holmgren, and Helena Norberg-Hodge. Introduction Thank you for that introduction, Jacinta, good morning everyone. I would like to begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of this land and to recognise that these have always been spaces of teaching, learning, sharing, and […]

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The Transformative Power of Pizza: Eating Your Way Towards Eco-Integration

The Transformative Power of Pizza: Eating Your Way Towards Eco-Integration

The proof is in the pudding. The same can be said for a functional permaculture system. When you integrate cultural and community diversity into your landscape, you are offered the privilege to experience firsthand the valuable combination that social permaculture offers every individual on our rich, blue marble. One surefire way to create a synergistic blend of people and the environment is with food. Pizza is an especially good dish […]

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Humanure Is No Laughing Matter, Part 2: The Easy-Does-It Instructions

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So, it would seem with one mountain of humanure now behind us—that, without a doubt, we should be composting human feces and urine (and, some would say, will eventually have no real choice in the matter)—it is now time to address exactly how this movement should begin. For those who missed last week’s article, please feel free to hit the pause button for a recap or simply press on knowing […]

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Septic Tanks Aren’t Restraining Faecal Bacteria From Contaminating Waterways

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– A new study from Michigan State University refutes the long held perception that septic tanks can hold back faecal bacteria, as researchers trace back the bacteria in the water bodies to leaky septic tanks. This research work is the largest watershed study of its kind to date, involving taking samples from 64 river systems representing the watersheds in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, USA. Professor Joan Rose from Department […]

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Worm farming cool, dark and wholesome

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The importance of worms was recognised C. Darwin, author of Origins of species, in his last book, in which he considered that worms are nature’s ploughman. Worms, their associated organisms and by their behaviour play, are an essential part of soil formation and continued fertility. The lack of worms in the soil is an indication of a soil lacking fertilely and health. This situation became very clear to me during […]

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