The Amazing, Multi-Functional Cohune Palm

The Amazing, Multi-Functional Cohune Palm

I first knowingly encountered the cohune palm in its tree form when looking for property in the far eastern region of Guatemala. They had thick bases, about half a meter across, and from there, immense fronds—some say the largest leaf in the world—stretch towards the jungle canopy. Ultimately, they fall short and wilt along the sides of the trunk.

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Mental Farming: Ideas for Improving Educational Approaches

Mental Farming: Ideas for Improving Educational Approaches

Education as Permaculture If we are to continue creating a better world for ourselves, it is important to adapt and learn from others. This learning process never has to stop; even when one feels expert there is always more to investigate. Yet how we go about learning is also important, and looking at how we can best create a process and environment which fosters exploration and mutual benefit. Such systems […]

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Ancient Origins of Agroforestry, Polycultures, and Permaculture as we Know it

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The design philosophy of Permaculture as we know it today was founded by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, but the methods used are by no means novel or even innovative practices. Ironically, permaculture’s methods are cutting edge in comparison to the dull spade of today’s large scale monoculture–but, the roots extend far beyond what either blade can reach.

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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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