Karuna Insight Design: Permaculture in Practice in the United Kingdom

Karuna Insight Design: Permaculture in Practice in the United Kingdom

This family-owned and operated permaculture operation in the United Kingdom is an amazingly unique and inspirational example of what can be accomplished over only a short amount of time, with even just a small team. In just 10 years, Janta Wheelhouse, who calls himself, rather appropriately, a diversity specialist, and his family are making great strides to rehabilitate their land in Shropshire, despite a mountain of obstacles on every side. […]

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Comparative look at Organic and Conventional Farming

Comparative look at Organic and Conventional Farming

Organic farming has in the recent past gained popularity. Farmers are willing to take up the risks associated with this venture and commit themselves to stringent measures required to attain organic farming certification. Consequently, with the growing interest in this form of organic, there is a rise in criticism of the same measure by those who have kept on opposing organic farming. Conventional farming standards, that are heavily seen to […]

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BeeConnected: Linking Farmers and Beekeepers to Save Bees in the UK

Bee´s in front of a stock

In the UK, bees contribute largely to food production as they pollinate major commercial crops and trees as well as produce honey; a staple for breakfast in many homes. According to a study by researchers at the University of Reading, Bees contribute £651 million annually to the UK economy. However, the bee population is declining at an alarming rate; they are reports of some species already becoming extinct. The reason […]

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The Future of Food Production – Short Documentary by Bayley Pilling

The Future of Food Production – Short Documentary by Bayley Pilling

The Future of Food Production is a short documentary by Bayley Pilling, a 15-year-old who has captured the urgency and importance of growing your own food.

In this 28-minute video, this young student addresses the current failings of a conventional agricultural system and interviews individuals in his local area who are striving to make a difference; those with solutions who are living the change and growing their own food.

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Deface the Currency: The Lost Dialogues of Diogenes

Deface the Currency: The Lost Dialogues of Diogenes

I’m happy to announce the publication of my new book – or, rather, my new ‘philosophical play’ in six acts – called Deface the Currency: The Lost Dialogues of Diogenes. Here is the advance praise the book received from Dr William Desmond, author of The Greek Praise of Poverty. “This is a creative re-enactment of the life, death and ideas of the most influential Cynic of antiquity, Diogenes of Sinope. […]

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The Monsanto – Bayer Merger

Rail

Monsanto has announced that it has accepted a merger deal with Bayer AG for a $66 Billion dollar buyout with an acquisition proposal of $128 per share in cash. Money is the center focus of this merger, and leaves the question of what the future of agriculture will hold. According to Hugh Grant, CEO of Monsanto, it means “… an innovation engine for the next generation of farming.” To observe […]

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Dig the Fig – The Essential Guide to All You Need to Know About Figs

Fig-Fruit

Man and fig have come a long way since then but have remained very much good friends, travelling and setting up home together all over the world where summers are warm and dry and winters are cool.

During this article, we’ll be focusing on the common fig – Ficus carica. We’ll look at fig types, hardy figs, fig cultivation, fig reproduction, fig propagation, good companions plants for figs, and growing figs commercially.

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Bill Mollison: A Recognition of his Life

Bill Mollison: A Recognition of his Life

A few people are born who are world class heroes to those who know them and unknown to the great majority, until one day their inescapable influence floats to the surface and is generally recognised for the cream it is. In hindsight, such leaders go on to become household names.

Such a man was Bill Mollison: backwoodsman, academic, storyteller, lady’s man and to many just ‘Uncle Bill’, but doing all these things par excellence.

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Bill Mollison

Bill Mollison

With deep sorrow, we wish to inform family and friends that Bruce Charles “Bill” Mollison, the “Father of Permaculture,” has passed away. He departed peacefully from this world in Hobart, Tasmania, just before 11 pm AEST, on the 24th of September, 2016.

After founding Permaculture Institute in 1978, he formalized the training of practitioners, which directly impacted hundreds of thousands of lives, and indirectly many millions more.

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Survival in Different Terms: A Healthy Ecosystem Is Not Based on Survival of the Fittest

Caiman in Panama (Courtesy of Emma Gallagher

As I’m working my way through and around Geoff Lawton’s online PDC course, I’m pulling out all sorts of nuggets, things that spur my thoughts or twist a smile onto my face. It’s great to hear about familiar ideas in a new light and to feel inspired once more with all the possibilities permaculture presents and all the possibilities to present permaculture. Video: Geoff Lawton’s PRI Zaytuna Farm Tour Somewhere […]

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Cuba’s Sustainable Framing May be Under Threat

Capital building

The story of Cuba using sustainable agricultural production techniques is an exciting one. Cuba has for decades, since the collapse of the Soviet bloc in the early 1990’s, adapted and used ecologically safe agricultural practices in producing its own food. This was after experiencing a devastating food crisis that resulted directly from the lack of farm input supplies that used to come from the soviet bloc. This crisis was so […]

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