Daniel Tyrkiel

How About Temperate Climate Forest Gardens?

There’s a few books on how to make a forest garden, all wonderful, but actually, where are they? How many people have actually done it in the 40+ years since permaculture came to be? There have been reports of tropical, and desert systems, but not much from the temperate climate. In this chat, you will find out the result of four years of work, from the idea to the book […]

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Graham Bell – A Conversation Between Generations

This is best to listen to when working in the garden, or cooking, doing the dishes, etc. Graham Bell tells a long, winding story, reminding me of those told by Bill Mollison, but also my grandmother. She had a knack for opening several threads, and just as I was starting to get lost in them, she would close them up one by one, in a very satisfying manner. This chat […]

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Soil Foodweb

Why learn about the Soil Foodweb? Masanobu Fukuoka spread seeds out, and created a natural orchard. Charles Dowding does not dig his veggie beds, and they grow like crazy. Allan Savory advocates holistic grazing taking the patterns of wildlife movement to avoid overgrazing, and restores the soil. Bill Mollison taught to use specific plant assemblies, so that nitrogen fixers provide nutrients to “hungry” plants. It all works. There’s so many […]

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Anne Stobart – Medicinal Forest Gardens – A New Quality In Permaculture

Anne and Kay created and nurture the Holt Wood (http://www.holtwoodherbs.com/) – a 3.5 acre piece of woodland, which they transformed from a commercial conifer timber planting to a diverse forest garden. The focus of their work is the medicinal nature of everything in their project. Although you will find edible species there, the idea was to, literally take growing medicinal plants in the UK to the next level. Most gardens […]

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Podcast – the contrast between sustainable forestry and planning law – a live case

You buy land, you invest your money, time, sweat, blood, and tears. You engage your community. You find niche opportunities to get paid for your investment. You build resiliency in the soil, you battle people who have no idea what you do. There is a visible disconnect between people who are the pioneers of modern land husbandry, and those who wield delegated power to read rule books written by people […]

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Permaculture Gardens for NGOs

Greenpeace and WWF are known worldwide for their unrelenting fight against the destruction of the biosphere. They are massive organisations with a global audience watching all of their campaigns. They want the best for the planet, but from a different angle to what permaculture offers. As Bill has always said, in line with Buckminster Fuller, instead of fighting a dysfunctional institution, create the alternative. If done properly, people would transfer […]

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The Protest

Friday night -“An analysis of the budget suggests that the second poorest 10 percent of society will be the hardest hit by the Chancellor’s measures, while the second richest decile are the only group to receive a handout from his budget” -Bloody typical. Not even the smear campaign his opposition launched would have stopped him from playing Prince John. -Well, don’t wait for Robin Hood either – he’s long dead. […]

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How to Completely Change our Story

There is a reason why you see a chicken above. Keep reading ;) The cross-roads There is no doubt in the mind of scientists and environmentalists that the excessive exploitation of all kinds of resources in the past centuries have created much damage to the biosphere we live in. The Stockholm Resilience Centre has recently updated their Planetary Boundaries model

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