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PRI Zaytuna Farm functions as a model farm (in development) and permaculture training facility. Geoff and Nadia Lawton, world-renowned permaculture educators and consultants, lead the project. Much of Geoff and Nadia’s time over the last few years has been spent away from the Institute, consulting and helping set up projects in diverse locales around the world.

Seeing the worldwide demand for knowledgeable permaculture consultants and teachers increase exponentially, as fuel and fertiliser prices skyrocket and the effects of climate change, soil depletion and water shortages begin to hit hard, priority and focus is now shifting back to the Institute, where growing the training program will increase the output of quality teachers to help fill the growing need for them.

Dryland Harvesting Home Hacks Sun, Rain, Food & Surroundings

When Brad Lancaster and his brother bought their home in downtown Tucson, the streetscape was a dusty place, devoid of trees or any vegetation. In 1996 Lancaster and his neighbors started an annual tree planting project, which up till now has resulted in over 1,400 native food-bearing trees being planted (usually with water-harvesting earthworks) in the neighborhood. In 2004, Lancaster augmented the street tree planting by using a 14-inch, gas […]

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Vermicomposting: How Worms Can Reduce Our Waste

Nearly one third of our food ends up in the trash can. There is hope, however, in the form of worms, which naturally convert organic waste into fertilizer. In this very well illustrated video, Matthew Ross details the steps we can all take to vermicompost at home — and why it makes good business sense to do so. Video Courtesy of Ted Ed For a great article about setting up […]

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Geoff Lawton, Murujan Permaculture Design, and Taman Pertanian Kuantan Park

Can a nearly 300 acre park, damaged by poor maintenance and environmental factors be brought back to life with permaculture? Geoff Lawton goes to Malaysia to help make it happen. Taman Pertania Kuantan today is a heart breaking example of how a shared community space can become damaged by lack of care and lack of knowledge. The state-owned park was long a favourite place for residents to gather, and it’s […]

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How To Grow A Forest In Your Backyard

Forests don’t have to be far-flung nature reserves, isolated from human life. Instead, we can grow them right where we are — even in cities. Eco-entrepreneur and TED Fellow Shubhendu Sharma grows ultra-dense, biodiverse mini-forests of native species in urban areas by engineering soil, microbes and biomass to kickstart natural growth processes. Follow along as he describes how to grow a 100-year-old forest in just 10 years, and learn how […]

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Vandana Shiva on Einstein’s Influence and Organic Soil

In a sneak preview of a film that Dr Shiva has been working on recently, Dr. Vandana Shiva discuss’s her interest in science, as inspired by Albert Einstein.

Traditional seeds have more nutrients as they are bred for nutrients. They are bred by the communities who will eat them. When industry enters the picture on seed, it has an opposite idea. – Dr. Vandana Shiva

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A Story of Chickens and Food Stamps

In 2014 Justin Rhodes flew across the world to attend one of our Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) courses at Zaytuna Farm, home of The Permaculture Research Institute. Two years later, Justin and his wife Rebekah are inspiring others and fueling the Permaculture fire with their film Permaculture Chickens and a Youtube Vlog 100 Days of Growing Food. In the video below, their story from illness and financial lows to abundant homesteading has been captured in this micro-documentary.

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How Does a First Flush System Work?

What is a first flush system? It’s a system where you flush the first dirty rainwater after it rains. This is to eliminate or reduce the contaminants present in your rainwater harvesting system. When you harvest rainwater for future use, you have to make sure that it’s clean enough. If it’s not, the debris and contaminants might clog the pipes and the spouts. With a first flush system though, you […]

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What is an Earthship?

What is an Earthship? The name itself is a source of puzzlement and wonder to some readers. Some might even think that it’s a vessel where only a chosen people can go to when the world is going under. Here’s the truth though. Anyone can go to an Earthship. But what is it anyway? An Earthship is actually a place where people can live. The place is applying sustainable practices […]

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About Solar Feed-in Tariffs: Effects and Solutions

Solar power is one of the best solutions in answering the energy crisis. Aside from that, it’s renewable and environment-friendly. It’s truly a practical solution that households can take advantage of. Governments also recognize this. That’s why they offer special incentives to encourage homeowners to use solar power. One such incentive is to offer money to solar power users if they can feed energy back into the grid. In other […]

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Inspiration and a Common Sense Approach

To close out the Permaculture Voices 3, Jack Spirko gave an inspirational talk that covered his journey into sustainability, Permaculture and his belief for moving Permaculture forward to the tipping point. Jack has an ability to take an obstacle and not only come up with a sensible solution, but to take it a step further and look at that problem from a number of different ways and work it through […]

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Raising Resilient Kids in a World Full of Wusses

Getting out of the problem and into the solution. Jack Spirko of The Survival Podcast has shared episode 1825 on his Youtube Channel commercial free. This episodes’ main focus is that children should be praised positively, but that it should not be a one size fits all approach. Jack illustrates, as with all of his material, a well thought out point of view. Jacks’ 10 rules for raising resilient children […]

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