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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.

Geoff Lawton – Connections

One of the traps that we can fall into as consultants is to get very focused on thinking, on analysing, on understanding what it is that we are seeing. We can overthink what it is that we are trying to do with our design work, and when we do that, we risk seeing things in isolation. The land. The plants. The climate. The people. The geology and the fertility. In […]

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The PRI is on Vimeo

We are working hard on our video resources for the wider community, please check out our videos that are in the process of being uploaded to Vimeo. Here you will find such films as Greening the Desert 2, and a great instructional video on worm towers by Geoff Lawton, And a great video of Geoff with using a swimming pool to grow fish.

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Growing Local – Eating Local

One of life’s simple pleasures would have to be going to the local Farmers Market for the weekly shopping. The hubbub of chatter, cooking, banging and rattling. Talking to the people who actually produce your food. The smells, the sights, the touch on your skin. The sense of being part of a food system that is whole and sustaining. Local Farmers Markets are popping up everywhere and are in great […]

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Winter Zaytuna Farm Tour

Zaytuna Farm is situated on a sixty-six acre (27 hectares) property that fronts Terania Creek opposite the village of The Channon, Northern NSW. The property contains 800m of creek frontage, numerous swimming holes, and abundant wildlife. The landscape is diverse, covering high frost-free hilltops, ridges and valleys with both cleared paddocks and forested areas. Zaytuna Farm is a working permaculture education and demonstration farm under continuous…

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Natural Renewable Building

Come join this year’s Natural Renewable Building Course at The Permaculture Research Institute, Australia. This is an intensive, hands-on course, where you will learn how to build your own affordable, sustainable, and functional structures plus so much more! Geoff will take you through this course step by step in not just techniques but planning and designing the Permaculture way. This week-long course will be packed with learning opportunities. The early […]

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Did you miss Geoffs’ Latest Top Five – This One Was A Doozy

Highlights include: • “Magic tricks” that can make water disappear…and appear. • Bill Mollison’s surprising perspective on how to measure gardening success. Hint: It’s not just about output. • My good friend Jack Spirko’s first-ever listener-voted podcast. • An incredible long-form article on solastalgia, a “form of psychic or existential distress caused by environmental change.” • An electric bike coming out of Silicon Valley that uses the same batteries as […]

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Nicholas Burtner – Beautifying Urban Spaces With Reclaimed Materials

Nicholas Burtner visits Elijah Santoyo in a suburb or Los Angeles and gets rocked by some amazing implementation of urban design. You will definitely want to know how to get that natural patina stone look using urbanite, which we affectionately dub “Urbanite on Steroids”. Elijah explains it in this video. For more great information, please visit Nicholas at, http://schoolofpermaculture.com/ About Nicholas Nicholas is an established permaculture designer, consultant, practitioner, advocate, […]

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Burdock – Build your Blood, bones and Nervous System

Burdock root contains awesome nutrition. It is an excellent source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, and C as well as the minerals calcium, phosphorous, potassium, iron, manganese, chromium, selenium, silicon, and zinc. Is it any wonder it is known for its great blood, bone and nervous system building and purifying properties. Its roots even resemble the branches of the nervous system or bones when cleaned. The roots contain an […]

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Sprouting Good’s Aquaponics

We would love to introduce you to the wonderful world of Aquaponics. Aquaponics is the cultivation of plants using the waste water from fish or aquatic creature which supplies the nutrients for the plants. Those using Aquaponics at home will be able to deliver fresh healthy chemical free produce in their backyard with the benefit of having access to fresh fish. Our specially designed education centre has been teaching students […]

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PRI – Natural Fertilisers and Nursery

Lori Morris takes you on a tour of Zaytuna Farm’s diverse fertiliser composting systems. Nursery Manager Laurie Duniam explains the number of different methods of composting that occur on the site and she also describes the process of implementing fertiliser into the nursery system at the PRI Zaytuna. This is an interesting look at some of the systems that we have running at the Permaculture Research Institute. Come and learn […]

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