Gurkan Yeniceri

How To Get Natural Good Bacteria

In the world of fermented goods, the good bacteria, mould and yeasts are the unspoken hero. I will call them Good Guys from now on. Before the invention of fridges, most produce were pickled, cured, salted and/or smoked to preserve them for the winter months so that food is available and life can continue. Nowadays most people are living daily. We buy food daily or weekly at most, believing that […]

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Grafting – The Art of Making Your Own Trees

One of the most important elements while building our food producing systems is to acquire the genetic diversity by way of tree seedlings, heirloom vegetable seeds, accumulators, companions, soil microbiology etc. I would like to draw your attention to trees particularly which are usually costly if bought from nurseries. While the S.T.U.N method of Mark Sheppard is also very acceptable to grow fruit trees, grafting is still a nice skill […]

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System Diversity

We all know that the bio-diversity is the utmost important model of growing edibles. I want to draw your attention to the system-diversity as well dear reader. I call myself a backyard farmer. While I cram things into my back and front yard, I make sure that I don’t rely on one single system for my food production. If one system stops producing, I should still have others to produce […]

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Converting Farmers to Permaculture

Individual progress, we strive to save the Earth and to reduce our carbon foot print, this only works to a point. Unless we convert big businesses and corporations to green side, there doesn’t seem to be any impactful effect on the environment. Biggest pollutants, of our industrial age, is the industry itself. While we live in our permaculture bubble, life goes on around us. You might be an inspiration to […]

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Post-capitalism and Permaculture

Boring title, but not a boring read. Please continue reading dear reader and let me know your thoughts in the comments. With the advancement of technology, we are moving into a new level of economy where most information, even some of the proprietary ones are freely accessible on the net. The level and degree of communication is also much more elaborate that likeminded people don’t need to lift themselves from […]

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Commercial Permaculture Farm

Grandpa Bill stated the prime goal of permaculture is “the aim to create systems that are ecologically sound and economically viable”. While we try to leave minimum foot print on the Earth, we are trying to produce food for ourselves and our animals. Once we go back to the roots and study Bill Mollison again, we see that “economy” is actually playing a role in every design but we don’t […]

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Nutrient Density for Real

One of the things that we are trying to accomplish with permaculture is to take over the Earth, actually feed ourselves and our animals with the resources available that we can leverage. We all know that 3 main calorie sources are proteins, fats and sugars that is commercial meat, margarine and refined sugar for city dwellers and paddock grazed lamb, full fat butter we made and honey from our beehives. […]

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Integrating Beekeeping with Permaculture

Insects and wildlife are an important part of a permaculture design. Without them your design will not be complete, the forces will not be in balance like the Jedi without Darth Wader. Bees particularly have outputs we all can enjoy, even some vegans are bending the rules for honey and I am sure cavemen were enjoying the honey during palaeontologic times, you know what I mean bullet proof coffee lovers. […]

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Open Source Tools for Permaculturists

In permaculture world we are bound by the 12 principles. Every decision we make need to fit into principles so that we know the validity of our decisions. Using a computer is one of those decisions and choosing what operating system, as well as the software, can be done sustainably. If you are charging your device with a solar panel, it is even better. First of all, list the things […]

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Implementing Aquaponics in Permaculture

Aquaponics (AP from now on) is a system to produce fish and vegetables in a closed loop system. It is not mentioned in permaculture books but I think AP has a place as part of a permaculture design. It is possible to incorporate the AP in a sustainable way in our designs too. AP cannot be the main food producing system though. In an integrated food producing systems, it has […]

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Permaculture in the City

This article is not about growing food in city. We will talk about city life, where you work 8 to 6 and still have a social life, and trying to pay a mortgage or two and live on plastics rather than cash money. Life in metropolitan cities are fast, relies on money and communication is mostly online. How can you sustain your existence in a fast moving life style? There […]

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Evolution of Permaculture

Anybody who has taken a PDC course or read material on the net would have learnt basic principles of Permaculture. There are 12 principles from David Holmgren and Bill Mollison’s principles scattered throughout the Permaculture Designer’s Manual. Courses around the World usually follow only one of the founder and base the 72 hours PDC course on him. Learning is an experience and never ends. Especially with permaculture, where the application […]

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