Category: Community

Take Permaculture to Haiti

The Aid and Orphanage program was birthed in the heart of Nicholas Burtner, Director of the School of Permaculture, with the belief that permaculture and holistic practices truly help and empower the dis-empowered and needy. School of Permaculture provides aid to orphanages, children’s homes, women’s shelters, and struggling agricultural farms (called “aid sites”) by redesigning their environments and providing local training and site design. Regenerative sustainability is key to providing […]

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Project Somos: Revisiting the Ethics of Permaculture in One Hip, Holistic NGO

(all photos courtesy of Emma Gallagher) It took me two shuttles and two “chicken” buses to make it to Project Somos. Outside a little highway town called Tecpan, it’s a place rarely visited by the average tourist. Though it is conveniently located between two of the Guatemala’s most frequently visited locations, the colonial city of Antigua and Lake Atitlan, Project Somos is part of a tiny indigenous Mayan community that […]

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Earth as a Petri Dish: The Problem of Growth

Republished with permission from http://simplicitycollective.com/earth-as-a-petri-dish-the-problem-of-growth The 1972 publication of Limits to Growth sparked a controversy that has yet to subside. This book argued that if population, resource use, and pollution kept growing on our finite planet, eventually economies would face environmental ‘limits to growth’ – with potentially dire consequences. Despite the evidence mounting in support of this position, any suggestion that we might have to give up economic growth, or […]

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Ecological enterprises for 727 Kenyan farmers

Summary PRI-Kenya’s Permaculture & Regenerative Enterprise Programme is an innovative approach to development aiming to build sustainable livelihoods and food security whilst regenerating the environment in 4 different rural locations in Kenya. We do this through permaculture agroforestry systems where food crops and cash crops are intercropped in a mutually beneficial way. Groups are further supported with ecological value addition, processing and linkages to organic markets. What is the issue, […]

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Why Are We Being Fed By A Poison Expert?

While we have made a strong effort to put forward strongly positive articles on this site, we will share this very good presentation video by “The Undercurrent” The video is courtesy of their Youtube Channel “The Undercurrent” Is the ‘old’ Monsanto, the one responsible for producing Agent Orange, PCB’s and DDT and a terrible record at covering up and denying the tragedies that have resulted from their use, the same […]

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Permaculture – a real education for children

After writing The Permaculture Student (www.thepermaculturestudent.com), I soon realized that just having a permaculture class in traditional schools wasn’t enough, we needed schools that were entirely dedicated to teaching permaculture to children the full academic year and not in summer. In my research and education, I also have come to realize that we cannot force anyone to learn anything, that all is choice-based if we are seeking true intent, and […]

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Human Permaculture: looking at migration as flow to solve problems

Permaculture is largely about turning problems into solutions. Many social issues currently seen as problems, when looked at closely, simply require a little re-organisation or ‘re-design’, which permaculture techniques, even those normally used to design land or water flow, can apply to. These involve looking carefully at the energies which go into a system, and human movements and desires can also be seen as energies. This article will examine a […]

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2015: A year of ‘firsts’ for Permaculture in Greece!

Tumultuous times? Permaculture power! Go green, Greece! You may be hearing the worst about Greece, so here’s the best news: people are turning to permaculture! All that abandoned land, all those forgotten properties: permaculture is providing appealing solutions that make returning to the land a desirable and delicious option. It’s the only thing that makes sense in a nonsensical world! And in case you are wondering who I am, my […]

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Permaculture taking its ground in North Laikipia, Kenya!

Editor Note. This site is a great example of Permaculture in an environment that can be quite challenging, if you would like to see first hand how people work with their local conditions, please check out their website here or attend one of the PDC’s on offer. The Laikipia North region is a dryland facing severe problems of drought, food shortage, malnutrition, high mother/infant mortality, climate change challenges, massive soil […]

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Last Day of IPCUK Live Stream

Today is the last day of the live stream from the 12th International Permaculture Conference. Todays speakers include Geoff Lawton of the Permaculture Research Institute, who will be discussing The Global Potential of Permaculture. For those who missed yesterdays presentations or for those wanting to watch it again, you can view it by pressing play on the player at the bottom of this post or viewing it on the Official […]

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Designing the World We Want Livestream

The great people hosting the 12th International Permaculture Conference have allowed us to share the live stream of the event through Permaculturenews.org. You can view it now either at their website here or in the player below. This is a great service and is a credit to the professional organisational skills of the men and women from the IPCUK. This will give the whole world the chance to be involved. […]

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Permaculture Finalist For Environmental Sustainability

Callum Morrison is a Finalist for the Regional Achievement and Community Award. Callum has been working on the Waminda House Community Garden in Benalla, Victoria and started out with the Potbot, now updated to the Dirt Bottle Irrigation. The garden has overgrown during a cold winter but should be re-started again soon. Since writing the previous article on Potbot irrigation, Here is an update. It appears also that the dirt […]

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