Category: Design

The Benefits of Energy Free Appliances

As people become more aware of their environmental impact there is a growing desire to reduce our energy consumption and move closer to a net-zero energy lifestyle. Every day more people are choosing to live off-grid, installing solar panels and finding ways to reduce the amount of non-renewable resources we use in our daily lives. It is becoming an undeniable fact that humans have a drastic effect on the environment […]

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My Permaculture Experience at Zaytuna Farm

Discovering Permaculture The past nine months have gone by so quickly it is hard to believe all that has happened. The events that have unfolded in just the past three have caused us to look back at everything that led us to this point and question many aspects of our life that had become an accepted part of our day-to-day routine, as well as long-term goals for the future. In […]

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Kerosene transition to off-grid lighting solutions – Situation Analysis

Some 1 billion people do not have access to clean and sustainable light sources because they are not connected to national grids. The only accessible option for some is kerosene lighting and cooking (Kaygusuz, 2012). The major population who have no access to light is concentrated in Sub-Saharan Africa with around 598 million people living in darkness and relying on conventional energy sources like the kerosene. Kerosene lighting has detrimental […]

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The Future of Up-Cycling

Spring onion grow in used water bottle, vegetables plant for urban life.

Sustainability and up-cycling efforts should not solely be focused on the consumer. Instead, corporations are, and need to continue marketing ideas for up-cycling efforts of their products after the end of their useful life. In the recent years, there has been a huge push towards corporate responsibility, including energy conservation, fuel conservation via the supply chain, recycling efforts, and the use of more sustainable materials and packaging. Though all are […]

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Celebrate International Permaculture Day

International Permaculture Day, held on the first Sunday in May, is an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the practice of permaculture all around the world. This year, the 8th annual celebration will be a little different – this will be the first year this day is recognized without one of permaculture’s founders, Bill Mollison, who passed away in September 2016. In honor of Mollison’s lifelong contributions to the permaculture movement, […]

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A Time-Sequencing Plan for Straw Bale Gardens

Something has never sat quite right with me about straw bale gardens in a place where soil is available. Like hydroponics, I can envision it for places that lack soil and ground space: rooftops, driveways, parking lots, and the like. Then, I’m not sure if it’s the purist in me, but the generally movement towards focusing on soil repair and permanence (my interpretation of what permaculture ideally does) rings much […]

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The Banana “Circle of Life”: Compost and Healthy Food in Perfect Harmony

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A banana circle is a classic permaculture technique. That’s because it’s a perfect partnership between edible plants and waste. It’s a way for you to compost food scraps and wastewater like you would in a regular compost pile while simultaneously creating an ideal growing environment for bananas and other plants. To plant a banana circle in your garden, simply dig a circular pit, about two meters wide and one meter […]

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Why Regenerative-Based Businesses Struggle And 3 Principles That Will Change your Business

Why Regenerative-Based Businesses Struggle And 3 Principles That Will Change your Business

Over the years, Javan Bernakevitch and I have taught a lot of Permaculture Design Courses (~60 combined) and have encouraged many of our students to start businesses that fix the planet, the food system, and their communities. After watching and hearing from a lot of these businesses, we’ve heard a lot of similar stories and noticed a few patterns both in successful businesses and struggling ones. We started to see […]

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How To Chop And Drop More Effectively

The practice of chop and drop mulching has long been a core technique utilized by permaculturists around the world, but there is more to this concept than meets the eye. Before you begin incorporating this practice into your own permaculture design, there are some factors you need to consider. In theory, chop and drop mulching is pretty straightforward – you find a tree or a plant that can be used […]

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Permaculture – Bringing Together The Layers And The Zones

On the outer fringes of your landscape, there may be areas of wilderness. How are we to tend to these wild patches in a way that fosters increase in edibles in zones 4 and 5? And how do we maximize our food production in our first three zones? Using our permaculture principles, we can increase the bounty of wild plants already on the land and introduce native species to the […]

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Pollution-Eating Robots Could Help Protect the Planet

Researchers at the University of Bristol may have engineered a new way to clean up our planet’s waterways – with a swimming machine called “Row-bot,” which digests pollution and turns it into electricity for fuel. “Sometimes, tankers flush their oil tanks into the sea, so oil is released into the sea that way,” said roboticist Jonathan Rossiter, host of a TED Talk that discussed the potential these robots may have. […]

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Goatscaping

Herd of goats on mountan meadow

While vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts last summer, our family decided to go on a wooded hike through Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary that would lead us to a secluded beach. After hiking through a dense landscape for about half an hour, we were shocked to suddenly come upon high fences that appeared to be keeping something out…or perhaps in. We continued to hike and became aware of strange sounds coming […]

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