Category: Design

Peer-to-Peer Energy Market Emerging as a Reality for Australia

With the rise in popularity of renewable energy alternatives, more and more households are becoming energy “prosumers” – meaning they are both consuming and producing energy. Start-up companies are beginning to tap into this market, creating platforms that allow these prosumers to sell their excess energy to other consumers in the area. Peer-to-peer energy markets are popping up around the world, with start-ups in the United States, Europe, New Zealand, […]

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TIM WICKSTROM: FORGING PERMACULTURE HAND TOOLS, PART 3

Tim Wickstrom is a former Verge grad who has started his own forge business to make permaculture and garden hand tools (Check out his Alumni Profile here). Here is the final piece of his three-part guest blog series. MY THREE FAVOURITE GARDEN HAND TOOLS I’d like to share with you my three favourite tools to use in the garden. These tools are used the most often and get the most […]

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Why Are Banana Circles Important? What Are The Benefits?

Banana circles are a popular and fairly easy-to-make addition to any tropical permaculture system. As there is already a lot appropriate literature out there on how to make banana circles I will not focus on the practicalities in this article (see for example 1, 2, 3). But why exactly are they so important? Can they be integrated into any system? And what are the benefits? Read on to explore these […]

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Forest Gardening – Urban Style

As a small scale urban gardener, I would often read about forest gardens & dream of one day having enough land where I could create the food forest of my dreams with a thriving ecosystem that would sing with the sounds of wildlife enjoying the space just as much, if not more, than I did. Ahh..one day when I win Lotto & can afford the land I dreamt. But so […]

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Second Steps to a Food Forest in the Southern Tablelands – An Update from 2011

By Inke Falkner & Dominick ter Huurne In September 2010 my partner Dominick and I bought a 40 hectare property in the Southern Tablelands mostly covered with native bush. Initially we bought the piece of land as a weekend retreat, but we enjoyed ourselves too much and moved there from Sydney full-time in January 2016. We have been very busy building our house, but that’s another story. A few months […]

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Tim Wickstrom: Forging Permaculture Hand Tools, Part 2

Tim Wickstrom is a former Verge grad who has started his own forge business to make permaculture and garden hand tools (Check out his Alumni Profile here). Here is the second piece of his three-part guest blog series: PART 2 – THE TRADITION OF HAND TOOLS The use of hand tools is one of the definitive characteristics of our species. We even go so far as to define our preindustrial past by […]

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A Unique Learning Opportunity Studying The Productivity Of Polyculture Market Gardens In The Beautiful Balkans.

Encouraged by high yields and high levels of biodiversity that we have been recording in our home gardens we have extended our research to look at how we can provide nutritious affordable food whilst enhancing biodiversity in polyculture market gardens. We are delighted to be offering a unique opportunity to take part in this study. Would you like to join us? What are we doing ? We are undertaking a […]

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Building Pallet Furniture – A New Passion from an Old Flame

I am not a carpenter, which is to be summed up by saying I have no official training and only have any knowledge of how to work with wood through a combination of 1. handing my father nails as he hammered our barn together when I was about twelve or thirteen and 2. offering to help Drew, now one of my best friends, as he continually tackled projects around Earth […]

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Tim Wickstrom: Forging Permaculture Hand Tools, Part 1

My name is Tim Wickstrom and I’m a blacksmith in southern Alberta. My focus is forging permaculture and garden hand tools for others who love to work with their hands. I love to be out in my garden and young food forest working with hand tools. My partner Lorinda enthusiastically agrees to test my creations and if you were to visit our home during the growing season, you’d very likely find us working away in our yard. Last October, I founded Reforged Ironworks with the intent of sharing with others the tools I create and why I make them the way I do.

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Aquaponics Green House

My aquaponics system is the heartbeat of my hoop house. I created this system as an experiment which has been going on for over 2 years now with minimal intervention. I built this system to provide water to my soil in the hoop house. It used to get really dry since I rarely ever water it myself. I don’t like watering anything unnaturally (with my water hose). I only do […]

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Urban Agriculture and Food Sovereignty

Urban agriculture (UA) in public spaces may have been the unloved child that mainstream western society abandoned in the 17th century in favour of ornamental gardening, but fortunately it hasn’t been abandoned by everyone. Many people in the community, in defiance of irrational design fads imposed from above by local authorities, have continued to grow food close to where they live. More than just growing food, UA is powerful transformative. […]

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Farming the Garden

How small is too small? Depending in what year you asked this question I would have given a different answer. I came across Permaculture in 2004 while searching the web for ‘intensive growing systems’. I lived in the burbs and only had access to small areas. Many techniques for gardening were attempted as I jumped from garden to garden in my parents and friends yards. Permaculture just seemed to rattle […]

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