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Greening the Desert with Permaculture

“I have never seen soil like this before” was the comment that Bill Mollison made during a visit to the ‘Jordan Valley Permaculture Project (aka ‘Greening the Desert – the Sequel’) in 2011. At the time, he was referring to the poor state of the soil in the small village of Jawasari, Jordan. An area of the world where the landscape has been damaged by not only extreme pollution and […]

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First Community Food Forest in the City of Melbourne

First Community Food Forest in the City of Melbourne

The Kensington Food Forest began with a dream, to provide healthy nutritious organic food for our local community, to build resilience around food security.  Kensington is an inner city suburb in Melbourne.  We wanted to grow our own food to reduce pressure on farmlands, reduce food miles and the subsequent use of fossil fuels in transportation as well as keeping chemicals off our plates and creating community.  After doing my […]

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Battery Technologies for Off-Grid Living

There are so many battery technologies out in the marketplace, and it is highly likely between me writing this and you reading it there will be another new fandangled world’s best battery that has hit the market. What Elon Musk has done with Tesla is to create a market awareness of wanting to install home battery storage and reduce our impact on the environment from burning fossil fuels. This has […]

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Permaculture and Music Fusion at Maungaraeeda

To close off a second day of CelebrATE at PRI Sunshine Coast, we strapped on belts to become human marimbas, a musical instrument similar to a xylophone. This was the second musical workshop of this permaculture celebration, a jam session with all of the participants. We had to lean back to stretch out the keys between two people, each playing half the instrument and coordinating to connect the high and […]

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Permaculture Magazine Prize 2018 Launched

Permaculture magazine is launching the Permaculture Magazine Prize 2018 with a fund of £20,000. The Prize will consist of one main award of £10,000 and four runners up of £2,500 and is open to any permaculture project in the world. The Prize is to celebrate and award permaculture projects that reach ordinary people and demonstrate best practice permaculture both in terms of ecological and socially / culturally innovative design. This […]

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ACT Permaculture Festival – Australia

Costa Georgiadis with a chicken in the garden

Those looking for a way to entertain the whole family on Sunday 15 April 2018 need look no further than the free ACT Permaculture Festival, which will run from 10 am – 4 pm and will be held at Canberra City Farm in Fyshwick. With stalls, music, food, talks, workshops, kids activities, farm tours and more, there will be something for everyone. “There’s no other event in the Capital Region like this one, where […]

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From Big City Kuala Lumpur to Rural Kampung, Chalin Food Forest

Malaysia might not be a country that is known for permaculture, but many of the tropical ancestral practices of our forefathers reveal wisdom and the interconnection of humans and nature. Who would have thought the supposedly simple act of daily burning of excess leaf litter with branches in front of the ‘kampung’ or village house, actually helps fumigate the whole compound off mosquitoes and pests. The burning is done by […]

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Travel to the Tropics to Study Permaculture Design with PRI

Immerse yourself in learning the application of permaculture concepts and practices in the tropics with Permaculture Research Institute’s upcoming Permaculture Design Certificate course, running August 13 to 24 at Kenaboi, Negri Sembilan, Malaysia. On the edge of the Malaysian Titiwangsa mountain range just 90km south of Kuala Lumpur, this 8-acre property offers a classic example of a tropical farm and forest – with almost 12 hours of daily sunlight and […]

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Scientists claim native Australian plants may offer a potential cure for Zika virus

A potential cure for the Zika virus has been discovered by Queensland researchers, using compounds sourced from a native Australian plant. Through a partnership between Australian-based biotech company Health Focus Products Australia (HFPA), researchers from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have discovered the compound, found in a common Australian plant, halts the virus – preventing it from replicating without causing damage to mammalian host cells. While the plant itself is […]

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SCC Urged to Reconsider Decision to Chop Down Fruit Trees in UFS

Western Australia Councilor Chris Cornish is urging the Sunshine Coast Council (SCC) to consider reducing the red tape around verge gardens – after council workers cut down 18 fruit trees in the Urban Food Streets (UFS) precinct at Buderim. The gardens span 11 streets and provide sufficient produce to feed approximately 200 households – but the council has decided that if residents do not obtain free permits and take out […]

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Ferro-cement Water Tanks an Affordable DIY Solution

When there is no water there is very little else. That is why water is, with good reason, the backbone of land-based Permaculture design. As designers, we observe and create opportunities to catch and store water. There are many options available to us: in the soil, in biomass and in ponds, dams, and tanks. There is lots of great tried and tested solutions out there that you could explore. Here […]

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Join Us For The International Permaculture Convergence, India 2017

We, at Aranya Agricultural Alternatives, are truly excited to welcome the international permaculture community in India this year and host the 13th International Permaculture Convergence, in Hyderabad, the capital of the southern state of Telangana. Why having this biannual event in India? India boasts a diversity of climates and resulting landscapes, from deserts to alpine tundra to rain-forests to islands. Each of these regions come with their own unique challenges […]

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