Category: Events, Resources & News

A Story of Chickens and Food Stamps

In 2014 Justin Rhodes flew across the world to attend one of our Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) courses at Zaytuna Farm, home of The Permaculture Research Institute. Two years later, Justin and his wife Rebekah are inspiring others and fueling the Permaculture fire with their film Permaculture Chickens and a Youtube Vlog 100 Days of Growing Food. In the video below, their story from illness and financial lows to abundant homesteading has been captured in this micro-documentary.

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An Attempt to Set a New Guinness Record by Planting 50 Million Trees in One Day

On July 11, thousands of people from Uttar Pradesh, a northern state in India, attempted to plant 50 million trees over 24 hours to get into Guinness World Records. Although this massive effort needs to be officially certified by the Guinness World Records, Indian officials say that volunteers have planted a mammoth 49.3 million tree saplings in 24 hours, easily surpassing the previously held record of 847,275 tree-plantings in a […]

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Those Glowing LED Lit Milk Cases on Supermarket Shelves may be Degrading Milk

New research study has found that, milk exposed to LED sources, even for a few hours, degrades the nutrient and perceived quality of milk, more so than the natural deterioration which occurs with time due to microbial contamination. It was observed that, when shielded from LED lights, milk retained its quality for nearly two weeks and was overwhelmingly preferred by the consumers than the milk exposed to LED light for […]

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Inspiration and a Common Sense Approach

To close out the Permaculture Voices 3, Jack Spirko gave an inspirational talk that covered his journey into sustainability, Permaculture and his belief for moving Permaculture forward to the tipping point. Jack has an ability to take an obstacle and not only come up with a sensible solution, but to take it a step further and look at that problem from a number of different ways and work it through […]

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What is Sustainable Landscaping

Agriculture remains to be the backbone of most countries. Some people depend on it directly for livelihood (growing and selling the crops). The rest are depending on agriculture whether they realize it or not. That is because the food on their table basically comes from land and farming. But there are global threats that affect agriculture and food production. There is the industrial agricultural development. There are people who apply […]

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Abundance from Small Spaces

It’s all about habitat. If you create the right habitat, you get what you need. I often ask people, “What is the biggest predator in this garden?” The answer, of course, is “us” because that’s what it’s designed for. Before we were farmers, we were hunter-gatherers. What the word ‘forest’ (from the Anglo-Norman) means is not ‘trees’ at all, but ‘the king’s hunting ground.’ So, what we are doing in creating forest gardens is to get ourselves back as close as we can to being hunter-gatherers: less work, more harvest, no pollution, making the system as self-fertile as possible, recycling wastes into nutrients, and entirely dependent on the best nuclear reactor of all—the sun, and on the rain (or other precipitation) and wind cycles which are driven by the sun’s energy.

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Permaculture at Taman Pertanian

The idea behind incorporating permaculture is to show people a site that integrates permaculture demonstration with recreational activities. This mix will be necessary so that people who want to learn and see permaculture working in the tropics can come to this site as a demonstration site. At the same time the site caters for recreational activities that attract different crowds and traps them!

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Phayao Permaculture Center, Phayao, Northern Thailand

Having taken the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course with Bill Mollison on Maui, Hawaii in 1982, it has been my vision to retire on my own permaculture designed land. This came about in 2012 when I purchased land for my Thai family. The design was formulated and implementation began. Of the many elements designed in permaculture fashion, soil enhancement was a major priority from the beginning as the tropical soil […]

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Starting a Business – Some Thoughts

One of the things I notice is that the same challenges come round again and again. Why does this matter in the world of Permaculture? Well, for a number of different reasons. If you accept the essential premises on which Permaculture is built you will appreciate that followers of the discipline agree to take as much responsibility for the welfare of themselves and their families as they can. So self-employment becomes an obvious choice.

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Setting up Demonstration Sites at the UK Permaculture Convergence

This September I will be presenting at the Permaculture Convergence in the UK. I will be giving a series of workshops from my work around the world including a presentation on setting up Permaculture demonstration sites. It will be modelled on our experience at Zaytuna Farm and the Permaculture Research Institute (PRI), Australia over the last 16-years, the reasons that we chose this land and how we encourage other people to look at land specifically in a location as in urban, rural and broad landscape.

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Morocco Project Update

The earthworks have progressed nicely and below is a series of photos of when we were installing the earthworks and after the first decent rains of the season. Keeping in mind the site receives 250mm of rain per year and like a lot of dry-lands come’s in about 3 events in mid-winter.

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