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Life After Heaven

I spent three and half years at Zaytuna Farm, the home of the Permaculture Research Institute. I started out as a volunteer, and I finished up as a Farm Manager. Zaytuna Farm is where I milked my first cow. It’s where I planted my first ice cream bean tree, slaughtered my first animal, and harvested my first crop of wheat. I taught my first Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course there, and it’s where I found my better half who back then was an intern and is now my wife.

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Permaculture Soils Course

The Permaculture Soils Course redefines ‘sustainable agriculture’ as ‘our ability to build soil fertility as we improve production and reduce cost and labor’. Very few systems are able to achieve this goal in an affordable and achievable way.

You will leave the farm with the tools to be more productive in your backyard, in a greenhouse, on the farm, or in the city.

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Recording the Language of Nature

For 45-years Bernie Krause has been recording the soundscapes of the wilderness. In that time, he has heard the alterations in our environment change with the effects of global warming; how our actions as humans impact nature.

In June 2013 Bernie was at TEDGlobal 2013 where he describes how he records and listens to nature’s symphonies.

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Announcing the First Programme Details – Geoff and Nadia Lawton

The Permaculture Research Institute (PRI) is excited to announce that Geoff and Nadia Lawton will be attending this year’s British Permaculture Convergence to present a series of workshops. Presenters include: Geoff Lawton – Permaculture Research Institute Setting up demonstration sites as education centres & training permaculture project managers Permaculture Earthworks design and implementation Nadia Lawton School gardens across the world Working with tribal women Matt Ralston & Adrian Lovett Making […]

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Winter Zaytuna Farm Tour

Winter Zaytuna Farm Tour

Zaytuna Farm is situated on a sixty-six acre (27 hectares) property that fronts Terania Creek opposite the village of The Channon, Northern NSW. The property contains 800m of creek frontage, numerous swimming holes, and abundant wildlife. The landscape is diverse, covering high frost-free hilltops, ridges and valleys with both cleared paddocks and forested areas. Zaytuna Farm is a working permaculture education and demonstration farm under continuous…

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Natural Renewable Building

Natural Renewable Building

Come join this year’s Natural Renewable Building Course at The Permaculture Research Institute, Australia. This is an intensive, hands-on course, where you will learn how to build your own affordable, sustainable, and functional structures plus so much more! Geoff will take you through this course step by step in not just techniques but planning and designing the Permaculture way. This week-long course will be packed with learning opportunities. The early […]

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Did you miss Geoffs’ Latest Top Five – This One Was A Doozy

Highlights include: • “Magic tricks” that can make water disappear…and appear. • Bill Mollison’s surprising perspective on how to measure gardening success. Hint: It’s not just about output. • My good friend Jack Spirko’s first-ever listener-voted podcast. • An incredible long-form article on solastalgia, a “form of psychic or existential distress caused by environmental change.” • An electric bike coming out of Silicon Valley that uses the same batteries as […]

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Humble Design To Make Good Things Happen

Humble Design To Make Good Things Happen

Where should you put your excellence and effort, and where should you hold back resources for later?

People who answer this question well have startups that succeed, homes that are low in friction, and a reliably bright way of facing life’s uncertainty. The cast include Atlassian’s Principal Design Strategist, an Aussie Permaculture designer, and Japanese design philosophy itself, as seen in Muji, the iconic no-name homeware’s brand.

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Food Security and Food Sovereignty

Food security and food sovereignty are ever increasing issues, we need to learn new methods for growing food for areas in need these include anything from the most remote islands or even inner city horticulture where we need to have food grow more community food in the community itself. Ultimately we should be able to recycle community waste as resource and ‘grow food for free’. We have a project on […]

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Food Forests & Crop Gardens

Food Forests & Crop Gardens

In just over a months time the Permaculture Research Institute, Australia will be hosting a Food Forest & Crop Garden course at our home, Zaytuna Farm in Northern NSW Australia. In this course, Geoff and Nadia will explain the patterns of these systems and the essential principles of “time stacking” your garden with the right mix of support species that feed and protect your fledgling trees into maturity. You will be putting this new found theory into action, planting the seeds and seeing how the system grows with example gardens at different stages of development. Zaytuna Farm is pure gold for a high rich learning environment.

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Jordan Recap

Well I have returned from Jordan not entirely fit and well. I managed to get a touch of the flu during the two weeks but still managed to facilitate the course. It was a great experience to go to Jordan and spend time on a site that is around 350 meters below sea level. Man what a place . The soil is just very degraded highly alkaline dirt that doesn’t […]

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Cuba’s Big Lesson, Authentic Teachers, and “Solar-Powered Carpets”

Our April 8th edition of the “Friday Five” went out to all subscribers on GeoffLawtonOnline.com yesterday. It highlights: How to make your own natural swimming pool Carpet-like solar power Lessons from Cuba’s sustainable development An incredible new online project: Women who Farm Another new mini-video from Geoff reflecting on his days with Bill Mollison See the full Friday Five post (and all past ones) here. Moving forward, the Friday Five […]

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