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How To Permiblitz Your Business Idea And Quit Your Day Job

From the moment that we really understand permaculture and what it is all about, we enter some kind of transition. Permaculture is not just what goes on in our gardens, rather it is what we brush our teeth with, every single thing we buy, everything we throw away and, in fact, what we do with every moment of the day. It requires us to take personal responsibility and it informs […]

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Holistic Management and VEG: Part Two – Articulating an Holistic Context

Click for larger view In Part One of this series we introduced Holistic Management as a decision making process in use by VEG and the first step in applying it — defining the whole under management. Now, we move on to consider… Articulating an holistic context This is where the real work begins. What Savory in the past called the Holistic Goal, and nowadays calls the Holistic Context, is the […]

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Holistic Management and VEG: Part One – Defining the Whole Under Management

For the last several years, VEG has been using something called Holistic Management as its core operating system. It has been a game changer and a blessing, and here, as well as sharing how we have applied it, I want to have a go at explaining what it is. After a brief introduction, I will go through some of its core aspects, using the VEG example to: communicate the essence […]

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A Nomadic Permaculture Journey Continues…

Awareness course group, Tipwere orphanage, Malawi Five years ago, I never would have thought it possible to experience a journey and transformation in my life like this. My whole world-view and belief system changed. With it came a change in eating and sleeping habits, a reduction in consumption of all kinds of unnecessary products, a more positive state of mind manifested, through satisfying work outside the city or office environment […]

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Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective

A documentary film introducing Permaculture — designing a world where people and planet can thrive. Why A Film About Permaculture? Humanity is more than ever threatened by its own actions; we hear a lot about the need to minimize footprints and to reduce our impact. But what if our footprints were beneficial? What if we could meet human needs while increasing the health and well-being of our planet? This is […]

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Meet the Designer: An Interview with Béla Beke (Australia)

This is the inaugural post in what will be an ongoing series where we’ll meet permaculture designers around the world. Béla grew up in a village in the Hungarian part of Yugoslavia — a village where you had to grow all of your own food to eat, where bartering was the norm and where horse carts were the main form of transport. Upon his arrival to Australia in the late […]

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Permaculture Around Latin America – Bolivia

The following two videos showcase Permaculture meetings in Bolivia. This first video showcases a pond and garden being made with Super-Adobe, in Samaipata. The instructor, Daniel Ardita, highlights the importance of building with dirt found in the land itself, and gives us a bit of background knowledge on this relatively new building technique, which came about in the 1990s. Next up, we hear from Daniel Arce, once one of Bolivia’s […]

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Brilliance and Bunkum

The terrible howlers in James Lovelock’s new book show that genius is no defence against being wrong. Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, and a pioneering modern environmentalist, has been the focus of attacks by vested interests for decades. Is there anyone as stimulating, infuriating, fascinating and contradictory as James Lovelock? As I found during our radio discussion this week, at 94 he’s as acute and lively as ever. And, […]

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Permaculture and Climate Change: Interview with Patrick Whitefield

Marcin Gerwin: With temperatures rising and changing weather patterns, agriculture will most certainly feel the effects of climate change. Do you think permaculture has the potential to help farmers to deal with the changing climate? Patrick Whitefield: One specific way in which permaculture can tackle climate change is through diversity, which we emphasize. In terms of trees, one of the big problems with planting trees is that we don’t know […]

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A New Approach Needed – It’s Time to Let the Federal Government Know Your Views on the Future of Food and Farming in Australia!

Are you concerned about the future of food and farming in Australia? Now is the time to let the new Federal Government know what you think. Earlier this week, the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) made our submission to the Australian government’s Agriculture Competiveness White Paper process. The Issues paper released by the Department of Agriculture includes proposals to expand large-scale agriculture, primarily with a view to export. Regrettably, the […]

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Fractured Country – An Unconventional Invasion (video)

Fractured Country — An Unconventional Invasion (Duration: 40 minutes) This is madness. This is sickening (and not just figuratively). It makes me feel ashamed to be a member of the human race. Please watch, and share widely. We must stop this…. Further Reading/Watching: Australia’s First Gasfield Free State? Call for Water, Not Gas What the Frack is Going On? Colbert and More on Fracking Fracking for Shale Gas Breach of […]

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