Category: Urban Projects

Herbs of Zaytuna – Aloe Vera

So here we are, on the Zaytuna Farm Herb Tour. We met Yarrow here and after him, the most multi-functional plant I know, is our next guest, Aloe Vera. Aloe is a family of over 500 species (most of which have not been researched for medicinal purposes) but the most commonly used for medicinal benefits is Aloe Vera or Aloe vera barbadensis although Aloe arborescens or Candelebra or Tree Aloe is […]

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The Permaculture Magazine Prize and the Youth in Permaculture Prize.

The Permaculture Magazine’s annual prize has been launched and applicants are now invited to put in their applications. With a fund of £25,000 donated by several generous benefactors, the aim is to directly help transform communities and regenerate habitats and it will be judged by a prestigious panel of international judges. The prize will consist of one main award of £10,000 and four runners up of £2,500 and is open […]

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Vanilla Cultivation: A Practical Guide for the Tropical Homestead

The vanilla orchid (Vanilla planifolia) is one of the world’s most interesting plants. Of the nearly 35,000 species of orchid, the second largest botanical family of plants, vanilla is the only species that produces an edible fruit. True vanilla is a sought after product, usually the second most expensive spice in the world, yet we associate the word vanilla with plain, boring, and commonplace. Native to Mexico and Central America, […]

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Permaculture Magazine Prize 2019

This article was first published in the Permaculture Magazine. The second Permaculture Magazine Prize is now open with £25,000 to be awarded to projects showing best practice permaculture in ecological, social and cultural design. This groundbreaking prize aims to highlight the worldwide successes of the growing permaculture movement.   We’re excited to announce the launch of the second Permaculture Magazine Prize. The Permaculture Magazine Prize 2019 is launched with a […]

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An Urban Food Forest and Therapy Garden: Angelo and Lana’s Journeys

Once a novice gardener, Lana’s garden now contains 50 beds and produces enough for her to sell $500/week at the local farmers market. “An Urban Food Forest and Therapy Garden” is the latest in my 4-part Masterclasses series. Check out the short trailer below :   In the same video we have Angelo from Deep Green Permaculture.    With access to only a small backyard,  he showed ow you can […]

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The suburbs are the spiritual home of overconsumption. But they also hold the key to a better future

Samuel Alexander, University of Melbourne and Brendan Gleeson, University of Melbourne Suburban affluence is the defining image of the good life under capitalism, commonly held up as a model to which all humanity should aspire. More than half of the world’s population now lives in cities. Yet with the global economy already in gross ecological overshoot, and a world population heading for more than 11 billion, this way of living […]

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Useful Garden Projects for Autumn Leaves

Despite having spent many of my most recent years in the tropics, and despite having grown up in Louisiana, where the number of seasons is pretty wishy-washy, I’ve always kind of assumed that autumn could possibly be my favorite time of year. My birthday is in right in the middle of autumn. It’s a time when the weather slowly cools down to a comfortable temperature, which seems better than slowly […]

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£25,000 Permaculture Magazine Prize Announces Winners

Established in 2018, the Permaculture Magazine Prize aims to showcase the very best examples of ecological, social and economical regenerative permaculture projects in the world. We want to shine a light on good people and good works in a world on the edge of collapse and climate crisis. We are therefore delighted to announce the winner and runners up of its main category plus the Youth prize supported by the […]

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How to Diversify Your Small Urban Farm

If you’re a small farmer, it can be hard to make a living selling $3 bunches of kale. You likely just don’t operate on the scale that’s needed to profit from this model of simply growing the classic vegetable suspects and hoping your customers buy enough to make it worth your while. Luckily, there are ways to diversify your small urban farm that can help make it more sustainable in terms […]

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How to Start an Urban Farm

Like any new venture, starting an urban farm is a daunting and difficult task. Not only do you have to find land to farm, but that land also must be suitable for growing food. Not only do you have to know how to grow food, but you also have to know what to do with your bounty when harvest time comes around. What has often been referred to as “the […]

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Unwanted Chemical Pool Gets Permaculture Makeover

Six months into our pool to pond conversion and the problem really has become the solution. For some time, we had been flirting with the idea of doing something productive with our unwanted 12,000 gallon in-ground swimming pool. It was during my Permaculture design course with Geoff Lawton last year that I decided to commit to a full conversion to an aquaculture wetland. What seemed like my most daunting project […]

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Straw Bale Gardens

What do straw, paint brushes and the human blood circularity system have in common?     The answer is capillaries, very narrow, long tubes. It is this physical characteristic of straw which gives its remarkable ability to become the soil of a garden bed. Large amounts of water and nutrients can be held within the straws capillaries. This is an ideal environment for bacterial growth. This conversion from straw to soil makes […]

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