Category: Urban Projects

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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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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Urban Garden Tour – How We Grow Food For Our Family of 6 in Our Backyard

Feeding a family of six is no easy feat, nor is it without high expense. What’s more, starting an urban garden with absolutely no knowledge of gardening, landscape, irrigation systems, rainwater collection systems, or composting in order to offset the high grocery bill that comes with a family of six is equally as difficult. Despite the difficulty, hard work, and perhaps “trial and error” that comes with starting an urban […]

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Is Climate Change the Shock We Need to Make the Switch to Urban Farming?

The rising demand for food around the globe is prompting the need for both scientists and farmers to deal with failing crop yields as a result of global warming. Steady increases in both wealth and population are leading to projections that by 2050, demand for food will be up 70 percent – but around the world, the staple crops of wheat, soybean, sorghum, barley, rice, and maize, are providing lower […]

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Why Our Urban Areas Need Permaculture: The Problem is the Solution!

According to the United Nations, it has been estimated that approximately 66% of the world’s global population will be living in cities by the year 2050. The implications of that statistic for humanity and for our environment are great. Since cities are typically very resource-intensive, requiring vast amounts of energy, water, food, and other natural resources, they place a very large burden on our planet to run them. However, it […]

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Urban Agriculture and Food Sovereignty

Urban agriculture (UA) in public spaces may have been the unloved child that mainstream western society abandoned in the 17th century in favour of ornamental gardening, but fortunately it hasn’t been abandoned by everyone. Many people in the community, in defiance of irrational design fads imposed from above by local authorities, have continued to grow food close to where they live. More than just growing food, UA is powerful transformative. […]

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Green Roofs: The Urban Gardens Of The Future

Cities all over the world are turning green as people plant gardens on the roofs of towering buildings. These green roofs provide plenty of benefits to the people who grow them and to their neighbours, so it’s easy to see why their popularity is surging. They’re also fairly easy to construct. Anyone who is willing to put in a little bit of effort can start one of their own. What […]

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Playing with Cow Poo – Bio Digester Routines Part 4

Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast describes the process after the cow manure goes through the biodigester. The biodigester compost pits and reed bed are shown and how he generates soil fertility through the cycling process is discussed.

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