Category: Urban Projects

Permaculture Paradise at Val & Eli’s Garden (Jacksonville, Florida)

Val and Eli take us on a tour of their permagarden in Jacksonville FL. They have created a wonderful, natural space filled with self-sustaining fruits, vegetables, herbs, medicines, colors, water, fragrances, and wildlife… at their fingertips. And below, Val and Eli continue to harvest the organic riches of their food forest and now cut back their garden to nourish their fruit trees with natural, free fertilizers. No artificial fertilizers, herbicides, […]

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Moves Towards Sustainability in Shanghai

Shanghai was an amazing city with an incredible energy of opportunity. My only wish was to stay a little longer. I found it difficult to get in touch with a lot of experts in Shanghai. A part of me feels burned that so few bothered to return my numerous calls and emails, but then again I wonder if I myself would bother with a traveling blogger. I did manage to […]

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Retrofitting a Small Town

For the last four years, I have been dreaming of retrofitting a small town with a group of like-minded individuals with a diverse set of skills. I talk a lot about this in my courses, and it always gets a group of people charged up. It seems as though there are a lot of people that are tired of living in these massive, hyper-urban environments that meet our basic needs […]

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A Hugelkultur Pumpkin Patch (Netherlands)

This year I made a hugelkultur area in my veggie garden. I love it — they bring a nice shape into my flat garden and now we have so much pumpkin and squash, because of the hugelkultur, that we can’t eat them all, and so we give them away. All the other gardeners around were laughing about me and my wood chips and now the hugelkultur. But they don’t laugh […]

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When the Food Forest Comes to Town!

Starting in early 2014, organizers with the East Feast Coalition of Austin, Texas, USA, and cooperating community members, plan to begin planting the trees, shrubs and smaller plants that will reshape one East Austin park into a food forest. In doing so, they will join other communities around the US that are also reclaiming community spaces with the beneficial productivity of food forests.

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The Living Earth Festival (Mullumbimby, NSW, Australia)

A seed to plant in the ground and the mind If there is going to be a revolution, it must be a revolution of consciousness, so the saying goes. Fortunately, these words are slowly becoming a realisation as many conscious communities across Australia and abroad come together to make a change. Among them, are the people behind The Living Earth Festival. Coming into the third cycle of its yearly spring […]

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Permaculture Education in Poverty-Stricken South Africa

Home gardeners are supported by Rocklands Urban Abundance Centre We are SEED, a 12 year old non-profit and Public Benefits Organisation that has been pioneering the growing of outdoor classrooms in under-resourced schools across South Africa. Learn more about our work via this video. Through the important work of connecting children to the ecosystems that support them, and bringing the miracle of food into curriculum and tummies of children, we […]

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Urban Permaculture Homestead Watch: Showcasing Current Initiatives in the City and Suburbs

by Mo Lohre and Will Redwine Interested in what random homesteaders and permaculture homes are up to? We are too. So we’re visiting them and sharing their inspiration with you. We are going to begin the Urban Homestead Watch series with the Ujima Center in Portland, Oregon. This is the permaculture home we were involved with when the Creating the Alternative Tour was manifested and it is a place that […]

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Crowdfunding for Relocalization

Today I wanted to share with you a link to a project in Cape Town, South Africa, that recently caught my eye for a few important reasons. A collection of residents in Oranjezicht, a suburb in the Cape Town city bowl, have managed to rally their community around the usage of some highly visible, under-utilized public space. They call it the Oranjezicht City Farm. The significance of the project goes […]

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Common Vision’s Fruit Tree Tour – Come Plant Fruit Orchards in Public Schools! (13-29 Sept., 2013, California, USA)

Common Vision implements innovative strategies in sustainability with diverse communities and schools throughout California. Focusing on fruit trees, local agriculture, renewable energy, and community engagement, Common Vision uses inspirational education to create a healthier and more just society. Common Vision’s Emmy Award-winning Fruit Tree Tour, now in its 10th year, has inspired and empowered more than 100,000 California public school students to plant more than 5,000 fruit trees. The all-volunteer […]

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