Category: Education

“Perma-Tech” Renewable Energy Course

This “Perma-Tech” Renewable Energy Course is no ordinary offering by any means! On completion, you will gain a multi-faceted view of how to design and construct an advanced next generation solar power system and be able to relate to others on how to do the same; In other words, it is a ” Solar Trainers Training Course”! Make no mistake; this is a renewable energy “boot camp” and is not […]

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Nottinghill Forest Garden – 2012: Consolidation & Diversification – Part B

This is Part Three (B) of a series of Articles, that critically discuss’s the Nottinghill Forest Garden Project from Analysis – to Implementation – to Future Idea’s. Part One can be found here. Part Two can be found here. Part Three (A) can be found here. 2012: Consolidation & Diversification Spring Cover Cropping March: Late spring Water harvesting feature upgrades, complete by the first week of March, were installed just […]

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REC community PDC training (April 2015)

A. Introduction A sustainability evaluation of urban agriculture (UA) projects in specific wards in Nelson Mandela Bay in 2012 (Phase I) and 2014 (phase II) has shown that 97% of the school garden were not sustainable. Most projects did not aim to empower gardeners to the point of rendering the garden autonomous. A recommendation was therefore made to test a permaculture – based model of urban agriculture and promote the […]

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Nottinghill Forest Garden – 2012: Consolidation & Diversification

This is Part Three (A) of a series of Articles, that critically discuss’s the Nottinghill Forest Garden Project from Analysis – to Implementation – to Future Idea’s. Part One can be found here. Part Two can be found here. 2012: Consolidation & Diversification 2012 Goals After a year full of very hard work establishing the system, it was time to begin to allowing nature to do the work for us. […]

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Prosperous Descent: Crisis as Opportunity in an Age of Limits

Samuel Alexander of the Simplicity Institute, who has written numerous articles for Permaculturenews.org, has just published Prosperous Descent: Crisis as Opportunity in an Age of Limits. A paperback of the book is available here. Samuel has made available a free PDF version of his book, please visit his site here for more details. INTRODUCTION TO PROSPEROUS DESCENT I sometimes tell my students that I am an ‘apocaloptimist’. While, in truth, […]

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Leader Follower Grazing System

A multi-species, leader follower grazing system has recently been implemented here at the Permaculture Research Institute (PRI). Multi-species grazing has been shown to improve pasture quality, control weed growth, and enhance pasture utilization (getting the most out of every blade of grass). All of these are achieved while increasing the carrying capacity, enabling more animals to thrive off the same plot of land, continuing the cycle of land restoration. This […]

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Winter Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course at Zaytuna Farm

Photo Credit: Ingrid Pullen Do you think it is time to look at the world from a different perspective? Do you know what the problems facing humanity are but have no idea how and where and what to start with? Do you want to change your life to a more sustainable, self-sufficient and enjoyable experience? Or maybe you only want to learn about organic home food production, eco-friendly home design […]

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The Complexity of Reductionism: A Case Study of Genetic Engineering

As Albert Einstein famously said – “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” In my opinion, there is no area where this statement holds more relevance today than in relation to our tendency to view problems in isolation, to oversimplify complex discussions – reductionism. There can be no doubting that reductionist approaches to science have helped us achieve a remarkable […]

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Necessity Turns On the Innovative Side in Plants

-Extreme nutrient scarcity pushes plant roots in Australian kwongan bushlands to cook up ingenious strategies to survive For a general onlooker, the Australian Outback is nothing more than a bland empty void with low scrubs and bushes. But the kwongan bushland found in the south-west Australia has an unusually rich biodiversity even though subsisting on some of the world’s most infertile soils. In fact, the soil is so barren, that […]

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Permaculture for Resiliency in International Development through USAID

Initial earthworks for an orphanage in Kenya with poor soils in an arid climate. By Warren Brush of Quail Springs Permaculture and Casitas Valley Farm and Creamery With rapidly changing climactic and social conditions, we are witnessing instability in many human support systems around the world. Systems that are heavily dependent on centralized infrastructure and globalization for their basic needs of shelter, water, energy and food are the most susceptible […]

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PDC in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru

Come join us June 14-27 2015 for our Permaculture Design Course. Adam Woodman author of Gabions for Gully Erosion Peru and Contour Beds Peru is co-teaching in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a place that is rich with history and where you will see the native cultures (Quechua speaking) working the land as they have for centuries This Bi-lingual (English and Spanish) Two-Week Intensive Permaculture Design Course (PDC) is […]

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