Category: Why Permaculture?

“Earthing” and Permaculture: Potent Health Benefits for the “Dirt Farmer”

In permaculture, we focus a great deal of our attention on the restoration and the health of the soil. We would likely agree that as permaculturists, we must protect and build healthy soil in order to create productive and self-sustaining landscapes, and have a healthy planet. Soil is Life Healthy soil is composed not only of a myriad of living organisms, but it also provides some of the most basic […]

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The Seven Layers of a Forest

Layers are one of the many tools used to design and implement functional ecosystems which are sustainable and of direct benefit to humans. Mature ecosystems have a large number of relationships between the component parts: trees, understory, ground cover, soil, fungi, insects and animals. Because trees, plants, etc grow to different heights it is extremely easy to grow a diverse community of life in a small space. 1. The Canopy […]

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Air pollution Becoming a Growing Concern Around the Globe

A “final warning” has been handed down from the European commission to Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the UK, advising the countries to address air pollution concerns or face significant fines. All five of the European countries are currently in breach of the recommended limits and have been given two months to show how they intend to comply with the EU law. Australia’s government has also recently been criticized by […]

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Maungaraeeda Farm

Maungaraeeda Farm

This short video shows what we are trying to achieve here at Maungaraeeda, home of the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. We are on the road to self-sufficiency, not there yet by any means, but we are currently producing around 90% of our food needs and 100% of our cooking energy needs. In this video we talk a bit about our routine in the morning with our animals and […]

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The Importance of Trees in the Garden

In permaculture, forest gardening is high on our list of priorities. While the production value of certain trees, specifically fruit and nut species, is an obvious positive, there are many more reasons trees should be featured often and prominently in our designs. When considering them carefully, we can find a bounty of benefits to enjoy. Trees play a vital role in eco-systems, in the planet’s atmosphere, in our water systems, […]

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Island Earth: Change The Way We Grow And Consume Food

Island Earth: Change The Way We Grow And Consume Food

“How are we going to feed the world without destroying the planet we live on?” This is the question Oregon-based filmmaker Cyrus Sutton takes on with his latest documentary, Island Earth. The film follows three Hawaiians – Malia Chun, Cliff Kapono, and Dustin Barca – as they work to address the uncertain future of the island’s food production. Through the expansive cornfields of GMO companies and the loi patches of […]

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Clean Coal is Simply a Myth!

While politicians may go around lobbying for usage of ‘clean coal’, this is just a campaign strategy. Coal cannot be clean! Right from the time it’s mined in its raw form to the time it is used after processing, it emits nothing but toxic waste into the environment. The notion of ‘Clean Coal’ ‘Clean coal’ is portrayed to be as a result of high-tech low emission of toxic substances. The […]

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How Can We Connect with Nature in Our Cities?

In the concrete jungle of the city, it can be very easy to go through life and never really connect with nature. Since many researchers now believe that our connection to nature is very important for our overall well being, a disconnection from nature has very real consequences for our mental, physical, and spiritual health. Separated from nature, we are more stressed, heal more slowly, and we feel much more […]

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Second Steps to a Food Forest in the Southern Tablelands – An Update from 2011

By Inke Falkner & Dominick ter Huurne In September 2010 my partner Dominick and I bought a 40 hectare property in the Southern Tablelands mostly covered with native bush. Initially we bought the piece of land as a weekend retreat, but we enjoyed ourselves too much and moved there from Sydney full-time in January 2016. We have been very busy building our house, but that’s another story. A few months […]

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Mental Permaculture, Part 3: Energy Flows

Permaculture: a set of design tools, a way of creating gardens, of perceiving connections, of gaining insights into our environment. But can it also be rebellious? Co-founder of permaculture Bill Mollison once remarked about a book review describing Permaculture Two (1) as “seditious”,

“If you’re a simple person today, and want to live simply, that is awfully seditious. And to advise people to live simply is more seditious still.” (2)

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The Early Polleniser Polyculture – A Support Polyculture for Orchards, Farms and Gardens

Paul Alfrey from the Balkan Ecology Project introduces a polyculture to provide pollination support for farms and gardens, yields of nutritious fruits and nuts, valuable nesting sites for endangered native bees, and spectacular flower displays to shake off the winter blues. We’re extending our Polyculture Project to include experimental perennial polycultures. Our aim is to develop models that are low cost to establish and maintain, can produce healthy affordable nutritious […]

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