Proposal from Tesla Encourages Discussion About Renewable Energy in Australia

Finally, the Australian government is considering the potential benefits of addressing the country’s energy crisis with solar batteries – thanks to a $33 million bet with billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk. In the past, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbill said a “rush” to increase Australia’s generation of renewable energy would result in more expensive, less reliable power. Following a proposal from Tesla’s Elon Musk, Turnbill is changing his tune, even tweeting […]

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Organic Farming in France

France has been on the forefront of organic farming for years now and things don’t look like they’re going to change anytime soon. There has been a 115% increase in organic farms from 2007 to 2013 and the number of people that consume organic products regularly has increased from 37% in 2003 to 65% in 2016. The stats are startling, and more consumers are moving towards the organic route due […]

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Grow a Little Sunshine in Your Garden

It’s true, gardens need plenty of sunshine. Plants thrive on its energy and we love its warmth. So how do you capture and show off that vitality in a garden plant? Simple, you grow sunflowers! These beautiful, bright flowers, with delicious and nutritious seeds, turn any garden into a sunny oasis. Steady as the Sun(flower) Properly known as Helianthus annuus L., the sunflower is a member of the family Asteraceae […]

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“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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Understanding Commonly-Used Produce Labels

Nutrition labels are posted to packaged and processed foods to help consumers make informed choices about the foods they choose to purchase at eat – but the words used on these labels are often confusing and difficult for the average shopper to decipher. As more and more people are starting to pay attention to these labels in an effort to eat better, some clarification is needed to help consumers know […]

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The Permaculture Student 2: A Guidebook For The Future

The Permaculture Student 2: A Guidebook For The Future

Author and teacher Matt Powers is publishing his second permaculture volume, The Permaculture Student 2, following an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign. A companion to the first high school permaculture textbook ever written, Powers’ newest book received backing from more than 330 backers who pledged over $20,000 to help support the project. The book is designed for students, teachers, families, and learners – a year-long curriculum filled with projects, activities, and […]

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CelebrATE!

CelebrATE!

Tom and I are excited to open our gates to people for CelebrATE! on Labour Day weekend, and to showcase our permaculture property which is currently providing us with around 90% of our food, 100% of our cooking energy needs and most of our animal feed. The not for profit Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. (www.permaculturesunshinecoast.org) is organising CelebrATE!, a two day celebration of Permaculture, Music and Food on […]

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Addition through Subtraction

As you can imagine I think a lot about design. If you ask Michelle I think a lot about everything. I think she thinks of me as an opportunity firehose that is constantly spraying her with ideas, and it can get overwhelming. Until about three years ago, we had no way of managing opportunity and we just ran after it like hungry dogs. The problem was that we were saying […]

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Local Food: On Personal Responsibility

Food. We all eat it. Why every single one of us needs to accept our personal responsibility to contribute to the growing of local food. First, let’s look at the somewhat grim reality. Don’t be discouraged as you read onwards. The sooner we take on board the complexity of the problems, the more creative and complete the solutions can be. The good news is that every single one of us has so much to offer towards the […]

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Soil Temperature and Seed Germination

A few days ago we sowed the tomato seeds for this season’s market and home garden. It never ceases to amaze me what little indoor space you need to rear thousands of seedlings. We use two 50 cm x 30 cm x 15 cm trays to germinate approx 150 seedlings from 10 cultivars. When they get bigger we move them into two 1.3 x 8 m beds covered with polythene to rear them before they take their permanent positions in the gardens in early – mid April.

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Australia’s Energy Crisis Could Force Changes To Urban Planning

The increasing threat of blackouts in Australia is becoming more than just an inconvenience – these power outages have the potential to impact property prices for apartments, which are hit especially hard when the electricity goes out. Many high-rise buildings aren’t equipped with back-up generators, so power outages can leave residents without air condition and without access to lifts – or even stuck inside them. This could be especially concerning […]

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