What Permaculture Should Mean to Homesteaders

What is Permaculture? Permaculture is a movement that’s taken flight in recent years. The dictionary describes Permaculture as “the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.” However, it is so much more than that vague description. It is a philosophy, a way to structure your home, and a way of life. Bill Mollison says that Permaculture is working alongside and with nature, rather than against it. Looking […]

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Elon Musk is Dead Wrong about Mars!

I am inspired by the phenomenally innovative work of, California based, Elon Musk. You may know him as the founder and CEO of the ground breaking Tesla Company. You may know that in spite of Elon growing up with the smell of mind-numbing bureaucratic paralysis in the Pretoria air, his thinking on electric cars and battery storage is proving to be hugely disruptive. His bold ideas will absolutely and fundamentally […]

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9 Productive Plants for Water Gardens

In permaculture design, water is the first priority. We try to find its natural routes on and off the property, slow it down, spread it out, and harvest it for use in times when it isn’t so abundant. In this regard, ponds (below surface water catchments, often naturally formed) and dams (walled-off catchments that retain water) are routinely part of a permaculture site. Designers should strive to make these bodies […]

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Rescuing the Commons as a Place for True Community Participation

The Cold War ended almost two decades ago, yet the dichotomy between State and Market continues to be all-encompassing. In traditional right/left politics, the choices offered to the common person present basically two options: vote for a party that promises to bolster free trade, freedom for businesses to “create” job opportunities, and deregulation of markets, or vote for a party dedicated to strengthening the state and its ability to control […]

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Soil Mineralisation part 3: Why and How do we Remineralise the soil?

In part 1 (1) and part 2 (2) of this series I looked at some ways in which the different elements present in the soil are connected, and how building up organic matter in soil can help to create more of the things that soil needs to be healthy. The intricate web of connections between every living thing may never be fully understood and so with soil, as with much […]

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The Self Watering Bucket

Sometimes there is no rule book and you don’t know where you are going to end up doing permaculture research but we think we have made some interesting discoveries. Watering fruit and vegetable plants is really important and a big time and resource for many people around the world. This new permaculture research might grow a new type of irrigation system that effectively counts the rationed drops of water from […]

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How a Japanese Table Can Lower Your Heating Bills

Most times when I start looking for new ways to cut down on my utility bills I make the mistake of taking an all or nothing approach. I look for things like solar and wind power as opposed to buying electricity from a utility company, cooking with a solar oven instead of gas, or canning and smoking meat as opposed to storing it in the refrigerator. But, it doesn’t always […]

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Abundant Land: The Rich Legacy Of Traditional Hawaiian Land Management

The fragile beauty of Molokai, Hawaii’s “Friendly Isle,” nestled between Oahu and Maui, belies an environmental stewardship its native Hawaiian residents have fought hard to preserve. More than a century of outsider development by sugar cane and pineapple industries, cattle ranchers, and agrochemical companies developing and expanding genetically engineered seed crops has caused ecological damage and contamination to the island. Abundant Land, Soil, Seeds and Sovereignty, a documentary by Bay […]

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Dangers and Promises of Genetically Modified Organisms

One of the most controversial aspects of our industrial farming and industrial food system are genetically modified organisms. During the past decades, these crops have gone from the test tubes of laboratories into the fields of mega farmers and finally to our dinner plates. If you have shopped at a grocery store, chances are that you have consumed genetically modified organisms since corn and soy, two of the most common […]

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6 Everyday Gadgets with Manual Powered Alternatives

Normally when I write up one of these articles I pick one gadget or appliance that normally runs on traditional electricity or fossil fuels and describe the benefits of an alternative energy version of the same thing. But there are so many everyday gadgets that we use that have energy free alternatives that may not warrant a full-page write-up but are still important to know about. We are so accustomed […]

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Permaculture Design in 5 Steps

Permaculture Design in 5 Steps

Introduction Permaculture design is essentially a multi-faceted, integrated and ecologically harmonious method of designing human-centred landscapes. By human-centred what is meant is that an ideal permaculture design is able to supply many of the needs of a human family or community within it’s localised environment in as efficient and sustainable a manner as possible. Integrated design refers to the inter-connectivity of elements within a system. Basically we work to align […]

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Brilliant Broccoli

Broccoli, officially known as Brassica oleracea, variety italica, is a well-known member of the mustard family (Brassicaceae, formerly Cruciferae) that also includes its cousins such as, cabbages, kale, romanesco, and broccoli rabe. Broccoli, a native of the Mediterranean and Asia Minor area, was grown by the Romans in ancient times, but didn’t show up until the early part of the 18th century in England. Mention of broccoli in the Americas […]

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