Reducing Landfill Waste In The Agriculture Sector

The bulldozer buries food and industrial wastes

Waste is practically viewed as non-useful materials. However, waste hardly exists in theory. When waste is produced, it, in essence, means that a portion of the resources such as energy, chemicals, and labour that were used to produce the wasted product had been given off or wasted. Wasteful practices seem to be inevitable in today’s world. And the agriculture sector is not immune from it. In today’s world, what we […]

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Cooking the Three Sisters: Maize, Beans and Squash

Maize, beans and squash form the famous polyculture known as the Three Sisters. Grown from Mexico to Chile, from ancient Incans to modern natural farmers, the trio cooperates symbiotically in the field. It also does so in the kitchen: three simple yet delicious dishes combine as a wholesome meal. Taught by Juan, a natural farmer in the mountains above Cali, Colombia, who learned it from an old campesino, who said […]

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Celebrate International Permaculture Day

International Permaculture Day, held on the first Sunday in May, is an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the practice of permaculture all around the world. This year, the 8th annual celebration will be a little different – this will be the first year this day is recognized without one of permaculture’s founders, Bill Mollison, who passed away in September 2016. In honor of Mollison’s lifelong contributions to the permaculture movement, […]

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A Time-Sequencing Plan for Straw Bale Gardens

Something has never sat quite right with me about straw bale gardens in a place where soil is available. Like hydroponics, I can envision it for places that lack soil and ground space: rooftops, driveways, parking lots, and the like. Then, I’m not sure if it’s the purist in me, but the generally movement towards focusing on soil repair and permanence (my interpretation of what permaculture ideally does) rings much […]

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The Banana “Circle of Life”: Compost and Healthy Food in Perfect Harmony

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A banana circle is a classic permaculture technique. That’s because it’s a perfect partnership between edible plants and waste. It’s a way for you to compost food scraps and wastewater like you would in a regular compost pile while simultaneously creating an ideal growing environment for bananas and other plants. To plant a banana circle in your garden, simply dig a circular pit, about two meters wide and one meter […]

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Why Regenerative-Based Businesses Struggle And 3 Principles That Will Change your Business

Why Regenerative-Based Businesses Struggle And 3 Principles That Will Change your Business

Over the years, Javan Bernakevitch and I have taught a lot of Permaculture Design Courses (~60 combined) and have encouraged many of our students to start businesses that fix the planet, the food system, and their communities. After watching and hearing from a lot of these businesses, we’ve heard a lot of similar stories and noticed a few patterns both in successful businesses and struggling ones. We started to see […]

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Storytelling for the Future: Permaculture, Star Wars and Mythology

A rocket model and buildings in Ong Jemel, Tunisia. Ong Jemel is a place near Tozeur, where the movies Star wars and the English Patient were filmed.

If you have never seen any of the ‘Star Wars’ films, you may be forgiven for thinking that Thursday, the fourth of May, is not any particularly special date. But then again, you probably have seen at least one of them, since they are part of one of the most popular movie franchises in the world (1), and even if you haven’t, you have probably heard the phrase “May the […]

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Using Sustainable Choices to Rein in Debt

Creating a sustainable lifestyle can be the key to financial freedom for many people. Take a look at your household’s current monthly budget. How many of your monthly expenses could be reduced by making consciously sustainable choices or embarking on your own homesteading adventure? Let’s examine 5 key ways to reduce your expenses with thoughtful, eco-conscious methods. Declutter and downsize This is probably one of the hardest steps to take, […]

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Wax Worms May Provide a Solution to Plastic Pollution

Researchers are currently investigating the potential of using worms to help combat the excessive plastic pollution around the world, thanks to a chance discovery by scientist and amateur beekeeper Federica Bertocchini. After picking parasitic wax worms off the honeycombs of her beehives, Bertocchini placed them in a plastic bag – and when she returned, she found that the worms had munched holes through the plastic and escaped. Inspired, Bertocchini began […]

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Where We Are

Visionary poetry uses powerful imagery and words to engage us in thought processes that challenge our perception of ourselves and the world around us. It is meant to provide thought-provoking material. Eventually, we must rethink our current political and economic structures and alter our values and our ideas about success. Change is possible. We can meet the demand to replace a linear economic model with sustainable, circular and long-lasting solutions. […]

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The Use of Sustainable Finance for Promoting Agricultural Sustainability.

Sustainability has gained attention in several industries across the world. This is, in a way, due to the fact that there are unlimited opportunities associated with the state of being “sustainable”. The financial sector is increasingly intrigued by how sustainability can be used to create positive social and environmental impacts in the wider society. Also, it is now vitally important for financial investments to demonstrate sustainability credentials, and means to […]

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How To Chop And Drop More Effectively

The practice of chop and drop mulching has long been a core technique utilized by permaculturists around the world, but there is more to this concept than meets the eye. Before you begin incorporating this practice into your own permaculture design, there are some factors you need to consider. In theory, chop and drop mulching is pretty straightforward – you find a tree or a plant that can be used […]

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