Compost & Compost Tea Workshop

A workshop in the utilization of local “waste” in providing all the required nutrients for productive systems, with Paul Taylor. FarmReady Approved Course ID# FRTC0185 July 18th – July 19th 2009. 09:00-17:00 with lunch break Malanda • Atherton Tablelands • Far North Queensland $265 for 2 Days Incl. Morning & Afternoon Tea & Lunch Topics include: Making “backyard compost” The principles of compost tea Compost tea brewers Creating beneficial soil […]

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Organic Waste Matters

by Kym Kruse, of Free Range Permaculture Next time you go to throw that banana peel in the bin, stop and think about the environmental impact that action has. As with most things these days, we are quickly running out of landfill space. More than 50% of all household waste, from vegetable scraps to garden waste, can be recycled or composted. By doing this you can not only help your […]

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Monsanto Invents the Pig

It’s amazing what humankind can do with a little effort and ingenuity. Who’da thought we could create an intelligent, four legged creature with a curly tail, that actually walks and makes cute grunting noises? Stand by to be horrified at the lengths Big Biotech will go to take over the world’s food supplies. You’ll also be shocked to learn that pig and cattle farmers are seeing their livestock go sterile […]

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Feeding Frenzy

Editor’s Note: Before reading George’s excellent piece below, check out this totally engrossing footage of the sea’s most maligned creature. The video features bull and tiger sharks (notice one bull shark has a deformed jaw, from being hooked at some point). The clip may give you an even greater appreciation of the tragedy found in the facts George shares with us. May we hasten to the safe haven of sustainability […]

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The Corporation

"If corporations are legally human – what kind of people are they?" No green website should go without making a mention of the ‘The Corporation’ movie. We’ll go a step further, and make it easy for you to watch it. Many of you will have seen it – but if you haven’t, take some time to do so. Below you’ll find the complete, highly acclaimed and appropriately disturbing documentary. If this […]

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Quail Springs – Put to Music

High school students from inner city Los Angeles recently came to experience permaculture through Quail Springs. As a part of the Green Ambassadors’ program, currently based out of Environmental Charter High School in Lawndale, CA, the group of 10 students and their fearless leaders spent four days learning about permaculture, natural building, and relationship building with community and each other. Not only did they learn the value of living symbiotically […]

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Each Step is the Way – Part II

[Editor’s Note: If you are involved in a project, anywhere, that is rooted in sustainability (i.e. that is aimed at sustainably meeting the needs of people, place and planet), then we always welcome written pieces, with photos, so you can tell the world about it – and inspire people to follow your lead. David’s post below is an example of the same. To contribute or to bounce a post idea […]

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Infernal Combustion

Frank is feeling a little better today. Thanks for asking. While the UK entrenches itself up to its neck in car culture, the scientific world debates whether it is best to starve us all and destroy our biodiversity in the name of biofuel or bio-electricity – whichever gives most miles per acre. Motorists, as ever, expect to be coddled through without inconvenience. Those on two wheels had better watch their […]

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The Bionic Burger

Long before Supersize Me or Fast Food Nation, Matt Malmgren was making interesting discoveries about fast food. In 1989, the trailing edge of the mullet era, he bought two burgers — he ate one and put the other in his pocket, intending to eat it later, but subsequently forgot about it. A full year passed before he pulled his old jacket out of the closet again, rediscovering the burger — […]

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Volunteer Eco-Builder/Handyman Sought for Ethiopia Permalodge Project

Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge in the Konso Special Woreda, Southern Ethiopia seeks volunteer sustainable builder/handy-man to assist with maintenance and minor construction tasks as well as some training and supervision of project staff and local workers. Food, accommodation and pocket money provided (and possibly internet access too)! Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge is a community oriented business operating in rural south Ethiopia in Konso Woreda, an area noted for its unique […]

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How Much Should We Leave in the Ground?

Here are some estimates for how much fossil fuel we can use, and a call for a global moratorium on new prospecting. by George Monbiot – journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist The two papers on carbon emissions published in Nature last week were ground-breaking: they show us how much carbon dioxide we can produce if we’re to have a reasonable chance of preventing two degrees of global […]

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The ‘Sustainable (R)evolution’ Book Project

Have you ever wished, when explaining to someone about permaculture, you had a visual, easily accessible book that demonstrated what it is all about, and what the world could look like if permaculture design systems became mainstream thinking? We’ll – we’re making that book. The Permaculture Research Institute is getting behind a project that would see the creation of a large format book that profiles, with creative writing and quality […]

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