Assistance/Consultations for Establishment of New Permaculture Projects

Because of increasing interest and demand for help in setting up new Permaculture projects worldwide, we’ve just added a couple of new documents to the site that will help get your started thinking at a practical level, and that will help us to engage in meaningful conversation with you as you seek to establish your own project. Advice and/or Resources: If you’re seeking help for your site, please complete our […]

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Earth Policy Institute Press Teleconference – How Food Shortages Could Bring Down Civilization

Teleconference: Thursday, April 23, 11:00 AM EDT Environmental Analyst Lester Brown: How Food Shortages Could Bring Down Civilization Washington, DC — On Thursday, April 23, 2009, at 11 a.m. EDT, environmental analyst Lester Brown will discuss how food shortages could be the weak link that brings down civilization. In an article featured in the May issue of Scientific American, Brown reveals that the biggest threat to global political stability is […]

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When Fixes Need Fixing?

Click for full view Courtesy: Throbgoblins Grist provides these two links to reports of pending agricultural collapse in the Punjab due to (profit driven?) over-exploitation of resources. [Editor’s Note: for more on this, head here] The Huffington Post posts this, by Lise van Susteran, on Moral Obligation. Fred Pearce, on consuming vs population. Did I post this already? I just saw this – Ian Tomlinson’s death at the G20 demonstrations […]

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Women’s Only PDC in Far North Queensland with Rosemary Morrow

Sunday 29th November – Sunday 13th December 2009 Walkamin • Near Cairns • Far North Queensland Don’t miss this unique opportunity to take part in a very special two week Women’s Only Permaculture Design Certificate Course, taught by one of the best, internationally renowned teachers in the world. Rosemary is the acclaimed author of “The Earth Users Guide to Permaculture” and a role model for all aspiring female Permaculturists. This […]

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How to Turn Astringent Persimmons into Enchanting Natural Confections, Japanese Style

by Cecilia Macaulay This week I’m shopping for a persimmon tree for the Edible Japanese Garden I’m creating. Of course I will be planting a sweet, rather than an astringent, or ‘shibui’* persimmon. The sweet ones, such as Fuyu, are squat-shaped, and can be eaten either crunchy or yielding. The long-shaped Hachiya variety, the ones Aussies first planted before we knew better (sorry Hachiya), are awfully ‘shibui’. You have to […]

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An Industrial Revolution Like No Other

French illustrator and printmaker Gustave Doré shows the squalid conditions in London, England created for the urban labouring classes by the Industrial Revolution From the very beginning proponents of the industrial revolution looked upon nature as a pirate might look upon a defenseless gold-laden ship – as easy pickings. A long term view of stewardship gave way to the short term mindset of a plunderer.

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Obama’s Organic Example Sets Cat Amongst Corporate Pigeons

Recently I shared how Michelle Obama was planning to plant a garden on the White House lawn – thrilling the many people that lobbied for them to do exactly that. Later we learned that, as we dearly hoped, the garden would be organic. On top of this, the First Lady also named chef Sam Kass to head the White House Food Initiative. Mr Kass happens to have a good understanding […]

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Calling for Volunteers for IPC9 and the Permaculture Centre, Malawi, Africa

The ninth International Permaculture Conference (IPC) and Convergence is inching closer. Previous conferences have been held in Australia, USA, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Nepal, Croatia and Brazil. This time it will run from November 2-6 in Malawi, Africa (Kumbali Village, Lilongwe), and will include site tours of Permaculture projects in Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The theme for IPC9 is "Plan Africa – Food & Empowerment". There are a few volunteer […]

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The Global Spread of GMO Crops

By Peter Montague of Rachel’s Democracy & Health News Felix Ballarin spent 15 years of his life developing a special organically-grown variety of red corn. It would bring a high price on the market because local chicken farmers said the red color lent a rosy hue to the meat and eggs from their corn-fed chickens. But when the corn emerged from the ground last year, yellow kernels were mixed with […]

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Cross Your Fingers and Carry On

by George Monbiot – journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist Here’s how the British government describes the risk of a smallpox outbreak. “We are currently at alert level 0. Smallpox remains eradicated. No credible threat of a smallpox release.”(1) So, in response to this non-existent threat, it has published 122 pages of central plans(2,3). Each of the nine English regions maintains a Smallpox Diagnosis and Response Group, which […]

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Wonder Weeds

PIJ #63, June-Aug 1997 by Linda Woodrow How to harvest weeds for their best nutrients Sometimes gardening seems to me like alchemy. Organic material that is of no value to us is converted into organic material of high value, and, like alchemy, the process seems almost magic. Soil micro-organisms and plants do the converting, but they can’t do it without something to convert. The role of humans is to set […]

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Maldivian Homegardens – A stable farming system in a fragile environment

PIJ #58, Mar – May 1996 By Dr Danny Hunter Editor’s Note: This decade-old article spotlights local indigenous knowledge found in the Maldives – a land today threatened by rising seas. The Maldive Islands have the unfortunate title of having the lowest highest point in the world – only 2.3 metres. The atolls of the Maldives represent a delicate and unique ecosystem that is highly sensitive to changes resulting from […]

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