How to Grow Small Edible Gardens – a Free Short Course

Want to grown your own fresh veggies, but don’t have the space? If you’re on Australia’s Gold Coast, you can avail yourself of a free short course that will help out here: Workshop 1 – Aug 29 Preparing your garden Best methods for designing in small spaces, conducted by Daniel Sheridan, who is a Permaculturist from ‘gro’, with expertise in designing edible gardens. Workshop 2 – Sept 5 – Choosing […]

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A Civilisational Tipping Point

by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute In recent years there has been a growing concern over thresholds or tipping points in nature. For example, scientists worry about when the shrinking population of an endangered species will fall to a point from which it cannot recover. Marine biologists are concerned about the point where overfishing will trigger the collapse of a fishery. We know there were social tipping points in […]

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Letters from Sri Lanka – Greywater Recycling at Kuttam Pokuna (the Twin Pools)

Novice Buddhist monks listen to their instructor Photos Copyright © Craig Mackintosh Last time I spoke about the world’s largest earthworks project – an incredible and unrivalled example of large scale water harvesting. Today we continue the tale, highlighting the beautiful and practical Kuttam Pokuna, or Twin Pools, found at Anuradhapura in north-central Sri Lanka.

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Tesco-opted

The fight against the superstores is a struggle for democracy by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom Machynlleth’s high street I have been writing about it for years. But it’s only now, when I’m caught in the middle of it, that the full force of this injustice hits me. Like everyone else here I feel powerless, unstrung as I watch disaster unfold in slow […]

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Letters from Sri Lanka – The World’s Largest Water Harvesting Earthworks Project

A mahout and his elephant (the elephant is the one on the left) Photos Copyright © Craig Mackintosh Preamble: Okay, the elephant has nothing to do with the story below (except that it’s also large in scale), but it is an appropriate way to share the geographic context for this article — Sri Lanka. You can read more articles from this visit here. Permaculture earthworks projects for supplying water and […]

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Rosella Waters – Earthworks Phase 1, Part A

After many months of planning and waiting for the earthmovers to have their equipment available, the transformation of our humble 6 acres has begun. As with any major event in one’s life, there was an air of excited anticipation and a slightly sick feeling in our stomachs. Just like the one you can get when you go travelling in far-flung places. You feel as ready as you’ll ever be but […]

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The Busybody State

Why was the Big Green Gathering shut down by the authorities? by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom Is it paranoia, or are they really out to get us? Most of the time it’s paranoia. Every week I’m approached by people whispering about vapour trails from planes being used to control our minds, free energy devices suppressed by oil companies or missile attacks on […]

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Young Permaculturists, UNITE!!!

Evil is afoot! Conventional Agriculture has teamed up with Toxin-Spewing Factories to destroy the earth’s ecosystems! It looks like a job for…THE GREEN TEEN TEAM! (Try saying that three times fast.) …No? Okay, but seriously, I took my PDC in Melbourne, Australia with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton in 2008 at the age of eleven. When my parents decided to take the course I didn’t quite know what to say. […]

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The Accidental Tuberist

Bringing food back to the ‘burbs, one spud at a time The local small town shopping centre; A great place to pick up milk, gasbag about Mrs Jones’ promiscuous cat and find potatoes growing wild on the medium strip. While collecting cardboard from the recycle bin the other day for a sheet mulching exercise, I found this little guild – of a spud with a purslane ground cover – occurring […]

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Can We Feed Ourselves in a Post Peak Oil World?

At the end of 2007, the UK’s Simon Fairlie released what is essentially an update to figures produced back in 1975 in Kenneth Mellanby’s book Can Britain Feed Itself? Fairlie’s work, with the same title, concluded that, yes, it could – if the population consumed less meat (see clip at bottom for more details on this aspect). There was a time when Britain was forced to feed itself – that […]

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Hooray for the Water Buffalo!

They are called water buffalo for good reason Photos Copyright © Craig Mackintosh Did you know that more than five percent of the world’s milk supply comes from water buffalo? Yes, that’s it, just like the one enjoying a leisurely soak above. There are approximately 160 million water buffalo in the world, and about 95% of these are found in Asia (and about half of those are in India). Between […]

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Geoff & Nadia Lawton Launch Permaculture Sydney South

If you’re in the Sydney region on August 18, and aren’t otherwise engaged, you might want to pencil this date into your diary, so you can go along and support the birth of yet another important group – Permaculture Sydney South. This group covers Sydney’s central, southern and eastern suburbs, and will no doubt become a powerful influence for change as we seek to fast-track transition to a sustainable, post-peak […]

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