Kamiah Permaculture PDC, Aug 23 – Sept 4 2009

Who: Taught by Jesse Lemieux of Pacific Permaculture and PRI Canada When: August 23-September 4, 2009 Where: North Central Idaho, USA Witness a Permaculture demonstration farm and educational center taking its first steps in the transition from conventional agriculture. This course is hosted by Kim, Julie and Kelly Pagliaro, a family of Permaculture Designers trained by Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton. The newly established Kamiah Permaculture Institute is located at […]

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GM Crops – Failure to Yield Report

Seeking a technological food fix for world hunger may be… the most commercially malevolent wild goose chase of the new century. – Dr Richard Horton, editor of the British medical journal, The Lancet Failure to Yield (PDF) Some companies know how to make money out of any situation of great demand. Monsanto, and other biotech industries, are certainly among these. As of 2009, more than one billion people – almost […]

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Ringo Rides India – Mumbai Mirror Picks Up Story

Do you remember we introduced Ringo’s plans to travel India by Royal Enfield preaching the Pemaculture message as he rides? Well, he’s well on his way now, and the Mumbai Mirror has picked up on our Ringo’s travels: Right, so this Aussie wants us to stop eating noodles and become a farmer? “No, mate!” he retorts. “But you can at least use open spaces such as the roof of your […]

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Life at Zaytuna – Permaculture Noosa Monthly Meeting

The Cooroy Memorial Hall Geoff was asked to speak at Permaculture Noosa‘s monthly meeting, so we went along on Thursday night. The Noosa group is one of the most active in the world, and has had a special place in Geoff’s heart since he founded it in the mid 1980s. The meeting was held in the Cooroy Memorial Hall – and with over 200 people in attendance it was a […]

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Permaculture Food Gardening Course – July 2009

Geoff discusses soil structure and biology with students Gardening is increasingly popular now as food and job security are becoming real issues, and learning from highly experienced Permaculturists is a great way to save yourself a lot of time and frustration! Our latest weekend Permaculture Food Gardening Course is underway. We have 12 students on this great two-day educational excursion – a course that aims for a 50/50 mix of […]

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Life at Zaytuna: Surveying for Mullumbimby Community Gardens

Geoff Lawton and Jennette Martin (Community Gardens Coordinator) check the site plan before starting to survey Today we headed east to "the biggest little town in Australia" (I don’t know how they came to take that name, but I’m sure one of our readers can enlighten us). Mullumbimby (or just ‘Mullum’ to the locals, or ‘Mumblebum’ if they’re feeling chipper), with a population of only 3,129, is a pretty little […]

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The Roots of Change – in Ourselves, or Government and Industry?

“The American Frankenstein” I could very much relate to an article I read today, albeit with some reservations: WOULD ANY SANE PERSON think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday, or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons, or that dancing naked around a fire would have helped put in place […]

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Permablitz Hysteria – Bring it On!

A resurgent community spirit combined with modern Permaculture techniques is systematically transforming Australia’s back yards into edible landscapes – so why not the world? I haven’t watched television for a really, really long time, so can’t be sure if it’s still the case, but I do remember that, for the ladies at least, shows featuring average looking people getting drop-dead gorgeous ‘makeovers’ by professional make-up artists were once pretty popular. […]

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Our Moral Dilemma: Because We Don’t Live on an Inflatable Earth

The Group of Eight members have just decreed we should limit global average temperatures to no more than 2°C above what they were in the year 1900. Is it enough? And, more importantly, do we really care? If only it was this easy… If the G8’s decision were made in 2002 it would have been cause for great celebration. But, this is 2009. The time lag of political response to […]

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Carbon Offsetting – Is it Cheating?

A couple of years ago I discovered a site called cheatneutral.com. I thought I’d share it with you today in case you haven’t come across it already. At cheatneutral.com, you’re encouraged to reduce incidences of cheating on your partner, but if you cannot (for reasons beyond your control), you can offset your cheating by investing in a single celibate person, or a monogamous couple.

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