Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton Team Up for Melbourne PDC Again!

For full details on this excellent opportunity to take your Permaculture Design Certificate course under the combined tutelage of legendary Permaculture teachers, Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton, please click on the links below (all PDF files): Brochure Costs Accommodation Options Registration Form This information can also be found in our course listing.

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PRI Training Centre Development Plans Approved

Zaytuna Farm Good news people! We’ve just received local council approval on our development plans, which means we can move forward with our intention to improve the facilities and increase the capacity of our Permaculture training facility at PRI headquarters at Zaytuna Farm, close to The Channon village, in Northern NSW, Australia. Up until now, accommodation for courses has been camping only, and facilities have been somewhat rudimentary. Once this […]

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Harvesting Urban Drool

Harvesting Urban Drool

© Brad Lancaster, www.HarvestingRainwater.com Urban drool running down concreted channel Tujunga Wash, Los Angeles, California. Photo credit: Brad Lancaster All around the world I see water wastefully flowing down and out of urban street curbs and concreted storm drains even though it has not rained in months. It is not stormwater I see flowing. It is urban drool. Others call it “nuisance runoff” – water from leaky pipes, driveway car […]

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The End of an Era: Closing the Door on Building New Coal-fired Power Plants in America

by Jonathan G. Dorn, Earth Policy Institute Community opposition, legal challenges, and financial uncertainty over future carbon costs are prompting companies to rethink their plans for coal. Since the beginning of 2007, 95 proposed coal-fired power plants have been cancelled or postponed in the United States–59 in 2007, 24 in 2008, and at least 12 in the first three months of 2009. This covers nearly half of the 200 or […]

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Capping C02 Emissions Will Steal “Plant Food”

The nonsense that sometimes gets bandied about on climate change often leaves me gobsmacked – but when it comes from politicians it just plain leaves me fearing for the future. Watch these snippets from the March 25, 2009 hearing of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment to see what I mean: Rep. John Shimkus: Capping C02 emissions will steal “plant food” I’m not old enough to personally verify […]

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The Food Crisis Spurs Gene Patenting Race

Big Biotech is gearing up to substantially increase their market share in the face of a global food and climate crisis — in hopes of cashing in on desperation. The patenting office has never been so busy. Do you remember the pulitzer prize-winning photo that shocked the world back in 1994? You know, that macabre shot of an emaciated child struggling hopelessly towards a feeding station a kilometre away, with […]

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India Suicides: I Want My Father Back

We’ve made mention of the social and environmental costs of monocultures and genetically modified crops often. Amongst these has been many mentions of a humanitarian disaster occuring on a daily basis in India, where thousands of farmers have been committing suicide as a result of failed harvests — the failed harvests being the result of failed promises from the likes of Monsanto. The following documentary, produced in India, by Indians, […]

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Community-Based Rainforest Restoration Work is Huge Success in Borneo

In his twenty minute talk, Willie Smits (a Dutch forestry scientist who emigrated to Indonesia 20 years ago to help the country grow trees) explains how a chance encounter with a dying baby Orangutan changed the direction of his work – culminating not only in his creating the biggest orangutan rehabilitation center in the world, but also in restoring large tracts of rainforest in a community-based endeavour that is bringing […]

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Pyrolising the Planet

The debate over biochar hots up. by George Monbiot – journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist Well that got ‘em going. So far James Lovelock, Jim Hansen and Pushker Kharecha, Chris Goodall and Peter Read have all responded in the Guardian to my column on biochar. Reading their responses, I realise that it was unfair of me to include James Lovelock and Jim Hansen on the list of […]

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A Farm for the Future

Seeing Permaculture promoted on the BBC is yet another positive sign of the times. In this 50 minute presentation, wildlife film-maker Rebecca Hosking returns to her farming roots – hoping to take over the reins of her family farm in Devon, UK – and duly considers exactly what kind of farm she wants to develop. Significantly, Rebecca looks at where the world is heading in regards to food production, and, […]

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Michelle Obama Begins Kitchen Garden on White House Lawn

Here’s a little more on arguably the best news to come out of politics this year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTISywReu4o And, word around the campfire is that the garden will be organic. You can see a garden plan here. It’s not exactly a food forest, but it’s a great start! Congratulations to all who lobbied the Obamas on this issue. Here’s hoping this little garden will bring the intended results – inspiring millions […]

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