Making the Most of the ‘Ultimate Health Food Shop’ – Your Garden

Isabell Shipard – herbalist/educator One of the best aspects of Permaculture is being able to begin to take control back over our own lives. Rather than being just a captive cog in the huge destructive machine that is our present globalised industrial society (a machine running full speed towards a great yawning precipice), transitioning to Permaculture systems enables us to stand as individuals, making our own choices and, as far […]

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A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Editor’s Note: While we may tire of hearing bad news – the reality is that this tendency to only want to hear positive news is contributing to disaster. We’ve been ignoring or wishing away the potential impacts of climate catastrophe for decades. Below George Monbiot echoes what I’ve come to understand over the last several years – that averting dangerous climate change is now likely impossible. Does this mean we […]

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Keyline Design – Mark IV

‘Soil, Water & Carbon for Every Farm’ – Building Soils, Harvesting Rainwater, Storing Carbon by Abe Collins & Darren Doherty Introduction Keyline Design was first developed by the great Australian, P.A. Yeomans (1904-1984), in the late 1940s & 50s initially as a practical response to the unpredictable rainfall regime he found on his new property, ‘Nevallan’, to the west of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Soil Conservation, as developed by […]

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Prince Charles Gets Up Close and Personal With Permaculture

HRH Prince Charles is famously organic. Since the early 1980s he has been an avid environmentalist, culminating in the early 1990s with his launching his own brand of organic products (Duchy Originals). Amongst his outspoken opinions he is adamant that GMOs, industrial agriculture and corporate control of our food supply will only end in disaster. Amongst other noble endeavours, Prince Charles has taken a keen interested in helping the people […]

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Carbon Economy & Farming Courses USA 2009

We are pleased to announce another world 1st! We have designed and organised three ‘Carbon Farming Courses’ and one ‘Carbon Economy Course’ to be convened across the US during 2009. The course modules include: Holistic Management, Soil Food Web, Broadacre Permaculture, ZERI, Fungi, BioChar, Energy Systems, Natural Building and Pathways to Relocalisation. To deliver these modules we have some of the world’s most experienced and respected facilitators and practitioners including:

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Jordan PDC Course Announcement

Permaculture Research Institute Australia and the newly established Permaculture Research Institute Jordan are please to announce PRI Jordan’s first Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course to be taught in the Dead Sea Valley, Jordan October 10 to the 23rd. This is near the site of the legendary Greening the Desert project. Your attendance at this course will help subsidise the education of local Jordanians, and also go towards the sending of […]

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Tackling Urban Water Runoff in a Sydney Suburb

Swales aren’t often found in backyards, and water systems are the backbone of a permaculture design, so the Permaculture Sydney North Gardening Team jumped at the opportunity to take on a swale project in a lush Turramurra backyard, just around the corner from the APC9 venue. Turramurra has the highest rainfall in Sydney with averages of around 1300mm a year, and issues such as flooding and erosion are common in […]

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An Ocean of Unknown

Photo copyright: Simon Nash Carbon dioxide emissions from human activities are acidifying the oceans and threaten a mass extinction of sea life, a top ocean scientist warns. Dr Carol Turley from Plymouth Marine Laboratory says it is impossible to know how marine life will cope, but she fears many species will not survive. – BBC That’s a quote from today’s BBC news. To follow is a quote from an updated […]

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Scrap It

by George Monbiot – journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist Pay drivers to scrap their cars? We might as well burn ten-pound notes in power stations. The magic numbers spin before our eyes. No one can grasp the scale of the hand-outs, or understand how public money which didn’t exist – could never exist – for hospitals or schools or public toilets begins to flow as soon as […]

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