Silvopasture: A Sustainable Way to Raise Large Livestock

Every year millions of acres of forest are cut down to make room for ever-growing herds of livestock. Our industrial diet is centered on the consumption of meat. The combination of these two issues brings us face to face with a serious problem. We are destroying our forests and some of the most pristine ecosystems on earth just so that we can enjoy a nightly steak. What if we could […]

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How Seaweed can Help Save the World

Every year it becomes more and more apparent how much influence humanity has on the climate. While there are a few holdouts, most people are in agreement that we are the direct cause of the increase in global temperature. Everyone knows the cause, right? It’s all the CO2 we are putting into the air, from the cars on the road to the factories spewing out greenhouse gases. However, there is […]

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Composting Toilet Talk

Imagine the world before the invention of the toilet. While this may seem long ago, the truth is that humans have existed on Earth for a longer period of time without toilets than with them. As one may imagine, all matter that came from the Earth as food, went directly back to the Earth in a different form. Nonetheless, the environment didn’t suffer but naturally reincorporated all of the matter […]

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Storing Water in the Landscape: A Swales and Ponds Primer

Rain is one of the leading causes of soil erosion. The problem isn’t with rain itself, but rather with bad land management practices and farming practices that aren’t designed to take advantage of rainfall in a holistic manner. The best place to store water is in the landscape itself, and through the process of design, water can be effectively stored in the landscape for increased fertility, longer growing season, and […]

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How to Build a Solar Dehydrator to Preserve Food

If you are a gardener, you understand the abundance that comes during harvest season can be overwhelming. Instead of frantically searching for friends who will take away your fresh tomatoes or spending hours over a hot stove on a humid summer day making hundreds of canned tomato sauce, a solar dehydrator might be an option for you. One of the easiest ways to preserve food is through dehydrating. Instead of […]

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Social Opportunities for People and Communities in a Climate Change Era

The changing environmental conditions around the world are accompanied by social, economic and environmental risks to communities. There is currently a huge global awareness around sustainability issues. A lot of businesses around the world are working to better the world we live in. They are increasingly using corporate social responsibility programmes to improve the wider environment. These programmes are being tailored to suit people and communities around the world, providing […]

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3 Myths Around Permaculture Business and Consulting

Rob here. I’ve been consulting in the permaculture world for close to a decade now. Before that, I consulted in the oil and gas industry for another five, so suffice it to say I’ve been around the consulting block. As an O&G consultant, I was solving problems for large firms, which really allowed me to cut my teeth on the project management side of things. But it wasn’t until I […]

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Practical Advantages and Disadvantages to Consider When Growing in Urban Settings

One of my favorite aspects of permaculture, though I think it is often forgotten, is the lean towards using land that human have already tarnished as opposed to natural settings in no need of our interference. It’s only logical that, with established nature being much more sustainable on its own, our input into these proven systems is likely to be more detrimental than advantageous, in the global perspective of things. […]

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Permaculture Ethics for a More Sustainable World

Permaculture Ethics for a More Sustainable World

In recent years, permaculture has influenced thousands of people to begin to search for more sustainable ways to live in harmony and community with the natural world and the community of people around them. More than just a simple collection of organic farming tools and methods, the permaculture movement rests on three main ethics that question the organization and logic of our industrial civilizational paradigm and help us to reimagine […]

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Small Pond Installations for Irrigation and Wildlife – Part 2 – Liners

Welcome to part 2 in a series of posts from Balkan Ecology Project covering the installation of small irrigation and wildlife ponds. Part one can be found here and covers planning and digging a pond. During this post, we’ll look at liner options and the steps you need to take to install a liner for your pond. Pond Liner Options   The majority of ponds will need some kind of liner to […]

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How We Got our Chooks to Lay Again

Around November last year, egg production of our chickens went down to zero over a period of a couple of weeks. The chooks were healthy, they had no disease, they were all looking great and being fed well. We had no idea what was causing the lack of egg laying, as prior to that time we were getting up to 28 eggs per day and the days were getting longer […]

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Travel to the Tropics to Study Permaculture Design with PRI

Immerse yourself in learning the application of permaculture concepts and practices in the tropics with Permaculture Research Institute’s upcoming Permaculture Design Certificate course, running August 13 to 24 at Kenaboi, Negri Sembilan, Malaysia. On the edge of the Malaysian Titiwangsa mountain range just 90km south of Kuala Lumpur, this 8-acre property offers a classic example of a tropical farm and forest – with almost 12 hours of daily sunlight and […]

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