Australia’s Energy Crisis Could Force Changes To Urban Planning

The increasing threat of blackouts in Australia is becoming more than just an inconvenience – these power outages have the potential to impact property prices for apartments, which are hit especially hard when the electricity goes out. Many high-rise buildings aren’t equipped with back-up generators, so power outages can leave residents without air condition and without access to lifts – or even stuck inside them. This could be especially concerning […]

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Tomatoes for Your Little Tomatoes

Tomatoes for Your Little Tomatoes My favorite thing about gardens is that they are blank canvases that you can paint anyway you want to.  Put in some hard work and creativity and you have a beautiful picture come fall.  However, to create beautiful works of art, we must be inspired.  Often we get bogged down into organization and toil and forget to remember why we do what we do.  When […]

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One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts – An Evolution From Industrial To Regenerative Farming

When White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Georgia, made the transition from an industrialized agricultural facility to a regenerative farm, the benefits were felt throughout the town. In his new film, director Peter Byck introduces viewers to Will Harris, the owner of White Oak Pastures, whose journey could inspire a revolution across the global agricultural industry. “I used to consider what I did to be a simple business,” Harris said in […]

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The Seven Layers of a Forest

Layers are one of the many tools used to design and implement functional ecosystems which are sustainable and of direct benefit to humans. Mature ecosystems have a large number of relationships between the component parts: trees, understory, ground cover, soil, fungi, insects and animals. Because trees, plants, etc grow to different heights it is extremely easy to grow a diverse community of life in a small space. 1. The Canopy […]

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Air pollution Becoming a Growing Concern Around the Globe

A “final warning” has been handed down from the European commission to Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the UK, advising the countries to address air pollution concerns or face significant fines. All five of the European countries are currently in breach of the recommended limits and have been given two months to show how they intend to comply with the EU law. Australia’s government has also recently been criticized by […]

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Where Are We Really Building Walls? – How to use Permaculture to Help Create More Connected Society

Last month the order was signed (1) to begin construction of a wall, planned to stretch 3,100 km along the border between the two countries of Mexico and the USA (2). The impact such a project could have on human society means it has received criticism from many diverse angles (see for example 3, 4). Yet humans are also part of a wider ecosystem, and the proposed wall would also […]

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Perfect Powerful Peppers

When is a carrot not a carrot? When it’s a pepper of course! While orange and shaped like our familiar friend the carrot, the Bulgarian Carrot Pepper is unmistakably all pepper. The crisp, sweet, fruity crunch of this pepper is laced with delicious spiciness. Landing on the Scoville Pepper scale in the medium heat range (5,000-30,000), the Bulgarian Carrot Pepper packs some heat but can be enjoyed by those who […]

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Minimalism: the Value of Living With Less

Today’s society seems to measure success on one’s accumulation of possessions, but more and more, people are beginning to embrace the freedom that comes with owning less – developing a more sustainable lifestyle that provides endless benefits. While part of this growing trend toward minimalism can be attributed to the ongoing global economic recession, many people are prompted to downsize due to ecological and environmental concerns. For even more, this […]

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Why Your Garden Needs A Herb Spiral Design Solution

What is a herb spiral It is a vertical garden that makes use of limited garden space by horizontally accommodating plants along its spiral design. It has a base diameter of around 1.5-2m while its height is 1-1.3 m. It is built on level ground, preferably layered at the bottom to keep weeds at bay, and the walls are built using bricks or stones. The herb spiral not only offers […]

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Peer-to-Peer Energy Market Emerging as a Reality for Australia

With the rise in popularity of renewable energy alternatives, more and more households are becoming energy “prosumers” – meaning they are both consuming and producing energy. Start-up companies are beginning to tap into this market, creating platforms that allow these prosumers to sell their excess energy to other consumers in the area. Peer-to-peer energy markets are popping up around the world, with start-ups in the United States, Europe, New Zealand, […]

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Maungaraeeda Farm

Maungaraeeda Farm

This short video shows what we are trying to achieve here at Maungaraeeda, home of the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. We are on the road to self-sufficiency, not there yet by any means, but we are currently producing around 90% of our food needs and 100% of our cooking energy needs. In this video we talk a bit about our routine in the morning with our animals and […]

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The Importance of Trees in the Garden

In permaculture, forest gardening is high on our list of priorities. While the production value of certain trees, specifically fruit and nut species, is an obvious positive, there are many more reasons trees should be featured often and prominently in our designs. When considering them carefully, we can find a bounty of benefits to enjoy. Trees play a vital role in eco-systems, in the planet’s atmosphere, in our water systems, […]

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