Category: Community

Announcing the First Programme Details – Geoff and Nadia Lawton

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The Permaculture Research Institute (PRI) is excited to announce that Geoff and Nadia Lawton will be attending this year’s British Permaculture Convergence to present a series of workshops. Presenters include: Geoff Lawton – Permaculture Research Institute Setting up demonstration sites as education centres & training permaculture project managers Permaculture Earthworks design and implementation Nadia Lawton School gardens across the world Working with tribal women Matt Ralston & Adrian Lovett Making […]

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Permaculture Designed Primary School in Vanuatu

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It was a busy week last week. I was asked by Permaculture Sustainable Consulting to go to the tropical Pacific island nation of Vanuatu to do a site consultation of two locations. The projects being implemented are a community center at the capital town of Vila on the island of Efate and a primary school on the island of Tanna to the south. The organization funding these projects is Muslim […]

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The Casa Guatemala Permaculture Project: Phase One

A Starting Point

It had been several months of being in touch with Heather, the director of Casa Guatemala, before my wife Emma and I finally visited the once orphanage turned school, a sort of haven for children from impoverished families in which parents can’t afford to support them. Otherwise, daytime students commute from surrounding villages to take advantage of the better quality education on offer, as well as a free meal and […]

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Saving the Planet through Permaculture….and Zoning Laws/Building Codes?

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Right now on this planet there are thousands of Permaculture warriors prepared to regenerate the Earth’s ecosystems and feed the world abundantly. Imagine if suddenly it was possible for a land owner or small farmer to get a legal permit for a ‘Low Impact Sustainable Development’ (LISD) on their land – an EcoVillage. Imagine an agency that worked with local government to standardize a framework and criteria that had each […]

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Geoff Lawton Goes to Malaysia

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Murujan Permaculture Design is a growing and dedicated group of Permaculturalists, based in Malaysia working to spread awareness and education of Permaculture Design around the world but particularly in Malaysia. We were extremely honored to be paid a visit by none other than Geoff Lawton in November 2015. His visit was the beginning of what hopes to be a very important project for Malaysia in terms of Permaculture Design and […]

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Age of the Farmer

Age of the Farmer

Age of the Farmer was directed by Spencer MacDonald in collaboration with photojournalist Eva Verbeeck. It is a beautiful six-minute documentary on a growing numbers of young farmers reclaiming American soil. Enjoy! Farms featured in the film include: Earth Candy Farm Plenty Wild Farms Skyberry Farm Hoe Down CSA at Tulaberry Farm Yummy Yards Growing Veterans Beacon Food Forest

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Island Grown

Island Grown

There is an island named Maui in the South Pacific that boasts world class views, recreation, and climate. The climate on the island is perfect for agriculture and grows some of the best coffee in the world. Industrial farming on the island has recently put these ecosystems at risk and threaten the future of coffee cultivation on the island.

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Why Go Barefoot And The Best Minimalist Shoes Are Home Made

Why Go Barefoot And The Best Minimalist Shoes Are Home Made

If you’ve been wondering about the whole barefoot movement than we’ve got a video for you. Doug Simons has been walking barefoot for over 20 years. In the video below Doug and Marjory Wildcraft discuss the pros and cons of walking barefoot. And there are some “con’s”; when and where do barefooters need to wear shoes? And what kind of shoes do barefooters wear when they wear shoes? If you […]

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Permaculture Perambulations

Permaculture Perambulations

In April 2012 Lauren and I decided to leave our “normal” lives in London to explore permaculture. Weary of the “bullshit economies” (to borrow US author J.H. Kunstler’s phrase) of a post-industrial, credit and debt system we wanted to extract ourselves in a bid to clear our minds and delve deeper into practical self sufficiency. We also wanted to learn about new cultures and landscapes. We chose the Americas and […]

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Our Year of Permaculture: Learning As We Go

Our Year of Permaculture: Learning As We Go

It wasn’t far into 2015 that my wife and I decided we were ready to start the search for our own plot of land, a place in which we could pursue all of our permaculture fantasies, the integrated house and sprawling food forest, interconnected water catchments and abounding kitchen garden, composting toilets and off-grid energy sources. It was time to do it ourselves (and, more so, for ourselves) with a […]

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Social Polycultures: Using Permaculture for Building Resilient Relationships

Social Polycultures: Using Permaculture for Building Resilient Relationships

Many people use permaculture to design physical systems like farms and homesteads, to have the resilience and benefits that are found in natural systems. They use the permaculture ethics and principles, coupled with a holistic design process to create relationships between elements that foster greater ease, mutual benefit and increase positive feedback loops. Like locating mushroom logs in a forest, next to a pond, with ducks for pest control and […]

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Answering for Climate Change: A Peruvian Farmer Sues an Energy Giant

Answering for Climate Change: A Peruvian Farmer Sues an Energy Giant

Saul Luciano Lliuya lives near Huaraz, a city in the Andes. Huaraz may not exist much longer, thanks to the swiftly melting Churup Glacier. The glacier feeds a lake which has grown more than thirty times in volume over the past four decades, and threatens to swallow Huaraz, along with Lliuya’s home and his farm. Scientists believe that the lake’s growth is a direct result of global warming. Lliuya has […]

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