Left All Alone: A Tale of Permaculture’s Prowess

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This became a favorite spot for our daily hike, after a morning’s work, lunch settling in our bellies as we scuttled across the rocks of the Rio Chico under the afternoon sun. I’ve always liked the idea that, once a permaculture system is in place, the largely perennial garden will not merely survive but actually… Read more »

Grey Water and Silt Pond Project – Parts 1 and 2

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Part One Phil Williams of takes you through a two-part video of him installing a grey water and silt pond project he has. He explains some of the issues and he talks through resolutions to making it work. Phil was a conventional landscape contractor and designer for twelve years. He learned quite a bit about… Read more »

Fruttorti Parma: Results of 2014 trials on unusual tubers, legumes, pseudo-cereals and other annuals.

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Raised beds and other experiments Besides the area dedicated to the food forest several other small agronomic trials are carried over in raised beds or small plots between the young trees in the Picasso Food Forest. In particular, 10 raised beds were built during the winter 2014 to:

Some New Angles on Grazing Cells

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The Big Scrub is gone; destroyed by loggers and cattle farmers a century ago. What was once Australia’s largest subtropical rainforest—900km2 of biodiversity—is now largely home to cows and grass. Even between these two components many landowners still struggle to enforce balance. Thistle-covered paddies, eroded hillsides, compacted soils with sparse vegetation—scars from this struggle cover… Read more »

Contour Beds Peru

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The ancient Inca also utilised contour patterning in their agriculture. This article will describe the process we took to create kitchen garden contour beds in the Sacred Valley Peru. Contour beds are annual and/or perennial vegetable garden beds that conform to the natural pattern of the landscape. Being on contour means that the paths and… Read more »

The Picasso Food Forest

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All the pictures included in this page are strictly taken from the Picasso Food Forest. The project Fruttorti di Parma takes inspiration from agro-ecology, agroforestry and permaculture, a design approach for creating sustainable human settlements by imitating natural systems. The Picasso Food Forest is the first experimental site of a public urban food forest in… Read more »

Establishing Living Fences in Central America

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Photos Courtesy of Sam Kenworthy The use of living fences in the Central American region is prolific. Although installation techniques and application style of living fences varies across borders and climates, in Costa Rica the fences generally serve to delineate property and keep livestock within a boundary. Aside from their obvious uses, living fences generate… Read more »

Finding your Sustainability Niche

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Within every system there is the normal way of doing things and then there is your way. Finding work, hobby, career or passion, it’s important to, yes, learn the system, but then express it in your own unique way, leveraging your unique gifts, talents, insights and experiences. I found a great permaculture podcast site (thepermaculturepodcast.com)… Read more »

What happens in a PRI Sunshine Coast PDC course?

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An overview of what we do during our Permaculture Design Certificate course here at PRI “Maungaraeeda”, Sunshine Coast. On the 26th of January we started another Permaculture Design Certificate course here at the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast. This article is to give you more of an idea how our PDC is run and what… Read more »

Re-Greening a Mountain

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Re-Greening a Mountain video trailer. See the full version on Geofflawton.com When Geoff Lawton says this is the best Permaculture demonstration site on the planet, then you have to stop and listen. “Where is it exactly?” I asked, as I’ve never heard of this place. I didn’t know the Chinese were even into permaculture. “Kadoorie… Read more »

BIG Permaculture Project Starting! Looking for Collaborators (Central NM)

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For the right person or family, this is an amazing opportunity to own land in exchange for sweat equity while being on the front lines of the food revolution. Or just come out, bring your portable infrastructure, and do your thing for a season or two. It definitely won’t be for most, but if regenerative… Read more »