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500 days In A Food Forest To Now Include 1100 days!

500 days In A Food Forest To Now Include 1100 days feat

It can be hard finding the time to spend time in a food forest, let alone three years! With that in mind, over the past three years, I’ve taken a series of 700 photos of the food forest here and produced a short video so that you can experience what I see on a daily basis. The farm is in a temperate climate in the mountains of the south eastern […]

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Any Graphic Designers Out There? A Call Out for Collaborators

Any Graphic Designers Out There feat

The Simplicity Institute is mobilising for a new ‘culture jamming’ project next year and we’ve started gathering a team of skilled graphic designers (and potentially visual artists more generally) to collaborate. If this sounds like you and you are keen to volunteer some of your time (a few hours or many hours) to creating striking images that challenge consumerism and the growth economy, and advance the visions of voluntary simplicity, […]

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Modeling Sustainable Food Systems

Modeling Sustainable Food Systems feat

Sustainability has become quite the buzzword inside the environmentalist circle and out, but what does sustainability mean and how can we measure is? A 1987 UN report known as Our Common Future, defines sustainability as, “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Often, sustainability is viewed under an agricultural lens, bringing in concepts such as organic farming and permaculture, […]

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Non-Traditional Education: Reconnecting to our Roots

Reconnecting to our Roots feat

Modern, conventional education systems do not work for everyone. They cater well enough to many of today’s students but not to a significant portion of the population that might be better served by alternative pedagogical approaches. In most countries, at the age of 4 or 5, or even younger, kids are shuffled into busy classrooms to learn subjects that will reportedly prepare them for a successful future. As our economies […]

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Cows, Carbon and Climate | Joel Salatin | TEDxCharlottesville

Cows, Carbon and Climate feat

This year, Salatin was featured at a TEDx Talk in Charlottesville, entitled Cows, Carbon and Climate, which places a large focus on the grass-herbivore relationship. He immediately calls out his listeners (and today’s society) for being disconnected from grass. Not golf course, manicured-lawn grass, but the grass like that found when the first explorers entered Virginia centuries ago. He paints an attractive picture for listeners of historic pastures so lush […]

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Permaculture in the City

Permaculture in the City

This article is not about growing food in city. We will talk about city life, where you work 8 to 6 and still have a social life, and trying to pay a mortgage or two and live on plastics rather than cash money. Life in metropolitan cities are fast, relies on money and communication is mostly online. How can you sustain your existence in a fast moving life style? There […]

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THE CROWD FUNDING CAMPAIGN FOR THE ITALIAN VERSION OF MOLLISON´S DESIGNERS´ MANUAL

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Last September the European Permaculture Convergence took place in Italy, that is in a charming location called Bolsena, a small town lying on the shores of huge volcanic lake where swans use to swim peacefully on the mesmerizing water surface reflecting the colours of sky and hills. The giant sycamore trees scattered all around seem to be standing there as the loving and protective arms of our Mother Earth. There […]

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Greenhouse of Abundance Online

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Solution Era has now launched a crowd funding campaign for our online course, Greenhouse of Abundance. This project will help to dramatically change the way people live their lives. The response has been enormous!! Within in the first 24 hours, we managed to reach our initial goal!! Now, we are aiming for a larger amount, which will enable us to translate the course into English and other languages, as well […]

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Small Farm Contributions

Community Garden in  Santa Monica, California

With all of the focus on striving towards wholesale changes to the entire global farming model, it’s sometimes hard to believe that we, as individuals, can make much of an impact on the prevailing models of food production and its detrimental effects on the environment. But this could not be further from the truth. Yes, each of us needs to be putting pressure on lawmakers, community leaders, corporate growers, and […]

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A Time for Putting Something Back

Wooden bridge through the mangrove reforestation in Petchaburi

The ancient Book of Ecclesiastes teaches us “there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” In five years’ time, I shall be seventy-four. My time will be running out as I look back down the years. The next five are perhaps my last opportunity to put things right. This not only about aging: Any one of us could die at any time. All […]

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Does Information Want To Be FREE? Should It Be?

Does Information Want To Be FREE? Should It Be?

In 1968, in the United States, during that country’s counter-cultural revolution, the writer Steward Brand began publishing the Whole Earth Catalog, a magazine that included, among other things, articles about DIY projects that focused on ecology, and carried the tag line “access to tools.” The articles were essentially manuals on how to build new forms of technology or ways to adapt existing technology to increase efficiency or better address a […]

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5 Tips for the Budding Permaculture Educator

5 Tips for the Budding Permaculture Educator

As permaculture practitioners our greatest challenge may well be overcoming self doubt. This sentiment was shared by more than one of our leading permaculture practitioners and elders earlier this month at the 13th Australasian Permaculture Convergence in Perth Western Australia. A panel of some of our finest educators was assembled with the expressed intent of answering any and all questions anyone in attendance may have, and as expected an eager […]

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