15 or More Easy DIY Garden Projects with Garbage

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Plastic Pillow Stuffing

Trash happens. It just does. And, our job as concerned world citizens, responsible for ourselves and the impact we are all individually making on the planet, is to figure out how to deal with that garbage in a sensible way. When all is said and done, we should be leaving the world in better condition… Read more »

Permaculture and the Myth of Overpopulation

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When teaching permaculture I often start out by doing a giant problems mind map. I ask students to brainstorm all of the major “problems” they see in the world to reflect on what brought them to study permaculture. Nine times out of ten the idea of overpopulation as a root “problem” in the world comes… Read more »

Permaculture on a Regional Scale

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A 20-year journey as a student of Geoff Lawton. “You can only change things within yourself first, and then you can only change things locally. Things only ever change on a local level – Geoff Lawton, Costa Rica, 1996” My Permaculture story starts with Geoff Lawton at a Permaculture Design Course (PDC ) while I… Read more »

Why I am cycling around Haiti planting trees

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A dried-up riverbed in Haiti's southern peninsula

For the past year, I have had the privilege of working with grassroots organizations in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, on issues of food security, urban gardening, and environmental protection. I have seen first-hand the Haitian spirit of ‘konbit’, an untranslatable word referring to the coming-together of a community to work for a common goal. I have… Read more »

A Walk in Nature – What’s in it for my Mind?

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With increased urbanization and demographic shift from rural to urban areas, more and more people are getting alienated from nature. At the same time, with each passing year, the number of people taking medication or visiting psychiatrist due to depression, mood disorder and other mental illness is on a steep rise. Is there a link… Read more »

Environmental Awareness in Pakistan

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Environmental awareness, industries working more and more towards it with passing time. With progress related to the industrial sector comes one thing for sure, a more degrading environment. Our advancement has always affected the nature adversely but the trend has changed majorly in the last decade and the population has become more inclined towards the… Read more »

Convenience Food for Beginners: Urban and Suburban Zoning the Permaculture Way

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Home Garden in Bogota

We never see it coming. In the beginning, there is all the excitement, seedlings going into the carefully groomed garden bed. We’ve enriched the soil the best we can, an assortment of legumes and compost. We’ve played the game right with a thick, organic coating of mulch so that the soil stays lively, airy, and… Read more »

Food Sovereignty

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With many economic, agricultural, and water systems in crisis, it makes sense to develop self-sufficiency. Throughout human history, individuals and communities provided basic needs for themselves. Over the last 100 years, the basic necessities have been consigned to centralized institutions. The majority of the world’s population are now dependent on monolithic systems for their water,… Read more »