Category: Why Permaculture?

Survival in Different Terms: A Healthy Ecosystem Is Not Based on Survival of the Fittest

Caiman in Panama (Courtesy of Emma Gallagher

As I’m working my way through and around Geoff Lawton’s online PDC course, I’m pulling out all sorts of nuggets, things that spur my thoughts or twist a smile onto my face. It’s great to hear about familiar ideas in a new light and to feel inspired once more with all the possibilities permaculture presents and all the possibilities to present permaculture. Video: Geoff Lawton’s PRI Zaytuna Farm Tour Somewhere […]

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Permaculture, a Holistic Solution, Is Applicable Empowerment to World Poverty on a Local Level

Kids in Casa Guatemala Who Helped Us with a Soil Rebuildng and Erosion Prevention Project

I worked for many years with NGOs, most of which were providing English education in order to provide people with the ability to make living in industries, like tourism or international business. Generally, I volunteered in communities where impoverishment was beyond anything I’d ever seen growing up in the USA: Houses were lean-tos constructed from randomly amassed scrap materials, schools often lacked electricity and/or materials and/or books, and people suffered […]

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Could We Change Consumption to Production

Could We Change Consumption to Production

When I consider the age of current and wannabee world leaders I want to cringe. I am sixty-nine myself, and planning the end game perhaps ten years ahead. This is how things work: we live in our own timeframes. I only need enough money until I die. Teresa May is 60, Angele Merkel and François Hollande 62, Vladimir Putin 63, and Donald Trump 70. We have as much hope of […]

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What Can Be Done in 99 Days

What Can Be Done in 99 Days

Recently Justin Rhodes has given a vlog update on what he and his family have achieved in just 99 days. This is a great video by Justin and shows just what can be accomplished in 99 short days. From reclaimed materials though to growing 75% of his food. Connect with Justin; On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abundantpermaculturefarm/ On his website: http://abundantpermaculture.com/ Or on his very popular Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOSGEokQQcdAVFuL_Aq8dlg/featured

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Yield is Theoretically Unlimited

Yield is Theoretically Unlimited feat

Well in practice we find this to be a truth, not a theory. Over time our yields just keep growing. And we can always find more ways to get more out of the system. The native peoples have managed the Amazon Rainforest for 5,000 years since they first arrived there. Treading very lightly. But hey there’s always room for more tree houses. No? Our very small back yard (800 sq […]

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Learning More on How to Think about Soil

Seedling & Soil

I don’t know why it is, but I’ve taken to waking up at about five every morning. I kiss my wife Emma on the head, creep downstairs from the loft of our apartment and spend the next hour or more watching Geoff Lawton videos from the PDC course. She knows I’m doing it. It’s nothing weird. But, for the most part, we don’t talk all that much about it. This […]

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Shifting Baseline Syndrome

Shifting Baseline Syndrome

To put it in its most simplest terms, shifting baseline syndrome is basically the way in which humans, and every generation essentially, lowers its standards over the course of time. These generations are not lowering their standards on purpose, or because they have any negative goal, but simply because they don’t know any better. It all occurs underneath the surface level, with most completely unaware of what’s happening.

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The Food Forest: A Shining Example Of Permaculture in Australia

The Food Forest: A Shining Example Of Permaculture in Australia

A direct pupil of Bill Mollison, the father of permaculture, Geoff Lawton takes his decades of experience on the road, with a visit to one of Australia’s most interesting and longstanding examples of permaculture. The Food Forest, owned by Graham and Annmarie Brookman and a joint venture with their two children, consists of more than 160 varieties of food products and timber over a 15 hectare space of land in […]

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Urban Permaculture Transformation

Urban Permaculture Transformationfeat

It’s done! We did it! All building projects are completed, and the garden is growing uncontrollably! Check it out! The Short Story Between summer 2015 and summer 2016 I had the pleasure to re-design and re-build the urban 690m2 home of my brother’s family in Berlin. The focus of the design was everything surrounding the house, lifestyle and behaviour changes, and reconsiderations of resource and energy uses. After an initial […]

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Small Scale Farming

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Incremental change is hard to see. Almost 2 years in and we are just starting to see the vision take shape of what we want to accomplish. There is still a ways to go, but to see how far we’ve come gives us the motivation to keep going. What is nice about small scale farming is the equal part vision and equal part execution (since it is small scale there […]

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Urban Permaculture Transformation in Michigan

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by Rachelle Yeaman and Michael Hoag. Despite being the creators and beneficiaries of the Lillie House urban permaculture site, Mike Hoag and Kim Willis are still a little amazed by all the yields they’re reaping from their property. In four years of striving to harness the power of natural systems, they’ve gone from a scraggly, compacted lawn that took thankless hours to maintain, to a low-maintenance, edible paradise. Lillie House […]

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Then and Now: A Baby Boomer Growing Up

Then and Now: A Baby Boomer Growing Up

World War II caused three major economic disruptions in Europe. The military commandeered a large part of the active workforce, governments redirected social spend to the war effort, and aerial bombing devastated many urban areas. The surviving soldiers returned to a society they hardly knew. The situation was different for military returning to the U.S. where the war economy had blossomed. Two hundred billion in war bonds matured, financing the […]

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