Swale Calculator Spacing Tool


Douglas Barnes of permaculturereflections, who is a sustainable designer from the countryside in Tweed Ontario, has created a great tool that can be used to help with Swale implementation. This calculator, located on his website here, addresses Swale spacing that has been a perennial question in Permaculture. This calculator turns the problem on its head and gives you the best estimate for spacing based on swale size. Why calculate spacing? […]

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Designing the World We Want Livestream


The great people hosting the 12th International Permaculture Conference have allowed us to share the live stream of the event through Permaculturenews.org. You can view it now either at their website here or in the player below. This is a great service and is a credit to the professional organisational skills of the men and women from the IPCUK. This will give the whole world the chance to be involved. […]

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Permaculture Finalist For Environmental Sustainability

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Callum Morrison is a Finalist for the Regional Achievement and Community Award. Callum has been working on the Waminda House Community Garden in Benalla, Victoria and started out with the Potbot, now updated to the Dirt Bottle Irrigation. The garden has overgrown during a cold winter but should be re-started again soon. Since writing the previous article on Potbot irrigation, Here is an update. It appears also that the dirt […]

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Often we read or hear about how awesome a permaculture design course can be. It is usually described as a great informative experience, where all participants are very impressed and fascinated by the amount of knowledge that they achieve in so little time. However one may also think that all those fine words and enthusiastic remarks are simply used for some “nice talk” about permaculture values and principles, but that […]

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How To Grow Tulsi – Sacred Basil


Tulsi also known as Sacred Basil or Holy Basil is a perennial herb that can be grown in the subtropics and the tropics. It is grown for it’s medicinal properties, as a culinary herb, and by the Hindus for religious and ceremonial purposes. As well as being a perennial edible plant it is also incredible bee forage almost full time. Most plants flower for a certain time of the year […]

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How to Make Your Own Dairy-Free Milk, Cheese & Yogurt

Homemade Almond Milk in Recycled Bottles (Courtesy of Samatha Bell)

Homemade Almond Milk in Recycled Bottles (Courtesy of Samatha Bell) It’s not always the most popular subject to broach within public and/or permaculture circles, but the fact of the matter is that in many, many recent studies dairy is being linked to several chronic illnesses, including cardiovascular issues, cancer, and digestive woes. It’s no wonder, really, as we are the only animal to regularly consume the milk of another, and […]

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3 Benefits of Maintaining an Urban Native Plant Food and Medicine Forest


Photography by Paul Galant. The eggplant colored berries grow side by side on an elongated stem, up to perhaps a dozen in a row. You know they’re ripe not only when they’re plump, but when they begin to resemble blueberry flowers in shape–more so than round berries. The berry gains this appearance because the fruit is surrounded by a protective, fleshy sepal, which looks like a flower. If you gently […]

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Would You Live in a Treehouse?


Would you live in a treehouse? The appeal is obvious to any kid, but it can seem like a daunting idea for adults. Nevertheless, cultural interest has erupted in recent years. You can vacation at a “treesort,” or watch a reality show about treetop architecture, or even rent a room in a treehouse on Airbnb. In this short documentary, we interview people who build, live in, and love treehouses. These […]

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New Water Paradigm Case Study: Just Add Water


As anyone who read my post from earlier this year titled ‘Rehydrating the Earth: A New Paradigm for Water Management’ will be aware, the issue of global water management has been a topic of great interest for me for a number of years now. Following on from the writing of this article, which was originally published in the January 2015 edition of the Holistic Science Journal, I was provided with […]

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Permaculture and Kombucha: The Ethics of Scoby


Kombucha, the fizzy probiotic tea applauded for its taste and health benefits, also follows the permaculture ethic of sharing the surplus. You may know kombucha is made by feeding sugar to a scoby (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), or mother as she’s fondly called. In return, the scoby infuses probiotics, flavor, and carbonation into the tea. As scoby cultures readily replenish themselves, the abundance can be passed on to […]

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Jim Al-Khalili: How quantum biology might explain life’s biggest questions


How does a robin know to fly south? The answer might be weirder than you think: Quantum physics may be involved. Jim Al-Khalili rounds up the extremely new, extremely strange world of quantum biology, where something Einstein once called “spooky action at a distance” helps birds navigate, and quantum effects might explain the origin of life itself.

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The Chicken and the Egg


We have the chickens around an area that we’ve allowed to go fallow for a while and grow back into weeds in the main crop area, in the broad chicken tractor system. We’re about to renovate this area back into a larger main crop area for bulk crops, bulk grains, mulch crops and broad scrambling crops like pumpkins and melons. So with 50 birds ranging through this area some of […]

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