Geoff Lawton and Dave Spicer talk Confidence with Big Projects

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In this on camera chat, the PRI’s World renowned Geoff Lawton catches up with Dave Spicer, whom he first met at the original Tagari farm. Dave Spicer has joined Geoff on a number of big projects alreay, one of which was the original Greening the Desert site in Jordan. Geoff Lawton is a world renowned Permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. He first took his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course in […]

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Going Beyond Permaculture

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permaculturesunshinecoast.org site is expanding to a Do It Yourself Food and Health Hub. We were told several times that what we do here goes “beyond permaculture” and that we do not market what we do well enough. We have attempted to achieve that with this new “hub” of websites. To give you an idea of what we offer here, I will try to encapsulate it in this article. Some things […]

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As without, so within

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As above, so below… Ancient wisdom has never been more correct than today. Rather than looking at it from a spiritual perspective, this article will look at it from a physical and environmental perspective. Since the industrial revolution began, mankind have had an enormous impact on the environment, more than ever before. As we increasingly hurt the environment, we are increasingly hurting ourselves. Over the last few decades, as use […]

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Piecing Together a Guild of Your Own

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Photo: Panorama (Courtesy of hardworkinghippy) In the scheme of permaculture food production, harnessing the most out of nature whilst using its own attributes, creating plant guilds ranks pretty high up there. Most of us know them in simplified forms such as the three sisters—corn, beans and squash—or companion plantings like carrots and onions or tomatoes and basil. While these combinations are great things to be familiar with, the larger lesson […]

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Charting The Sun’s Motion In Relation To Your Home And Permaculture Site

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Image source: NREL.gov Understanding the sun’s motion relative to a site is an important aspect of a good permaculture design, as various elements like plants, animals and solar devices depend on sun for their functionality. A good appreciation of the earth’s rotation about its axis, its revolution around the sun and the consequences of these motions on the sun’s position and availability at a given location on the earth’s surface, […]

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The Advantages of Permaculture over Traditional Landscaping

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Landscaping is defined as the art or technique of designing and managing open spaces; its primary goal is usually aesthetics and the design is optimized for things such as ease of maintenance, accessibility, privacy, costs, etc. However, traditional landscaping rarely bothers to include non-anthropocentric uses in the designed environment. That is a big oversight – but one that creates a huge opportunities for permaculture designers. In this example of a […]

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Where Inspiration Grows and Education Nourishes Life

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If you want to spark curiosity, conversation and perhaps influence people to embrace particular values in their daily lives, tell a compelling story. It is through stories that natural relationships are revealed and shared and it is through stories that inspiration grows. The Cardboard Challenge is one such story. “It has been said that next to hunger and thirst, our most basic human need is for storytelling.” Khalil Gibran The […]

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Introducing Nitrogen Fixing Trees: Nature’s Solution to Curing N2 Deficiency

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Nitrogen deficiency is a major challenge to world agriculture. This element is one of the most important nutrients for the growth and survival of plants. Roughly 78% of earth’s atmosphere consists of this gas essential to supporting life. However, plant life is unable to derive vital nutrients from its gaseous form. Instead, plants must pull nitrogen from their soil. The introduction of chemicals to compensate for nitrogen deficiency has created […]

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Baobs and Bunyas

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The Boabs of Kimberley in the North West of Australia and the Bunyas of the north east coasts of Australia are two trees with outstanding appearance and function. These are two of my special interest trees the Boab Adansonia gegoeri and Bunya Araucaria bidwiili. My visits to the Kimberley began in the nineteen seventies and continued into the eighties. In the years 1999 to2003, I was living in the East […]

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Why Is the Edge So Damned Important?

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Photo: At the River’s Edges in Orgiva, Spain. Photo courtesy of Emma Gallagher. I must begin with the confession that this article began when my wife asked me to better explain the edge effect, and I found myself stumbling through an explanation. We both knew the edge was something powerful and taking advantage of it a permaculture principle, but the clear reason—something akin to defining permaculture—seemed to escape us. I […]

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Diversified Organic Market Gardening and Arboriculture

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The method of Ferme du Bec Hellouin This report was originally published here and was translated by Marcus Busby. Ferme biologique du Bec Hellouin 27800 LE BEC HELLOUIN FRANCE www.fermedubec.com Produce a lot in a small space, providing a diet invegetables for 1,000 people by the culture of land whose area does not nourish 50 if the ordinary methods were applied to it, and if anart did not come in […]

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Billions in Change – Official Film

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The world is facing some huge problems. There’s a lot of talk about how to solve them. But talk doesn’t reduce pollution, or grow food, or heal the sick. That takes doing. This film is the story about a group of doers, the elegantly simple inventions they have made to change the lives of billions of people, and the unconventional billionaire spearheading the project. To me, the largest area of […]

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