Posted by & filed under Courses/Workshops, Dams, Land, Material, Roads, Soil Conservation, Soil Rehabilitation, Surveying, Swales, Water Conservation, Water Harvesting.

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If you’re considering doing Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Design Certificate Course later this month and want to know more, check out the Bonus $1200 Earthworks course we are including for free.

It’s a mixture of classroom and field lectures that will bring you up to speed and teach you how to build dams, ponds, swales, water features, spillways and house sites using excavators.

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Posted by & filed under Community Projects, Courses/Workshops, Demonstration Sites, Education Centres, Urban Projects.

Introducing PRI Tipuana Farm

A few years back Joey Delia had a vision of a Permaculture demonstration site that was highly accessible. Far enough to have a chunk of land but close enough for people from the city to see a real demonstration of Permaculture in action. There began the creation of what is now PRI Tipuana Farm. The search for the right property was long and tedious, but well worth the outcome. The property that is now PRI Tipuana Farm, a PRI Master Plan site, was better than what even Joey had imagined. The farm is situated just outside the city of San Marcos in North San Diego County — a short 7 Minutes to the center of the city, but surrounded by nature and the peace that comes with it. The farm itself is 2.5 acres. To the south, accessible by a trail directly from the farm are acres and acres of wide open California native shrub. There is water, a seasonal creek and a hand dug well. There is also a small 30 year old fruit forest near the house.

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Posted by & filed under GMOs, Society.

Steve Marsh’s court case finished on Feb 28, 2014, and although we are not sure when the verdict will be out, we will put an update on our website as soon as we know the outcome of this important landmark case that could change the future of farming in Australia and beyond. Steve’s legal costs have not been fully covered yet, so please consider making a donation if you can afford it.

The WA Australian Supreme Court has taken the decision to publish all the transcripts, opening and closing addresses and witness statements online. It will take a while to read and if you have the time is recommended. It will show that the evidence is strongly in Steve’s favour, that Mr Baxter knew Steve was organic, that he could not tolerate GM canola on his farm and that he would lose his certification if it got on there. Despite this Mr Baxter planted next to Steve’s farm instead of further back and then to make matters worse, swathed (mowed, raked and windrowed) the GM canola and left it to dry for several weeks. It was during this time that the winds came up and blew the GM canola onto Steve’s farm.

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Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Community Projects, Demonstration Sites, Education Centres.

An update from the Global Resource Alliance (GRA)


  • Continued developing the Kinesi Village permaculture project with the local community on 8 acres of land donated to GRA by the Village Council to grow food for 35 families caring for orphans. This plot grows hundreds of trees for food, lumber and habitat, staple foods like corn, beans, sweet potatoes, sorghum, cassava and peanuts, a variety of vegetables and moringa oleifera for medicinal purposes.
  • Sent GRA-TZ permaculture coordinator Elisha Owino from Kinesi Village to a Permaculture Training for Trainers in Kenya to increase his skills and become a teacher in the field of permaculture to educate local communities and outside visitors.

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Posted by & filed under Bird Life, Livestock, Soil Erosion & Contamination.

by Good Life Permaculture

Despite having lead contaminated soils, Margaret has been able to apply good design to
integrate chickens into her garden.

You’re ready to get chickens, you’re totally pumped. And then you do some soil tests (just to be safe) and discover you have high levels of lead in your soil.


So what do you do — turn around, relinquish your hopes of having a feathered flock of your own and suppress the urge to cry? Wrong, you get informed, create a good design and work out a strategy, because there is always a way.

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Posted by & filed under GMOs, Health & Disease.

Why are thousands of physicians advising patients to avoid eating GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) [1] and how did these high-risk foods get onto the market in the first place? The answers are disturbing, even shocking, but may help you get healthy and stay healthy.

Foods with added bacterial or viral genes were quietly slipped into your diet two decades ago. Using the excuse that GMOs weren’t that much different, the FDA didn’t require labels or even a single safety study from GMO makers like Monsanto. But a lawsuit forced the agency to release their files and the truth finally came out.

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Posted by & filed under Nuclear.

Finnish nuclear plant already vastly over budget and overdue has slowed almost to a halt, embroiled in dispute and with no end in sight; it augurs badly for UK’s bloated nuclear ambition.

by Prof. Peter Saunders

Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant in Eurajoki, Finland.

The nuclear renaissance that never was

When the Finnish government agreed in 2005 to the construction of a new reactor on the Olkiluoto site in the far north of the country, this was the first nuclear power plant to be ordered in Western Europe for 15 years. Supporters of nuclear energy greeted it as the start of a ‘nuclear renaissance’. But things have not worked out as hoped. Olkuiluoto 3 was supposed to cost €3.2 bn and is now expected to cost almost three times as much. It was supposed to be in operation by 2009 but the date keeps being put forward. And relations between the Finnish power consortium Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) and the French construction firm Areva have been described by Areva’s Chief Operating Officer as one of the biggest conflicts in the history of the construction sector [1].

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Posted by & filed under Commercial Farm Projects, Community Projects, Consumerism, Food Shortages, Markets & Outlets, Peak Oil, Village Development.

Local squash, like the ones pictured here, are frozen and consumed
through the winter by Farm to Table Co-Packers.

The families in my bioregion, the mid-Hudson Valley of New York (90 miles north of New York city), have been coping well with increasing food prices and sourcing food supplies as we face peak oil. This runs counter to the popular image circulating online showing families and the food they consume each week from all over the world, with US and other western families spending exorbitant amounts on packaged, processed and junk food. These communities are likely the most vulnerable as we face peak oil and rising prices as a result of sourcing foods over long distances. But the image of Americans eating junk, processed and packaged food is beginning to grow outdated. Since 2009, in response to the recession and climate change, my bioregion is undergoing a transition similar to the "Special Period" that Cuba had when they lost their fossil fuel dealer with the fall of the Soviet Union and everyone had to grow food.

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Posted by & filed under Energy Systems, Nuclear.

by J. Matthew Roney, Earth Policy Institute

In China, wind power is leaving nuclear behind. Electricity output from China’s wind farms exceeded that from its nuclear plants for the first time in 2012, by a narrow margin. Then in 2013, wind pulled away — outdoing nuclear by 22 percent. The 135 terawatt-hours of Chinese wind-generated electricity in 2013 would be nearly enough to power New York State.

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Posted by & filed under Podcasts.

Malaysian radio station, BFM, spoke to Rhamis Kent, a Permaculture / Ecosystem Restoration Consultant and Educator, about the rapid growing interest in sustainable development and permaculture. Rhamis shares with us his experiences working on a number of different permaculture projects across the world from Somalia and Yemen to Jordan. He also discusses his hope to bring to the attention of the investment community an aspect of the emerging sustainable economy that has yet to be seriously considered for significant financial support.

Click on the play button below to listen to the conversation!

Interview with Rhamis Kent

Posted by & filed under Building, Demonstration Sites, Land.

Kris Holstrom’s off-grid permaculture farm at 9000 feet high is living proof that food can be grown nearly anywhere. Managing with a very short growing season and water constraints, she and her interns have created magic. Tour the sun-warmed, insulated greenhouse where greens are grown year-round. It’s home to a waterfall and pond with fish, trellises for grapes and seedlings, artwork for the soul, and mushrooms growing from straw. The outside garden offers herbs, berries and greens. Kris sees herself as a steward of the land, and delights in sharing it with kids and interns in a spirit of love and reciprocity.