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Following the success of our three PDCs in 2012 and 2013, foodwatershelter is pleased to offer you the chance to join USA-based instructor Steve Whitman and a team of local teachers in Arusha, Tanzania from May 26th to June 6th, 2014, for two weeks of intensive learning and an incredible networking opportunity.

You’ll gain direct permaculture design experience through Kesho Leo’s farms and other projects in the Arusha region, while sharing this experience with a diverse group of the international community; from farmers to NGO workers, teachers to lodge managers.

Permaculture is a framework for working towards greater sustainability and self-reliance. It is these principles that underpin the systems of the Kesho Leo project, and not only work to meet the needs of Kesho Leo’s residents, but also provide opportunities for community education and income generation.

Throughout this PDC you’ll learn hands-on from our livestock, organic vegetable gardens and aquaculture ponds, food forests and poultry systems, compost toilets and rainwater harvesting systems; all while supporting the promotion of self-reliance within Africa. For more information visit www.foodwatershelter.org.au/pdc.aspx and to secure a place early, contact: pdc (at) foodwatershelter.org.au

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Excerpted from Paradise Lot by Eric Toensmeier with contributions from Jonathan Bates.

Bates and Toensmeier will be hosting a perennial vegetable tasting and edible landscaping workshop at their garden in Holyoke, MA, USA this April 26, 2014.


Jonathan Bates with spring perennial vegetables

From the beginning of my interest in plants for permaculture and edible landscaping I identified perennial vegetables as a real gap in the available information. Nobody seemed to know what perennial leaves, roots, and shoots could grow under or between fruit trees, nut trees, and berry bushes. I spent a number of years accumulating information on the species which culminated in the publication of Perennial Vegetables in 2007. Since then I’ve presented many workshops for master gardeners groups, organic growers, and landscape professionals. Everyone seems shocked to learn that we have such a fine palette of long–lived and low–maintenance vegetable crops for cold climates. The fact that many of them are fine ornamentals is a lovely bonus as well.

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Learn how to manage our exciting native forest for saw logs, pole wood, fence post, firewood, etc., while having a very beneficial effect on the structure of the forest itself – increasing bio-diversity from the forest floor up to the canopy. You will also learn the basics of portable sawmills. Find out how relatively easy it is to set up a portable sawmill, then be ready to start milling in 30 to 40 minutes, urban or rural – it’s do-able!

Find out more and book here!

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Update: Sorry, course registrations have now closed for 2014.

There are only a few hours left to go before we close the 2014 Online PDC Course to new students.

Seats are filling fast with just a few seats left to go. If you’ve been thinking of taking my online course, now is the time to do it. You get a 30 day money back guarantee if you change your mind.

This is the course all the experts do to take Permaculture to the next level.

We will close the course tonight, at 12 midnight Californian time Sunday 6th April!

Your next chance to do this course will be sometime in late 2015!

We’ve had over 3,502 comments from new students since last Sunday. We hope to see you there as we’re building a fantastic community. Be a part of this 2014 Online PDC Course as we go forth in this life changing event!

Sign up here at this link Now!

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Update: Sorry, course registrations have now closed for 2014.

We’ve had a terrific response to the start of the 2014 Online PDC Course and want to thank you all for the tremendous support you’ve given us towards making this first week a resounding success. Seats are filling up fast and the doors are closing this weekend. We’ve had over 2400 comments since Sunday from our new students, who are making new friends and already benefitting from the assistance of last year’s students (‘Veterans’). We’re hoping this Online PDC Course will only get better from here!

The response from students has been phenomenal and humbling!

Heavens! How will I consume all that is offered, both from the curriculum and the posts. Gracious, Geoff! — from a student living in Alameda, Northern Coastal California

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The Supreme Court just issued its ruling on McCutcheon V. FEC (see background on this case here if you’re not familiar) and it’s a disaster for our democracy. Five justices sided with Shaun McCutcheon, the climate-denying coal baron, opening the door for near-unlimited campaign contributions from individuals.

We’re still figuring out all the implications of this decision – and ways to fight it – but in the meantime, one thing is clear: it’s time to get organized.

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People are ditching mortgages and finding community through earthship building

The past few years have seen a dramatic increase in accessible earthship building and sustainable lifestyle workshops across Australia and Internationally. The basic message for participants is empowerment through action and networking which provides the opportunity for communities and individuals to develop skills and community support for building and other types of projects that rely upon voluntary labour — similar to the successful permablitz movement which has taken off across Australia.

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Dr Mae-Wan Ho takes you behind the latest, most blatant scientific disinformation campaign to show how GMO crops have remained a minority sector in food production and shrinking from overwhelming consumer rejection; in contrast, non-GMO sectors are rapidly taking over the global food market. The largest, agro-ecological farming, is also the most sustainable, resilient and climate friendly, and currently produces over half of the world’s food.

A fully referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and otherwise available for download here.

Scientific disinformation on GMO plumbs new depths

Scientific disinformation on GMOs is rife; more so and more blatant than any other area where science has become enmeshed with corporate profit. The battle to reclaim people’s food rights intensifies worldwide as the failures and hazards of GMOs can no longer be concealed behind the relentless propaganda. Within the past 18 months, learned societies, science journals and sundry scientist have joined the fray, spreading false claims that the scientific debate is over and GM food is proven safe, that GM crops are a great success with more miracles on the way, and needed to feed the world [1-4] (see our response to one of them [5] Scientific American Disinformation on GMOs, SiS 60).

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Update: Sorry, course registrations have now closed for 2014.

People were commenting on Facebook that it was like waiting for tickets at midnight to a Mick Jagger concert. Geoff Lawton’s famous Online PDC course kicked off midnight across three American timezones on the weekend. The sales came in fast and furious when the doors opened and have been running at a steady flow for the last few days. The course will close when fully subscribed or by the following weekend — whichever comes first.

This is a once a year opportunity to be enrolled in a 12-week online PDC course with a difference. Apart from gaining a regular PDC, students will then be given Geoff Lawton’s $1200 Earthworks course as a bonus online.

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