Geoff Lawton – Expertise

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As a discipline that tries to create sustainable systems, permaculture is wonderfully diverse. You don’t just develop expertise as a gardener or as a farmer, but you also work with ideas from water, waste, from energy systems and architecture. You engage in the spectrum of human knowledge, and this is intensely rewarding. It is how we come to develop holistic systems that are sustainable. This diversity can also be daunting. […]

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China’s Solution to Sustainable Farming: A Decade’s Old Agricultural Practice

Farmer - a hand net to catch small fish to cook.

According to Jose Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the decade old practice by farmers in China to raise fish in rice paddies benefits local community as well as helps in environmental preservation. He praised China’s work in protecting agricultural heritage and developing sustainable production. This tour marked his first visit to an Asian site listed as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage […]

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Crop Rotation – A Vital Component of Organic Farming

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Long before we had synthetic fertilisers to maintain the land’s nutrients, and chemical pesticides and herbicides to keeps pests and weeds under control, we had crop rotation. Crop rotation is a system of designing how to cycle a parcel of land through various crops, reducing the reliance on chemical fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides. It is how successful farmers nurtured their land over generations, and remains vitally important for farmers today […]

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Biological Fertiliser – Human Urine

Biological Fertiliser – Human Urine

Human urine provides an excellent source of nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and trace elements for plants, and can be delivered in a form that’s perfect for assimilation. With a constant, year-round and free supply of this resource available, more and more farmers and gardeners are making use of it.

Urine is 95% water. The other 5% consists of urea (around 2.5%), and a mixture of minerals, salts, hormones and enzymes.

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Recording the Language of Nature

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For 45-years Bernie Krause has been recording the soundscapes of the wilderness. In that time, he has heard the alterations in our environment change with the effects of global warming; how our actions as humans impact nature.

In June 2013 Bernie was at TEDGlobal 2013 where he describes how he records and listens to nature’s symphonies.

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Mugwort and Healthy Goats

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Mugwort is the common name for Artemisia, a perennial herb used since the Iron Age in medicine, cooking and brewing. It grows in Asia, North America, and Northern Europe. The plant parts that grow above the ground and the root are used to make medicine.

Mugwort has various names such as Felon Herb, St. John’s Herb, Chrysanthemum Weed, Old Uncle Henry, Naughty Man, Old Man, white sagebrush, Louisiana sagewort, silver wormwood and western mugwort. In Europe, they often refer mugwort to the species Artemisia Vulgaris.

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Bunyip Water Level: Measure Contour Lines & Swales

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To have professional surveyors map our contour lines was going to cost thousands of dollars and many we spoke to outright refused because of the number of trees and acreage. The estimates we did receive were not frequent in elevational increments – one even came in at “every 60 feet!” So we ended up hiring a company only for marking our property boundaries. To map the inner swales and contour […]

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10-Plus Healthful Teas from the Herb Garden

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What’s not to like about tea? And, what’s not to like about being healthy? For that matter, what’s not to like about growing plants to make healthy teas out the garden? Odds are, if you’re the type scrolling around on the pages of Permaculture News, you already have a load of useful plants for making medicinal teas growing outside in the garden (or maybe even inside). Most of us think […]

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Raised Garden Beds For Better Backyard Crops

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Creating a safe-haven for plants is important for any avid gardener, regardless of how much prior experience one has with the practice of rearing plants. Raised garden beds are a great option for cultivating flowers, vegetables and herbs in one’s backyard as they provide a multitude of advantages. Firstly, for the plants, the soil will be at its best as you will have turned the soil that the garden bed […]

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Farms are a Major Source of Air Pollution

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Aerosols are liquid or solid particles suspended in the atmosphere (but not including water droplets or ice crystals). They can either be directly emitted into the atmosphere (primary aerosols like dust), or they can be formed in the atmosphere by condensation (secondary aerosol like sulfates). Almost all of their properties, and thus effects, are size dependent: The particle size governs the rate at which they fall out (and thus atmospheric […]

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Life off Grid

Life off Grid

Life Off Grid is a two-year journey exploring the lives of Canadians in every province and territory who have made the choice to disconnect. Life Off Grid is a film about people who have chosen to build their lives around renewable energy, with beautiful, inspiring, and often challenging results. Come and support an independent movie about being Independent! Pre-booking is essential for the movie to be screened and to make […]

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Announcing the First Programme Details – Geoff and Nadia Lawton

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The Permaculture Research Institute (PRI) is excited to announce that Geoff and Nadia Lawton will be attending this year’s British Permaculture Convergence to present a series of workshops. Presenters include: Geoff Lawton – Permaculture Research Institute Setting up demonstration sites as education centres & training permaculture project managers Permaculture Earthworks design and implementation Nadia Lawton School gardens across the world Working with tribal women Matt Ralston & Adrian Lovett Making […]

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