20 Garden Hacks for the Quirky and Pragmatic Permaculturalist

Garden Hacks for the Quirky and Pragmatic Permaculturalist

There is a new term—hack—spinning wildly on the World Wide Web, and I’ve resisted it. I grew up in a time where a hack was someone who did a crappy job, so transitioning into the new definition has been an arduous process for me. But, words evolve, and times change. I don’t want to be the guy standing in the way, so for those of you only now stumbling on […]

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Storing Heat Underground in a Geosolar System

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As an engineer and permaculture designer living in a cold-climate, I am particularly fascinated with the interplay between thermodynamics and design and with capturing “waste” energy and finding novel, inexpensive and efficient ways to store and/or recapture and re-use it. One of these such systems, is geothermal storage. In late 2015, our consulting company, Adaptive Habitat, was hired to design and install a geosolar heat collection system just north of […]

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How to Sustainably Manage Agriculture?

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Agriculture will always be here no matter what era it is and no matter the technological advancements. But the question will be about if we can apply sustainable practices in our individual farms. Farmers always need to increase yield, reduce input, and get more harvests without worrying about later consequences of some farming practices. The best way to sustainably manage agriculture is to use the bio-organics system. It imitates nature […]

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Podcast – the contrast between sustainable forestry and planning law – a live case

Podcast - the contrast between sustainable forestry and planning law - a live case

You buy land, you invest your money, time, sweat, blood, and tears. You engage your community. You find niche opportunities to get paid for your investment. You build resiliency in the soil, you battle people who have no idea what you do. There is a visible disconnect between people who are the pioneers of modern land husbandry, and those who wield delegated power to read rule books written by people […]

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Standard to Establish Framework for Sustainable Agriculture Released by ASABE

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A standard that establishes a framework for charting progress toward sustainable agricultural production has just been completed by The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). This is known as ANSI/ASABE S629, Framework to Evaluate the Sustainability of Agricultural Production Systems. It includes provisions for defining and benchmarking key performance indicators, setting goals, implementing strategies for continuous improvements, and reporting improvements. It is geared for use with all typical […]

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Minimum Intervention

Minimum-Intervention

How Close to Do Nothing Can You Get?

One of the most attractive principles in Permaculture is minimum intervention. The idea that you can be more productive by doing less has many attractions. If we can get higher yields by working less, we also consume less energy and produce less waste.

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Making Biogas is Easy

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Methane is a versatile, sustainable gas that can be used to perform everyday tasks like heating water and cooking food with surprising simplicity. Unfortunately producing it and using it at home may seem messy, but below we have a simple DIY instruction on making a biogas digester. All grazing animals have bacteria that are needed for creating methane in their guts, with cows being the most efficient creators of the […]

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Causing Biological Invasion with the Click of a Mouse

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Every country is under invasion, not from extra-terrestrial organisms but by native plants from other continents. The case of Switzerland is one such classical example. Long ago Goldenrod, Himalayan balsam and Chinese windmill palm were introduced as ornamental plants and at some point having ‘escaped’ into the wild, they are now threatening the native flora. The main cause of such biological invasions is global trade, which from the last two […]

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Permaculture at Taman Pertanian

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The idea behind incorporating permaculture is to show people a site that integrates permaculture demonstration with recreational activities. This mix will be necessary so that people who want to learn and see permaculture working in the tropics can come to this site as a demonstration site. At the same time the site caters for recreational activities that attract different crowds and traps them!

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The Potential to Revolutionize Agricultural Practices through ICT

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This is commonly also referred to as E-agriculture or ICTs in agriculture. It involves designing, developing and applying innovative strategies to use ICTs in the rural fields with a primary focus on agriculture. This innovative ways provides diverse solutions to challenges being faced in agricultural. E-agriculture is a new way that is focusing on the enhancement of agricultural and rural development through improved information and communication processes. So in the […]

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This Crazy Tree Grows 40 Kinds of Fruit

This Crazy Tree Grows 40 Kinds of Fruit

Sam Van Aken, an artist and professor at Syracuse University, uses “chip grafting” to create trees that each bear 40 different varieties of stone fruits, or fruits with pits. The grafting process involves slicing a bit of a branch with a bud from a tree of one of the varieties and inserting it into a slit in a branch on the “working tree,” then wrapping the wound with tape until […]

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Phayao Permaculture Center, Phayao, Northern Thailand

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Having taken the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course with Bill Mollison on Maui, Hawaii in 1982, it has been my vision to retire on my own permaculture designed land. This came about in 2012 when I purchased land for my Thai family. The design was formulated and implementation began. Of the many elements designed in permaculture fashion, soil enhancement was a major priority from the beginning as the tropical soil […]

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