Raised Garden Beds For Better Backyard Crops

Garden in a Garden

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

Tractor at sunset

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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The Top Three Ways to Share Sustainability Knowledge as a Traveller

plane-wing-travel

Ironically, the First World leads the way in both pollution and sustainability. In many ways we are well aware of our love of excess, and are focussing more and more on how to shift to more sustainable practices. Comparatively, in other parts of the world sustainability couldn’t be further from the mind. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs tells us that surviving in the short term will always outweigh the larger, and, […]

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Geoff Lawton – Connections

Geoff Lawton - connections

One of the traps that we can fall into as consultants is to get very focused on thinking, on analysing, on understanding what it is that we are seeing. We can overthink what it is that we are trying to do with our design work, and when we do that, we risk seeing things in isolation. The land. The plants. The climate. The people. The geology and the fertility. In […]

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A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity (Full Documentary)

A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity (Full Documentary)

Fresh from a sold-out premiere, Jordan and Samuel have made available their full length documentary film A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity (Full Documentary). It was a great night with David Holmgren and Helena Norberg-Hodge joining co-producers’, Jordan Osmond and Samuel Alexander for a panel discussion. Below we have posted the full documentary of “A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity”, an inspiring new documentary produced by Jordan Osmond (http://happenfilms.com/) and […]

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14 Sites to Help with Your Permaculture Practice

14 Sites to Help with Your Permaculture Practice

These days I design more freely. I’m comfortable assessing where a good place to plant might be. On a good day, it might even occur to me what to plant and how to plant it. I have experience finding contour lines, installing swale systems and collecting water, and I know how to find or create on-site resources to make fertile garden beds. I’ve worked some with construction-grade bamboo, with cob, […]

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The PRI is on Vimeo

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We are working hard on our video resources for the wider community, please check out our videos that are in the process of being uploaded to Vimeo. Here you will find such films as Greening the Desert 2, and a great instructional video on worm towers by Geoff Lawton, And a great video of Geoff with using a swimming pool to grow fish.

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Growing Local – Eating Local

Fresh produce

One of life’s simple pleasures would have to be going to the local Farmers Market for the weekly shopping. The hubbub of chatter, cooking, banging and rattling. Talking to the people who actually produce your food. The smells, the sights, the touch on your skin. The sense of being part of a food system that is whole and sustaining. Local Farmers Markets are popping up everywhere and are in great […]

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Winter Zaytuna Farm Tour

Winter Zaytuna Farm Tour

Zaytuna Farm is situated on a sixty-six acre (27 hectares) property that fronts Terania Creek opposite the village of The Channon, Northern NSW. The property contains 800m of creek frontage, numerous swimming holes, and abundant wildlife. The landscape is diverse, covering high frost-free hilltops, ridges and valleys with both cleared paddocks and forested areas. Zaytuna Farm is a working permaculture education and demonstration farm under continuous…

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Fukuoka, Bowie, Gandhi and You

Blackboard

So you’ve heard of Permaculture, you understand the notion of sustainability, you recycle… mostly, you’re grappling with the concept of infinite growth on a finite planet, perhaps you have some friends or family who are beginning to behave a little strangely and keep talking about things like ‘biochar’, ‘cob’ or ‘compost tea’? In short, you’re interested, but you don’t know where to begin! A book that has become a cornerstone […]

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