Food Forest “Chop and Drop”

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Even though I would like to see more rain the “wet season” is here. This means that rainfall is higher than evaporation so it is time to “chop and drop”. This saying is a permaculture saying meaning that we cut back our support species and drop them on the ground to accelerate the natural forest floor buildup and to cycle the nutrients and carbon.The first photo is a “before” shot […]

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Burdock – Build your Blood, bones and Nervous System

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Burdock root contains awesome nutrition. It is a great source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, and C as well as the minerals calcium, phosphorous, potassium, iron, manganese, chromium, selenium, silicon, and zinc. Is it any wonder it is known for its great blood, bone and nervous system building and purifying properties. It’s roots even resembles the branches of the nervous system or bones when cleaned. The roots contain an […]

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A Fowl Arrangement Between Us All

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Every morning I get out of bed to the sound of turkeys and chickens parading around my cabin en route to a spot behind the outdoor kitchen scullery where scraps of food are tossed every day. It’s a beautiful permaculture set-up, feeding the fowl by merely scraping the plates over the counter. By the next morning, the birds are happy, and any evidence is gone. Occasionally, the dogs get in […]

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Nature Farming – Done Naturally

Nature Farming - Done Naturally

Throwing some seeds over a cleared piece of land may seem a haphazard method of farming, a negative person may say it’s doomed to failure, but proof to the contrary is here – a happy plant-filled field that will produce a great yield. It may seem like beginner’s luck that the rice paddy growing so happily, when actually it is an ancient secret that man is starting to be willing […]

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What It Means to and Why It Matters That We Buy Local

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Buying local is quickly becoming a trend, and though some folks may not have noticed the slow change in supermarkets and the growing numbers of farmers’ markets, only occasionally visiting the US (where I was born) or the UK (where my wife was born) has really made it have an impact on us. Each time, we notice more. We are excited about the change. It’s great to go back a […]

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Geoff Lawton Goes to Malaysia

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Murujan Permaculture Design is a growing and dedicated group of Permaculturalists, based in Malaysia working to spread awareness and education of Permaculture Design around the world but particularly in Malaysia. We were extremely honored to be paid a visit by none other than Geoff Lawton in November 2015. His visit was the beginning of what hopes to be a very important project for Malaysia in terms of Permaculture Design and […]

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Sprouting Good’s Aquaponics

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We would love to introduce you to the wonderful world of Aquaponics. Aquaponics is the cultivation of plants using the waste water from fish or aquatic creature which supplies the nutrients for the plants. Those using Aquaponics at home will be able to deliver fresh healthy chemical free produce in their backyard with the benefit of having access to fresh fish. Our specially designed education centre has been teaching students […]

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Living Fencing For Mediterranean Climate Regions

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Fences are a must for your homestead and farm. Fences ensure security and privacy, define property boundaries, prevents intruders, separate production zones of gardens, orchards and pastures, confine our useful farm animals and protect them from predators and so on. Woven or electric wire, boards on pressure-treated posts, welded livestock panels etc. are some choices for manufactured fencing but they are not good choices as energy and environmental crises are […]

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Developing the Food Forest Card Game

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Perhaps there is no typical path for a Geoff Lawton PDC graduate, please note his new web address –, but it is fair to say that one feels strangely empowered after graduation. For me, the first move was to establish a Permaculture meet-up group in southern New England ( and to create an “edible landscape” garden with my son’s lower elementary Montessori classroom. The teachers in my son’s first-through-third-grade […]

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Making a Difference Thanks to the Internet

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I think it was in April last year; a post caught my eye on the Facebook page set up by Geoff for his alumni. A Kenyan farmer was reaching out to us, asking for information and help. He and the 35 farmers in his association had determined that Permaculture was the only way they could bring their land and acidified soils back from chemical fertilizer chaos and put food on […]

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Tropical Orchard Establishment Practices and Concepts: Part 2 of 3

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I’m building an agroforest. An orchard of tropical fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, tubers and vines. And this is how it is happening. This article continues the examination of the tropical orchard establishment patterns and techniques practiced at Rancho Mastatal Sustainability Education Center in Costa Rica. Part 1, found here, examined the goals of our site, the alley cropping layout pattern, and how we manage water. Part 2, below, […]

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Unseasonable Heat: The Unusual Weather of Our Times and Ideas for How We Can Work With It

Fruit Tree in January, UK. Photo by Charlotte Haworth feat

As the light begins to come back into the days of the Northern Hemisphere and springtime comes closer, now is traditionally the time to be planting seeds, ready for the proliferation of life and colour which the new season will bring. However, this year the season seems to have come early – so early that in many countries, from Spain (1) to the USA (2), flowers which should normally arrive […]

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