Perennial Vegetables and The Other Reasons You Should Consider Them for Your Garden

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Luckily for me, my mother was the sort who insisted that I taste something before deciding I didn’t like it. The habit has served me well in later life. As a traveler, I’ve been able to shift my palate from one country’s cuisine to the next, enjoying whatever ingredients seem common to the local fare. As a vegan, those versatile taste buds have kept the doors open to many more […]

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Time to Plant the Garlic

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Autumn Equinox has come and gone in the southern hemisphere and this is the signal to plant the garlic. We had harvested and stored our garlic from last season so it was time to sort through it all and start planting it out. We like to grow Russian garlic as it is great to use because of its size and it seems to grow well enough in our climate and […]

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DIY Aquaponic PVC Garden

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Do you like fish? How about gardening? If you said yes to both of these questions, you’ll definitely love this project! The Aquaponic PVC Garden is powered by water pumps that push water up from a fish tank, up a higher pipe where the plants are, and lets gravity do its work by letting the water drip back into the same fish tank. If you do not know what aquaponics […]

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Nicholas Burtner – Beautifying Urban Spaces With Reclaimed Materials

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Nicholas Burtner visits Elijah Santoyo in a suburb or Los Angeles and gets rocked by some amazing implementation of urban design. You will definitely want to know how to get that natural patina stone look using urbanite, which we affectionately dub “Urbanite on Steroids”. Elijah explains it in this video. For more great information, please visit Nicholas at, About Nicholas Nicholas is an established permaculture designer, consultant, practitioner, advocate, […]

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Fracking, Good Design, and Monsanto’s Dilemma

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Bernie vs. Hillary on the harms of fracking, and Stanford researchers show its impact on drinking water. What to do? Tom Kendall, one of my students who recently returned from teaching a PDC in Jordan, shows that biogas at the surface removes the need for fracking, and is a de-centralized energy source in this 4-part video series.

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From Finance to Farmer – Incredible Permaculture Farm Created in Just 3 Years!

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Andrew Martin once worked in the finance industry, but after leaving that life, he and his wife Beth moved to New Zealand and developed an amazing permaculture property in just 3 years!

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Tropical Orchard Establishment Practices and Concepts: Part 3 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 is the final piece on the tropical orchard establishment patterns we use at Rancho Mastatal Sustainability Education Center in Costa Rica. Part 1, found here, looked in depth at our site goals, layout patterns, and water management. Part 2 continued this succession of thought into […]

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Geoff Lawton – What is Permaculture

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In these video’s, Courtesy of the PRIs’ own Youtube Channel, the Permaculture Research Institutes own Geoff Lawton gives you a brief overview of what Permaculture is.

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Jordan Recap

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Well I have returned from Jordan not entirely fit and well. I managed to get a touch of the flu during the two weeks but still managed to facilitate the course. It was a great experience to go to Jordan and spend time on a site that is around 350 meters below sea level. Man what a place . The soil is just very degraded highly alkaline dirt that doesn’t […]

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Why It’s Better to Use the Slow Approach to Charitable Permaculture Projects

An abundant expanse of food—flax, chia, beans, corn, quinoa, mustard, etc.—growing at Project Somos in Guatemala. It feeds at-risk families every day.

I began working with international nonprofits about eight years ago, first as an English teacher in Palestine and Guatemala. Having elected to retire early (at about 35) from the teaching game, I’m now regularly approached by organizations interested in including permaculture projects in their game plan. For me, this switch has been very exciting. I am able to continue to work towards a better future for and with others, while […]

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Empowering Women in Cambodia through Sustainable Rice Farming

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Reduction of poverty, malnutrition and other social ills could be achieved by higher yields with reducing production. Rice paddies account for more than 80 percent of cultivated land in Cambodia and large parts of this land is managed by women. According to Voice of America, an undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Cambodia, Mom Thany, recently stated the importance of women’s role in the […]

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Magic in the Garden: Five Plants with Medicinal Properties

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Recently, when visiting family at my grandmother’s home on the old country road where I grew up, my son was outside playing with my brother in law near the garden. He pointed out to his uncle a small scratch that he had obtained while playing on the playground at school. My son later told me that his uncle had showed him a very neat plant, and had broken off a […]

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