Articles

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Martin Hesp |
Tuesday, 9th February 2016

Beavers are common creatures in some countries, so you’d have thought someone somewhere would have done scientific studies to find out how their habitat-changing lifestyle – complete with river dams and deep channels – affects the water flows in a landscape. But no one has.

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Bill Mollison |
Thursday, 28th January 2016

I grew up in a small village in Tasmania. I was born in 1928, but my village might have existed in the 11th century. We didn't have any cars; everything that we needed we made. We made our own boots, our own metal works, we caught fish, grew food, made bread. I didn't know...

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Emily McCoy - Soil Association |
Tuesday, 26th January 2016

Sheep and trees may not be the most obvious combination in cider orchards, with most sheep being rather fond of eating apple trees, but a group of farmers in Herefordshire are seeing the benefits of combining the two.

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Steve Hanson |
Monday, 25th January 2016

Jean Pain, a Frenchman who has since passed away, did extensive research into what he called heat heaps. We are using his research to heat water for our outside showers used by our apprentices and students throughout their stays with us. This is about much more than taking the heat and using it...

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Permaculture Research Institute |
Friday, 22nd January 2016

Aquaponics is becoming an increasingly popular method of permaculture, probably because it can start with a backyard swimming pool. While creating an ecosystem on one’s own may seem like a daunting task to many, one of the most appealing aspects of aquaponics lies in the fact that nature can do...

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Sheena Shah - PRI Kenya |
Wednesday, 13th January 2016

Naatum is a permaculture camp in a remote and challenging area of Kenya. It has huge problems with soil erosion.

Domestic and wild species working in an ecosystem together. Photo Credit: @VillageFarmUK
Rebecca Hosking |
Monday, 11th January 2016

Within the permanent team of five at Village Farm we have two qualified ecologists and one zoologist so, as you can imagine, nature and wildlife are frequent topics of debate.

One particular night the conversation focused on how many of our native British mammals and wild birds are...

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Tom Algie |
Friday, 8th January 2016

We only have one life and I am glad I did a Permaculture course during mine.