Articles

Ros Bedlow |
Friday, 1st July 2016
It was during the summer of 2012 that a group of people discovered they had, separately, been mulling over the idea of developing a course that would bring together permaculture and Transition. Such a course would: a) Introduce people involved in Transition Towns to Permaculture b) Explore ways of applying Permaculture ethics, principles and... more
 
Sunset Desert Technology |
Tuesday, 28th June 2016
In a forgotten corner of southern Spain, somewhere between Almeria's miles of industrial greenhouses and the Wild West film sets of Europe's only desert, lies a stunning oasis – and in it a curious experiment in communal living and learning. Thirty years ago, Sunseed Desert Technology emerged out of the vision of a group of friends and colleagues... more
 
Doug King-Smith |
Friday, 24th June 2016
It's not always a smooth run when setting something up which challenges the preconceptions of our time, or status-quo of our local community. Down in Devon there has been mixed news in the permaculture world, some positive, and others as yet uncertain. Steward Community Woodland is currently awaiting a decision from the Planning Inspectorate... more
 
May East |
Wednesday, 22nd June 2016
The Mediterranean island of Sicily has always been a crossroads of cultures and agriculture, a legacy that today is manifested in the richness and diversity of a unique food production and gastronomic heritage. In ancient times, the vine and the olive tree of Sicily were the most important crops. Then under the influence of Rome, Sicily became the... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Monday, 20th June 2016
Last night I had a dream. I was flying over a landscape and as I looked down I saw a lake. I could see the shoreline with beaches and inlets. There, at every place where the slope up from the water to dry land was gentle and sandy, a huge fish as long as my body was emerging. I wanted to look more closely at these large muscular creatures. As I... more
 
Paul Alfrey |
Friday, 3rd June 2016
We're extending the Polyculture Project to include experimental perennial polycultures on various plots of our newly acquired land. Our aim is to develop models that are low cost to establish and maintain, can produce healthy affordable nutritious food and will enhance biodiversity. We've been looking into fencing our plots, and how to meet... more
 
John D Liu |
Friday, 20th May 2016
Reading the reviews of the Paris Climate Accord I get seriously mixed feelings. While this is a triumph in gathering humans together to talk, discuss and write about climate change ... this is an Abiotic Political Process. The meeting itself with people flying in from all over the world, a huge expenditure of energy for all the venues, hotels, the... more
 
Rozie Apps |
Wednesday, 11th May 2016
With the increase in small-scale farming comes the need for suitable equipment. For many starting out on small plots, the tractors, harvesters, machinery and other farm equipment that may be needed are expensive and often too big for the job in hand. Traditionally, when farms were still small and family based, 'slow tools' were in abundance, but... more
 
Victoria Balfour |
Wednesday, 4th May 2016
Many Permaculture readers will be all too familiar with the difficulties of accessing affordable land for ecological farming. In Europe, 11 hectares (27 acres) of soil are sealed under the concrete of expanding cities every hour meaning competition for land, along with speculative land buying, is pushing the cost of land up exponentially. In 2002... more
 
Lily Rose Sequoia |
Tuesday, 3rd May 2016
A storyteller once told me that we are all born with a ‘Wild Twin’, a magnificent, unencumbered soul, who rode into the world on the back of a feral goat, gripping at its horns with one hand, and the other raised to the sky. The story tells us that she was thrown out of the window on the day you were born, and that we will spend the rest of our... more
 

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