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
Caroline Aitken |
Thursday, 28th April 2016
Most people interested in practicing permaculture are doing so in a domestic situation – a house or apartment with a garden. Permaculture works brilliantly on a small scale, so permaculture gardening methods are ideal for these situations. Here are some distinctive permaculture gardening methods to make your garden healthy, low-maintenance and... more
Ludwig Appeltans |
Thursday, 21st April 2016
At Earth Ways in north Scotland, we have designed and built a versatile polytunnel. To get maximum use from it, we have made one section of it completely frost-free, we harvest rainwater for irrigation, and we have equipped it to provide plants with enough light for year-round growing. Watering Rainwater is often the best and easiest source of... more
Rozie Apps |
Wednesday, 20th April 2016
Virtually everyone who uses the internet has used Google. It is the easiest way to search for what you want/need on the internet. But what if you could search online with the added benefit of regenerating landscapes and creating food and income for communities? Well you can. Ecosia, an alternative to Google, uses its search ad revenue to plant... more
Carol Nuttall and Janet Millington |
Wednesday, 20th April 2016
Teachers in schools throughout the country are choosing the food garden to foster children’s awareness of environmental issues. First, it moves children into a landscape that many children have forgone for an indoor life. Gardens are about plants and animals and the non-living elements of the landscape; the rocks, soil, water and energy –... more
Paulo Bessa |
Monday, 18th April 2016
The Arctic is the last frontier of food sustainability, where northern lights dance during nine months of icy winter, volcanoes stop aeroplanes and people believe in elves. This is my permaculture story in Iceland How I Got There During my first holiday to Iceland in 2009, I didn’t know that my life was about to change ... I loved the country so... more
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 12th April 2016
I first learned about Biological (bio) time, also called Phenonological time, during my PDC with Lea Harrison back in 1992. Biotime can be partly defined as events in the ‘natural calendar’ that can be used to guide planting times in the vegetable garden or on the farm. So long before the days of books or blogs a grower would carry the lore of his... more