Articles

Wade Muggleton |
Thursday, 22nd September 2016
One of the features of permaculture gardening is that we inevitably experiment with a vast range of crops and my own mantra has always been that ‘Diversity Rules’; the wider the range of species and varieties the more we spread the risk. In any one year some crops will have a good year while others will not. Thus grow a wide enough range and you... more
 
Alice Griffin |
Wednesday, 21st September 2016
For the last couple of years, my family and I have been living a life divided between our smallholding in the Sao Mamede Natural Park, Portugal, and a narrowboat in the UK. The reasons for continuing the two and not making the leap to Portugal full-time have been varied, but a main one is because we have not yet found a viable way to support... more
 
Jon Kean |
Thursday, 15th September 2016
Our plot is at 304m (1000ft) and we generally have decent rainfall throughout the year. We have about 2 hectares (6 acres), roughly half grass and half trees. We moved here in 1999 and started a forest garden without much research, and planted apple, pear, plum, blackcurrant, raspberry, strawberry, honey berry, goji berry (has anybody ever got a... more
 
Margaret O'Keeffe |
Tuesday, 13th September 2016
I have walked in the semi-wilderness of Hampstead Heath in London for many years. One of the roads I use to enter the heath starts at the exit of a train station. In 2008 a large strip of wasteland leaned behind it looking down towards the tracks. It was filled with rubbish and featured a hideous slab of concrete with graffiti smack in the middle... more
 
Kipper |
Friday, 2nd September 2016
Anyone who has recently followed the development of the Ghana Permaculture Institute knows: the warm-up phase ended long ago, now the game is in full swing and first milestones have been reached. The finish line is in sight: establishing the first Ecovillage as the core of a West African Permaculture-Network. The Institute, moving surely and... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 2nd September 2016
A couple of years ago Tim and I visited author and activist, Mark Boyle, in the wilds of county Galway, Ireland. Called An Teach Saor, Gaelic for 'the free house', it is a permaculture and gift-based smallholding. He was mid-way through converting a disused piggery - built with breeze blocks and corrugated iron - to a natural building that would... more
 
Joan Bailey |
Friday, 26th August 2016
It’s hard to believe I’m in Kathmandu for many reasons, not the least of which is the place where I find myself: Sunrise Farm.  I’m weeding on the second of four terraces of their forest garden that runs up the hill to an elementary school. Overhead the trees – palmello, pear, apple, Nepali plum, avocado, mikan and mulberry – stretch grey trunks... more
 
Farm Africa |
Tuesday, 23rd August 2016
Around one third of Tanzania is forested and it is estimated that approximately 1% of that forest is lost annually to deforestation, with large swathes of woodland cleared daily for farming, livestock grazing, timber and firewood. In Tanzania’s Nou Forest, international development charity Farm Africa has been introducing economic incentives to... more
 
Joe Reid |
Wednesday, 17th August 2016
We were stuck in Istanbul. The Arab Spring had truly sprung, Syria was in turmoil and all ferries to Egypt were cancelled, barring our route south. That was the end of our Camden to Cape Town charity cycle adventure, it was time to wave goodbye to the dreams of hippos, lions and African savannas. But all was not lost. We’d organised a Lands End to... more
 
Emily McCoy |
Friday, 12th August 2016
The health of soil, plant, animal and man is one and indivisible. Lady Eve Balfour, a founder and first president of the Soil Association1 95-99% of our food comes from the soil,2 yet globally we seem to have lost touch with this vital resource. Experts have estimated that we only have 100 harvests left. Permaculture seeks to maintain the balance... more
 

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