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Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 8th March 2016
In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other. That time is now.Wangari Maathai In September 2015 I attended my first International Permaculture Conference and Convergence. I have never... more
 
Business Insider |
Monday, 7th March 2016
The organic, curvilinear designs of an Avatar universe may be closer than we think. Indian agroecologist, Amlankusum and Paris-based Vincent Callebaut Architectures, have released plans for a vertical 'eco-neighborhood' called the Jaypee Green Sports City. The compound, which would theoretically be built outside of New Delhi, is named Hyperions... more
 
Paul Alfrey |
Thursday, 3rd March 2016
There's a plethora of info out there about comfrey but not much detail regarding establishing and managing a comfrey patch so I thought I would write an article to share my experience on this and how we grow comfrey as part of our fertility strategy in the market garden. Introduction to Comfrey   A member of the borage family, comfrey - Symphytum... more
 
Patrick Whitefield |
Saturday, 27th February 2016
Can permaculture feed the world? ... Well I would say ‘yes’ to that, wouldn’t I? But whether I’m right or wrong, one thing’s certain: conventional agriculture certainly can’t feed the world for much longer. It’s based on a one-way flow of non-renewable resources and it falls down both on the input side and the output side. The output includes soil... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 17th February 2016
This forest garden is planted on chalk. It can be very dry in summer and nutrients are leached away quickly during rainy seasons (whenever they might be these days). This means that we struggle to grow gages and quince never fruits. We also have to grow a lot of nutrients and then capture them in mulch under the trees. One method we use is to... more
 
Jessica Perlstein |
Monday, 15th February 2016
Jessica Perlstein is a visual arist living in San Francisco, USA. Her love of music and nature inspires her work. We spoke to Jessica to find out more about her inspirations and the 'Fifth Sacred Thing', her artwork used on the front cover of PM87. What is the inspiration behind your nature-influenced artwork? I had just graduated art school and... more
 
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. Which is why the experiment which has been running for five years in West... more
 
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 anybody who lived there who had one job, or anything that you could define... more
 
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. Permaculture readers will be well aware of the useful relationship of ‘double cropping’ apple trees and livestock. The field lab,... more
 
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 productively though. Our first try at this was done... more
 

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