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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 most of the work. For suburban couple Les and Annette... more
 
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. The harsh living conditions and arid land means these people only eat 11 meals a month. With the help and partnership of the ethical cosmetics company LUSH and their charitable arm the SLUSH fund, PRI-Kenya, in partnership with Laikipia... more
 
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 categorized either as pests, vermin or game. As far as mammals... more
 
Tom Algie |
Friday, 8th January 2016
We only have one life and I am glad I did a Permaculture course during mine. Permaculture is brilliant and I really do believe that Permaculture or something very similar will provide the basis for our society on this planet. There are lots of positive things about Permaculture. There is a great magazine, loads of interesting people, books,... more
 
Paul Alfrey |
Tuesday, 5th January 2016
If I were to tell you of an apocalypse proof asset that is 100% guaranteed to increase in value, both in the short (3yrs) and long term (300yrs), will contribute to your good health, provides aesthetic pleasure to your surroundings, has the potential to replicate itself exponentially and has parts that can be dipped into smooth melted dark... more
 
David Pritchett |
Monday, 4th January 2016
“I am a settler in this land, too,” Randy says. We are sitting in a talking circle on the back porch of the farmhouse of Edith and Randy Woodley. This is the beginning of a day-long workshop on forest gardening at the Woodley’s 4-acre homestead. Before I taught about forest garden theory and practice, Randy insisted that we first talk about how we... more
 
Michael Mehaffy |
Saturday, 2nd January 2016
Christopher Alexander is famous for his book on architecture, A Pattern Language. What is not so well known is that Alexander has spent at least as much of his life in building as in writing, and he and his colleagues have produced some 300 buildings as well as gardens, neighborhoods and rural landscapes. Alexander’s career now spans over half a... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 23rd December 2015
I have long been a composter and a hot composter at that but I haven’t ever had a slow rot bin. These serve a very useful function. They are filled with leaves, plant matter and prunings that would take too long to rot down in a conventional composting system. No more intact sticks mixed in finished compost! They also save hours of chipping. I had... more
 
Jon Middleton |
Wednesday, 23rd December 2015
There was a time when being literate was a mark of your social standing. The vast majority of people couldn’t read or write. Not one word. Words were all around them and yet they had no way of unravelling their mystery. Now pretty much everyone can read and write, but whilst educational and government bodies have focused on this area another form... more
 
Stephanie Hafferty |
Wednesday, 23rd December 2015
Working in the polytunnel on a grey, dismal December day as the rain fell steadily outside, offers the advantages of fresh air and and gardening without having to wear wellies and waterproofs. December has been very mild here in Somerset so weeds are still germinating in the tunnel and hungry slugs are munching on some of my plants. There are even... more
 

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