Conservation International |
Friday, 18th March 2016
People often talk about 'saving the Earth'. This is a human arrogance because as destructive as our species is, we are not in control of our vast, mysterious, powerful Morther Earth. We barely understand her climate systems, her feedback mechanisms, even her power to regenerate without us. This...
Friday, 4th March 2016
Social Permaculture is helping to create a new level of understanding and application of the permaculture toolkit for the many students and teachers of this emerging field. We are looking at redesigning all levels of society from the hyper-local to the profoundly global. Here Starhawk, an Earth...
Big Dreams, Small Spaces |
Friday, 26th February 2016
Visit Maddy and Tim Harland's, founders of Permaculture magazine, 'stunning' forest garden featured on Monty Don's 'Big Dreams Small Spaces' on the BBC.This extract from the programme takes you around their multifunctional forest garden in Hampshire, with its beautiful wildflower meadow, no dig...
SmithsonianNMAI |
Monday, 15th February 2016
Every year in Peru, communities living either side of the Apurimac River Canyon, replace the Q'eswachaka bridge, which is made from woven grass. This bridge and its tradition has been in place since the time of the Inka, and it is their engineering techniques of woven grass that is used to create a...
Harry Rogers |
Thursday, 11th February 2016
Learn how to build your own pole lathe for turning wood. Harry Rogers shows you through the whole process of making a height-adjusting pole lathe, including all the meaurements. Further resources Mike Abbot has a chapter on how to make a pole lathe in his book, Living Wood: From Buying a Woodland...
The Thompsons |
Wednesday, 10th February 2016
Mira and Jeremy Thompson, along with two-year-old Carys, have created a beautiful, tiny home in an old school bus. Set beside a lake near Washington, the converted bus uses various space saving techniques to give the family of three a kitchen, toilet, shower, bedroom and living area, with plenty of...
Thomas H. Culhane |
Friday, 5th February 2016
Do you cook on wood or with gas or electricity? You don't have to! This film shows you how to make a simple biogas digester and produce biogas from kitchen scraps, other food waste, even animal manure. You can then store the gas in simple inflatable bags and connect them up to your stove. You might...
Eric Toensmeier |
Thursday, 4th February 2016
Eric Toensmeier gives his top tips for designing successful perennial polycultures - the building block of edible forest gardens. From support plants that fix nitrogen and aid with pest control to cooperating plants. Eric gives an example of a multi-layered polyculture, showing the sunny and shady...
AJ+ |
Wednesday, 27th January 2016
Eco-friendly transport built from local and sustainable material. The Ghana Bamboo Bike Initiative, based in Kumasi, build bicyles from locally grown bamboo. For every bamboo plant they use, they plant another 10. Founder Bernice Dapaah, wanted to create a product from local materials which led her...
University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry |
Thursday, 21st January 2016
Ignore the Dallas style music in the introduction, this is an excellent film about how to design multi-functional, biodiverse zones (riparian buffers) to prevent stream bank erosion and flooding whilst enhancing wildlife and diversifying crops. These zones can earn farmers and landowners money both...