Interview with Owen Hablutzel, PRI, by Willi Paul

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Photo © Craig Mackintosh Is there a global permaculture revolution rising now? The short answer is: Absolutely! The wide variety of serious and increasingly complex issues confronting people and ecosystems worldwide are leading folks to seek solutions they can apply right now. Today. An increasing number of the public are recognizing the urgency of addressing… Read more »

Cows and Plows: Transformation Solutions

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Though too often vilified, both ‘cows’ and ‘plows’ have proven to be among our most effective and available tools for restoring healthy ecological and eco-agricultural systems in our landscapes. Bucking the trend in conservation that has denounced these tools from early on was Aldo Leopold – perhaps best known for his influential Land Ethic from… Read more »

Planning for Permanence with Yeomans’ Keyline Scale

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The Keyline Contribution to Permaculture Without Percival Alfred (P.A.) Yeomans and his Keyline concepts Permaculture as we know it would not exist. Bill Mollison is quick to tip his hat toward this debt in the very first paragraph of Permaculture Two: Practical Design for Town and Country in Permanent Agriculture. Here, after making the claim… Read more »

Let the Water Do the Work: Induced Meandering, an Evolving Method for Restoring Incised Channels

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The volume reviewed below comes highly recommended for all Permaculturists working in or around any water channels, and particularly on the broad-acre. While the methods happen to apply most immediately in drylands, they will apply directly anywhere that erosion, down-cutting, rapid gully formation, and other forms of channel incision occur. Keep in mind that these… Read more »

Fun-tastic Permasphere, L.A. Arboretum PDC

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The Los Angeles Arboretum: is a unique 127 acre botanical garden and historical site jointly operated by the Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation and the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation and located in the city of Arcadia [just outside of Los Angeles]. Home to plant collections from all over the world, including many… Read more »

A Report on ZERI Training Course (Zero Emissions Research Initiative)

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December 3-5, 2009 Orella Ranch, CA Remember the Chicken? The ‘Permaculture Chicken’ is a classic example used by Bill Mollison and many subsequent Permaculture teachers to illustrate an extremely useful analysis technique for use when designing systems. In the case of the classic chicken example, this ‘element’ of the system – the chicken – is… Read more »

Soil Food Web Course with Dr. Elaine Ingham

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October 30 – November 1, 2009 Orella Ranch, Gaviota Coast, California. A wise person once said that soil is not only more complex than we know, it is more complex than we can ever know! The good news is humans have lately achieved a level of practically applicable knowledge and experience in soil biology to… Read more »