Constructed Wetlands Treat Waste Water with Weeds

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Overview Effluent processing all over the world requires large amounts of energy and/or chemicals to treat the waste water, or the waste water is improperly filtered before being returned to the environment. There are a number of solutions to lessen the waste water load while at the same time producing a net benefit. Systems that… Read more »

Establishing a Permaculture Project in Southern Portugal

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Having been a self-sufficient farmer in the Northern Isles of Scotland and having worked for ecological charities that have helped to build permaculture gardens in arid lands around the world, I have now been living in Southern Portugal for the past fifteen years. Here we have witnessed the weather become more and more erratic and… Read more »

Suburban Permaculture with Janet Barocco and Richard Heinberg

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Richard Heinberg not only talks the talk, but also walks the walk, as we get to see in the video at bottom. Peak Moment host, Janaia Donaldson, visits Heinberg and his partner Janet Barocco in their own venture in sustainable living in suburban Santa Rosa, California. When they bought the place in 2001 it was… Read more »

Visiting an Urban Permaculture Installation, Five Months On (Video)

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by Dan Palmer, Very Edible Gardens Two days ago Dan and Will returned to a large VEG permaculture design and implementation project that was completed about five months ago. Via the videos below, take a virtual walk about the front and back yards — warts, ducks, giant silver beet, gorgeous connected multidimensional abundance and all!… Read more »

A Permaculture Farm in Wales – Zoning 101 (Videos)

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If you are new to permaculture, these three videos provide a delightful living introduction to the topic. As Angie takes you through the different zones on her farm in Wales, UK, you can try to spot how many concepts are integrated into her enthusiastic, holistic descriptions of how permaculture works. Permaculture is not Organic Farming… Read more »

An Innovative Approach to Water Storage at a Sustainable Tanzanian Home

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Just outside of Arusha, Tanzania, is ‘Kesho Leo’– a sustainable home for vulnerable women and children operated by FoodWaterShelter. The principles of permaculture underpin the daily lives of the Kesho Leo residents. It is currently the home of seven families, each headed by a Tanzanian mama who cares for up to five children, including orphans…. Read more »

Re-imagining Urban Design and City Life

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by David Bollier I have been asked to address what the commons might have to say about urban spaces and urban life. The short answer is, a lot! First, the language of the commons helps us assert a moral entitlement to public spaces again. It lets us challenge the unholy alliance of politicians, developers and… Read more »

3CR ‘Food Fight’ Show Excerpts Evan Young on Omnivorous Diet

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Zaytuna Farm – Photo © Craig Mackintosh In the middle of Winter 2011, Trades Hall in Melbourne hosted a debate between the environmental impacts of an omnivorous diet vs. a vegetarian diet. Evan Young, Permaculture Consultant and former Intern and Staff Member of PRI Australia argued in favour of an omnivorous diet, citing many examples… Read more »

Innovative New Irrigation System Could Help Solve Problems for Isolated Communities

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Measured irrigation at Prospect Community Garden In developed nations, at least in the cities and most towns, we take it for granted that when we turn on a tap, water will flow…. When we flip a switch, electricity springs to our command. However this is not the reality for many communities around the world, where… Read more »

Stabilizing the Climate with “Permanent Agriculture”

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Trees are one of our most powerful tools to pull carbon from the atmosphere and sequester it in the soil for long-term storage. This is why reforestation and protecting intact forests are such important parts of plans to address climate change. Conventional climate change science tells us that the planet’s capacity for reforestation is limited,… Read more »

A Forest of Food in the Center of Seattle

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Click for larger view In the Beacon Hill community of Seattle a revolutionary community garden is being developed to feed her people. The Beacon Food Forest is transforming a previously unused piece of public land into a vibrant food forest filled with hundreds of different varieties of edible plants, fruits and nuts. The seven acre… Read more »