Report on the Permaculture Design Course – Strawberry Fields Eco-Lodge (Ethiopia, September 2013)

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Introduction to the Permaculture Design Course Most of the group (mainly the foreigners) arrived at Strawberry Fields Eco-Lodge with the preconception that it was in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nothing but, what we call in Kenya, the Bundu (i.e. the wilderness). We were pleasantly surprised to find that the lodge is located just… Read more »

Your Future in Farming & Homesteading: FREE 3-Day Webcast Event! (Oct. 1-3, 2013)

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My wife, Michelle Avis, showing off her backyard bounty at our small urban lot in Calgary, Alberta. Do you want to make a big difference in the world growing food, working with nature, getting off the grid, heating your home… or even building your own home!? Check out this amazing, free online 3-day event on… Read more »

The Permaculture Design Process – An Example

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Dan Palmer Photo © Craig Mackintosh Some weeks ago Dan finished helping run a permaculture design course he has been developing for the PRI Kotare Village, NZ (Koanga Institute) at Kotare Ecovillage near Wairoa, New Zealand (read more about these projects here and here respectively). We had 24 participants and a key part of the… Read more »

Byron Bay Regrarian Open Consultancy (RAC) with Darren Doherty (NSW, Australia)

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A rare opportunity for those in the northern NSW area! Regrarian Open Consultancy (RAC) is a dynamic 2-day program designed to involve participants directly in the delivery of an integrated farm planning and development consultancy. Led by one of the world’s most renowned and experienced farm planners, Darren J. Doherty (AU), the RAC is all… Read more »

Workshop: Food Forests for Dry, High-Altitude, Cold Climates with Eric Toensmeier and Neil Bertrando (October 2013, Reno, NV, USA)

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Yellowhorn (Xanthoceras sorbifolia) is a nut crop for cold, arid climates. To register visit Urban Roots. Day One: Home Scale Saturday, October 5, 2013 9am -5pm Edible Forest Gardens Edible forest gardens are edible ecosystems that mimic the structure and function of natural forests, while producing food and other useful products. Trees, shrubs, vines, perennials… Read more »

It’s Not All About The Honey

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Internships at Zaytuna Farm under the the direction of Geoff Lawton are an excellent way to build up your knowledge of permaculture in practice. The internship is a 10-week program and included in that ten weeks are advanced permaculture skills classes such as Earthworks, How To Teach a PDC, Permaculture Aid, Urban Permaculture and the… Read more »

August 2013 Update for PRI Maungaraeeda, Sunshine Coast

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by Zaia Kendall The Earthworks course initiated the first week of August. As we were not undertaking a major Earthworks project on the property, everyone had a look at works already done on the property and a dam being dug elsewhere. Contour and surveying was taught and some practical experience had. The plants planted on… Read more »

The Atacama Desert, Chile: the Driest Desert on Earth – Five Reasons Why

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Atacama desert As a definition, a desert is a hot area of land that gets very little rain — not more than 200mm a year, where temperatures during the daytime can get as high as 55°C. At night, deserts cool down, sometimes even below 0°C. Most deserts lie between 15° and 35° north and south… Read more »

The Living Earth Festival (Mullumbimby, NSW, Australia)

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A seed to plant in the ground and the mind If there is going to be a revolution, it must be a revolution of consciousness, so the saying goes. Fortunately, these words are slowly becoming a realisation as many conscious communities across Australia and abroad come together to make a change. Among them, are the… Read more »