Permaculture in Palestine – a Green Revolution

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by Melissa Andrews Olive trees stand the test of time in Palestine All images © Christopher List Photography It was a brisk, rather harried morning when my husband, photographer Christopher List, and I set off on a trip to delve deeper into the relatively unheard of phenomenon of permaculture. It felt like only yesterday when… Read more »

GMOs: It’s People vs Power on Proposition 37

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by Richard Widows I don’t think I could provide anyone with a better example of the madness and hypocrisy that plagues the Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) debate, than what is currently happening in California around the campaign to label GMO – or Proposition 37.  What is Proposition 37? This year, over 1 Million Californians signed… Read more »

Manifestos of the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture

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by Navdanya International The Manifesto on the Future of Seeds outlines ways and means to strengthen and accelerate the movement toward sustainable agriculture, food sovereignty, biodiversity and agricultural diversity and help defend the rights of farmers to save, share, use and improve seeds, as well as to enhance our collective capacity to adapt to the… Read more »

Report on Implementation Activities in Konso Secondary and Jarso Primary Schools in July 2012 (Ethiopia)

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In May 2012 we ran a PDC at Strawberry Fields Eco-Lodge on which we trained four local teachers, along with other participants, two from each of two local schools in Konso, South Ethiopia, where we are based. The selected teachers from the two schools, Konso Secondary and Jarso Primary, are science teachers responsible for the… Read more »

Beaufort Blokes Community Garden

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A 16-plot, all abilities access, community garden built by the Beaufort Blokes group in Victoria, Australia. by Carolyn Payne Beaufort Blokes is a community group supported by the local health department. They meet twice a month — one week they have lunch and play cards and board games, the other week they take a bus… Read more »

The Man Who Stopped the Desert: What Yacouba did next…

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Those who watched The Man Who Stopped the Desert (trailer here), will want to follow up with this short video — What Yacouba did next…. Yacouba Sawadogo has learnt something we all need to realise — that we can be a positive element on this planet, through observation and working with natural systems. The methods… Read more »

Permaculture: ‘A Rhymer’s Manual’

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From earthworms to "earworms" (songs that just won’t get out of your head), Charlie Jones is taking pattern learning a step further towards a dynamic, brave new approach to communicating and teaching concepts of permaculture with the creation of ‘Permaculture: A Rhymer’s Manual’.

The REAL Green Revolution In Africa: Permaculture in Zimbabwe With Julious Piti

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by Sustainable World Radio Julious Piti is a Permaculture designer and teacher, organic farmer, and conflict facilitator based in Zimbabwe. Julious has been using permaculture in Africa to restore the health of both land and community. A founding member of the Chikukwa Ecological Land Trust (CELUCT) and now the Director of PORET (Participatory Organic Research… Read more »

Creating Change in Communities and NGOs in Tanzania

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During June this year Tanzania hosted its second ever permaculture design course. Twenty-eight participants from around the globe gathered in the bustling northern town of Arusha for 11 wonderful days of learning and sharing. The Australian based non-government organization (NGO) FoodWaterShelter (FWS) initiated the organization of the PDC, motivated by their desire to see permaculture… Read more »

Nepal – An Opportunity for Regeneration

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The Annapurna Range from the beautiful Pokhara Valley, the future site of MVEF For two months in late 2010 I had the pleasure of volunteering with the Sustainable Agriculture Development Program of Nepal (SADP). Situated in an ‘off the beaten track’ valley of Central Nepal, the demonstration farm is surrounded by unreal beauty, including the… Read more »

Sinking the Lifeboats: Reflections on a Visit to Herbaiet A Nabi, South Hebron Hills

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It was on the second week of the PermaNegev course that I arranged a visit to the small village of Herbaiet a Nabi in the south Hebron Hills. We were going to inspect the renewable energy installations put in place there by the Israeli NGO Comet-ME (www.comet-me.org), and to gain a better understanding of the… Read more »

Six Week Intensive Permaculture Courses in the Negev

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We will be offering another Permaculture Course at the Bustan EcoKhan this summer. Sign up now to study permaculture in the Negev Desert! Intensive Permaculture, Arabic and Middle Eastern program at the Bedouin village of Qasr A-Sir. The 6-week intensive permaculture course allows participants to work closely with the indigenous Bedouin community of Qasr A-Sir… Read more »