Update on Progress on the Permaculture in Konso Schools Project and Our Last PDC at Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge, Konso, Ethiopia

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An international student simultaneously gains permaculture knowledge and experience, whilst supporting much-needed permaculture aid work and project establishment — aka: The Permaculture Master Plan. The latest PDC at Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge was a good step forward for us, as we managed to combine and integrate several objectives and deliver satisfactory results on all of… Read more »

12th Annual Pan-Hellenic Festival for the Exchange of Local Seed Varieties

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If you’re in Europe this April, consider a trip to the Peliti Seedbank in Mesochori, Greece. On April 21st – 23rd Peliti will be hosting the 12th Pan-Hellenic Festival for the Exchange of Local Seed Varieties. This annual festival, organized by Peliti (www.peliti.gr) since 1999, includes farmers, activists, researchers, students and thousands of visitors from… Read more »

Worldwide Permaculture Network Helps Projects Network and Prosper

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Get yourself (and your project) onto the permaculture map! I just wanted to share one of many expressions of gratitude we’ve received for our building and making the Worldwide Permaculture Network, launched a year ago, available to the world’s permaculturists. Dear Geoff and team, I am writing to advise you about an ambitious new permaculture… Read more »

White House Event to Be Live Streamed – Watch Permaculture on the U.S. National Stage!

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Hi All. We’re heading to Washington, DC in less than 48 hours and just found out the following: The White House Campus Champions of Change event will be live streamed on Thursday, March 15 from 2:50pm — 4:20pm (EST)! This means anyone can watch permaculture being talked about at The White House by tuning in… Read more »

The Konohana Family Farm – Successful Sustainable Living in Japan

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This micro-documentary about the Konohana Family Farm will take you to the heart of a successful intentional community flourishing about three hours from Tokyo. Their farm was established on the foothills of Mount Fuji, about 18 years ago, by a handful of people who sought an alternative lifestyle. They knew almost nothing about sustainable living… Read more »

Surveying Commons Activism on the International Stage

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The following is an adaptation of my notes for my talk at the Occupy Wall Street “Making Worlds” conference on February 16-18, 2012. I am so pleased that the Occupy and Commons movements are finding each other and starting a new conversation. Occupy is an incredible force for change. It has a bracing vision, a… Read more »

Time for a FRESH Start

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Editor’s Note: For background on the FRESH project ("the world’s wildest supermarket"), please see this previous post. From: Sepp Holzer’s Permakultur, Leopold Stocker Verlag, 2008 Danish food revolutionaries take matters into their own hands in order to do what needs to be done — without funding, permits and other bureaucratic fumblings. In this article, I… 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 »

Sail Power Reborn – Transporting Local Goods by Boat

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Peak Moment host Janaia Donaldson joins Fulvio Casali, Kathy Pelish and Alex Tokar, co-founders of the Salish Sea Trading Cooperative, on the deck of the sailboat Soliton, docked in Ballard, near Seattle, Washington. The Salish Sea Trading Cooperative have teamed up with Nash’s organic produce in Sequim, where twice a month they arrive by sailboat,… Read more »

Permaculture Resiliency Project with the San Bushmen in the Kalahari Vergenoeg, Namibia

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In a land of contrast, mystery and years of imperialism, a small village of over 300 people on the edge of the Kalahari in Namibia germinated a new permaculture resiliency project in January of 2012. In talking with the headman of the village, he shared that their people, the San Bushmen, have lived in harmony… Read more »