Retrofitting a Small Town

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For the last four years, I have been dreaming of retrofitting a small town with a group of like-minded individuals with a diverse set of skills. I talk a lot about this in my courses, and it always gets a group of people charged up. It seems as though there are a lot of people… Read more »

Transition Towns – Organizing For Resilience (video)

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Rob Hopkins, instigator of the Transition Towns movement, is on tour in the U.S. This video is a 90 minute presentation that was given in Oakland, California, on October 10th, 2013. If you’re U.S.-based, and want to get involved in helping to start a Transiation Town, head here to find out more. There’s no time… Read more »

The Planet Fund – Update

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The Planet Fund: Crowdfunding the restoration of environment and communities. It’s been an extremely exciting month since the launch of The Planet Fund. Registrations and contact from projects all over the world are coming in and showing interest – but moreso, hope and inspiration.

Fridays at the Farm (video)

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Feeling disconnected from their food, a filmmaker and his family decide to join a local community supported organic farm. As he photographs the growing process, the filmmaker moves from passive observer to active participant in the planting and harvesting of vegetables. Compiled entirely from nearly 20,000 still images, this personal essay is a father’s meditation… Read more »

The Miracle Water Village – Water Harvesting in India (video)

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As the world reels under the threat of unrelenting climate change, erratic monsoons and fast depleting groundwater reserves, The Miracle Water Village narrates the inspirational story of impoverished farming community in India that reversed its fortunes through its visionary model of water management. Lying in one of the worst drought-prone regions of India, the village… Read more »

Regaining Sustainable Agriculture Practices in the Amazon (Peru)

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by William Park, Acaté Amazon Conservation View of fish pond on Matsés land with small farm on hillside The Matsés indigenous people are master farmers, and it seems strange to even suggest farming ideas to people who live almost entirely off the land. The problem is that their traditional small-scale swidden (slash-and-burn) approaches to farming,… Read more »

Re-enchant the Seed!

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Why Seed Saving and Exchange is Essential Permaculture & Community Practice — a How-To with Red Semillas Libres Chile. by Crystal Allene Cook Poster for the Red Semillas Libres Chile Seed Exchange Like many permaculturalists I work another job and this fall mine happened to take me to Valdivia in the Patagonian region of Chile…. Read more »

Kiwi Web App Paves Way for Everyday Democracy

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A Collaborative Decision-Making Tool Editor’s Note: I believe many permaculturists will find this new collaborative decision-making tool of extreme value. Please watch the short, easy-to-understand intro video at top, and learn more about the reasons for its creation via the TEDx video at bottom. Thanks to all involved in creating Loomio! This simple software will… Read more »

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 »

India’s Foundation for Ecological Security Awarded Land for Life Award

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India’s Foundation for Ecological Security is currently in the process of restoring over half a million acres of common land in small scale farming communities across the country. The video above, from our friends John D. Liu and his team at the EEMPC, will give you an excellent look at the work of the foundation… Read more »

Chalback Reg-Op Lesotho

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Chalback Reg-Op Lesotho is the story about a sustainable farming system suitable for Lesotho and other similar regions of southern Africa. Chalback Reg-Op was the name of the donkey which J. J Machobane and his wife depended on to power the Machobane farming system in Lesotho. Chalback Reg-Op translated from the Sesotho as hardworking and… Read more »

An Open Source Community Model to Save Seeds – a WordPress Seedbank Plugin

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Recently, the seed saving movement has regained popularity as part of the growing backlash against the corporatization of the food supply and genetically engineered crops, also known as GMOs. Seed banks, libraries and swaps are springing up across the globe as individuals and communities reclaim access to local, open pollinated sources of seed. For many,… Read more »