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 »

Permaculture is Weaving Magic! (Maharashtra, India)

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by Jyoti Deshpande, Chaitraban It has been almost three years, and, as Toby Hemenway says, the magic is happening! The trees are yielding shiny tasty food, the variety of weeds on the land is slowly reducing, the soil is a darker colour now and there are tons and tons of predatory insects patrolling the site.

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 »

Report on Permaculture Training in Dembe Dollo, Western Ethiopia (Part 3)

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This is part three of a report on a community training program we ran in Dembe Dolo, Wolega, Eastern Ethiopia back in June, 2013. If you didn’t catch the last installments you can read them here: Part 1, Part 2. If you recall we started the training program off with introductions from the group and… Read more »

Permaculture Education in Poverty-Stricken South Africa

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Home gardeners are supported by Rocklands Urban Abundance Centre We are SEED, a 12 year old non-profit and Public Benefits Organisation that has been pioneering the growing of outdoor classrooms in under-resourced schools across South Africa. Learn more about our work via this video. Through the important work of connecting children to the ecosystems that… Read more »

The Chikukwa Permaculture Project (Zimbabwe) – The Full Story

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So we were saying, now what are we going to do? So we worked very hard. – Jessica Chibharo Introduction In ten years of field trips and working with students on food security and sustainable agriculture projects in South and South Eastern Africa, the project of the Chikukwa villages in Zimbabwe is the most successful… Read more »

Supporting the Spread of Zimbabwe Permaculture

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In February 2012 we ran a story here at PRI about a film being made about a fantastic permaculture project in Zimbabwe. It was about a community called Chikukwa where permaculture has naturalized itself and over 22 years has moved a community of 7000 people from hunger and malnutrition to abundance. In a recent article… Read more »

Fernglade Farm – Winter 2013 Update (Australia)

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The rains turned up here in Victoria, Australia, in April and then kept on pouring. So far this year has seen almost no rain over summer and then about 600mm (2 foot) since about the middle of Autumn. In addition to that, winter maximum temperatures have set new records (which date back to the 1860s)…. Read more »

Permaculture in Lesotho

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The PRI editor has been encouraging me to give a little more background info on my work on the ground here, so you can all better understand the situation I’m working in. Here’s a short attempt to do so. I have been living in Lesotho for two years, as a volunteer with Australian Volunteers International… Read more »

Report on Permaculture Training in Dembe Dollo, Western Ethiopia (Part 1)

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It was the beginning of June this year and we were off on another exciting permaculture adventure in Ethiopia. This time we would be heading into the west. I was contacted last year by Gemma Pilcher, an Australian lady who supports a small food security project run by some Catholic nuns from Daughters of Charity,… Read more »