Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course: Permaculture for the Rural African Environment (December 2012, Konso, Ethiopia)

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This 13-day practical and demonstrative PDC will take place in Konso, south Ethiopia, from December 10th – 22nd, 2012, at Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge. It will have a special focus on the application of permaculture to communities in the developing world. It will involve practical demonstrations both form Strawberry Fields’ own model permaculture site and… Read more »

Please Support Marda Permaculture Farm (West Bank, Palestine)

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Murad Alkufash Photo © Craig Mackintosh This is an urgent call for support of the Marda Permaculture Farm, which is in dire need of financial support to bring it beyond day-to-day survival into a thriving, ecologically and economically sustainable farm and training center. At this time, its finances are at an all-time low, and immediate… Read more »

Growing a Model Sustainable Campus – Help UMass Permaculture Documentary Part 3 of 3 Go Viral

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What does a model sustainable campus actually look like? A single action that sends a ripple effect into the world. And each day we throw thousands of stones into the vast sea around us. Many people I talk with are well aware that we live in a time of enormous global transformation. It may feel… Read more »

Permaculture at Rainbow Ridge, Mailisita, Tanzania

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The children having fun learning about how to care for the trees Greg Knibbs, from Edge 5 Permaculture, has been working with John O’Reilly from Committee Assist, Australia, since 2009 as a casual advisor on its Development Aid Project which started with the implementation at Rainbow Ridge, Mailisita, Tanzania. Greg was instrumental in introducing permaculture… Read more »

High-Tech Help for Amazonian Farmers

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by Rick Pickett, Eco-Ola In our three-years of experience in the Peruvian Amazon we’ve learned that equipment and techniques tried and proven elsewhere often don’t function well here. The combination of primitive infrastructure, intense heat, and high humidity wreaks havoc with equipment. Luckily for us, and the community of Mazán, we have Rick Pickett to… Read more »

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 »

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 »

Abundance in the Garden: the Backyard Grocery Store

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Our abundant garden: pineapple, leeks, spring onions, strawberry beds, greens, broccoli and numerous other edible plants visible in this picture. I love this time of year! Here on the Sunshine Coast, the sun shines brightly during the day, creating a wonderful 23 – 25 degrees C and then cooling down at night, which enables us… Read more »

Join the Permaculture Revolution

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Looking out over the lifeless brown quilt of drought-stricken Midwest corn monoculture from the window of a Boeing 747, it was immediately apparent to me that permaculture farming practices would have prevented this ecological catastrophe. The hottest summer on record in the United States combined with aggressive commercial farming practices has created the potential for… 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 »