Life is Simple When You Live Simply

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My husband Tom and I live with my 11 year old son in a small Queenslander on Australia’s Sunshine Coast. Our property is 34 acres, which we have converted to a permaculture demonstration site. We now run permaculture and self-reliance courses on the property. Geese and chickens in the resource paddock, and goats on dam… Read more »

72-Hour Permaculture Design Certificate Course: Permaculture for the Rural African Environment, Konso, Ethiopia

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This 13-day practical and demonstrative PDC will take place in Konso, south Ethiopia, from September 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 from Strawberry Fields’ own model permaculture site and… Read more »

My Permaculture Internship at the PRI’s Zaytuna Farm

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Can the human race build an environmentally sustainable culture? Can we disprove the myth that humans are inherently destructive? Here at The Permaculture Research Institute of Australia, myself and 18 others are a part of an intensive internship in an attempt to answer these big, big questions. We have asked ourselves, "If not now, when?… Read more »

PRI Networking, the Value of Collaboration, and the Development of More PRI Education/Demonstration Projects

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Do we segregate…? Photos © Craig Mackintosh Most of us are by now wholly cognizant of the fact that the global response to long-brewing trouble has been well short of timely or appropriate. The world as a whole, if I were to be brutally honest, is taking three steps backwards for every few inches it… Read more »

Geoff Lawton’s Zaytuna Farm Video Tour (Apr/May 2012) – Ten Years of (R)Evolutionary Design

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Paradise Dam, April 2012, from the now-climaxing food forest Photos © Craig Mackintosh (unless otherwise indicated) Zaytuna Farm Video Tour, duration 41 minutes Note: Switch YouTube player to HD if your internet connection allows Having spent the last few years seeking to establish and assist projects worldwide, and hearing some readers requesting more info on… Read more »

International Permaculture (May)Day

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Terania Creek, next to PRI Australia’s Zaytuna Farm Photos © Craig Mackintosh The inaugural International Permaculture Day — today — appropriately falls on the first Sunday of May, often known as ‘Mayday’. Permaculture, and its appropriate and holistic design science, is a powerful response to the world’s distress signals. Thankfully, more and more are coming… Read more »

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 »

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 »

UMass Permaculture Wins White House Campus Champions of Change Challenge!

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We did it everyone! It is now official. The UMass Permaculture team will be heading to the White House on March 15! This has been an amazing and inspiring week to see the voting results unfold and be in the center of it all. I can’t thank everyone enough for the support you’ve provided us… Read more »