Urban Permaculture Homestead Watch: Showcasing Current Initiatives in the City and Suburbs

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by Mo Lohre and Will Redwine Interested in what random homesteaders and permaculture homes are up to? We are too. So we’re visiting them and sharing their inspiration with you. We are going to begin the Urban Homestead Watch series with the Ujima Center in Portland, Oregon. This is the permaculture home we were involved… Read more »

Common Vision’s Fruit Tree Tour – Come Plant Fruit Orchards in Public Schools! (13-29 Sept., 2013, California, USA)

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Common Vision implements innovative strategies in sustainability with diverse communities and schools throughout California. Focusing on fruit trees, local agriculture, renewable energy, and community engagement, Common Vision uses inspirational education to create a healthier and more just society. Common Vision’s Emmy Award-winning Fruit Tree Tour, now in its 10th year, has inspired and empowered more… Read more »

One Desert City Turns Stormwater into an Abundant Oasis using Green Infrastructure Practices

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At 7:30 Sunday morning, April 21, 2013, people began to gather on a barren lot in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The temperature was already climbing into the 80s and the lot’s bare dirt reflected both heat and light, making lingering uncomfortable. By 8:00 AM, more than 30 neighborhood volunteers, Youth Hostel guests, Green Living Co-op members,… Read more »

Dozens of U.S. Cities Board the Bike-Sharing Bandwagon

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by Janet Larson, Earth Policy Institute When New York City opened registration for its much anticipated public bike-sharing program on April 15, 2013, more than 5,000 people signed up within 30 hours. Eager for access to a fleet of thousands of bicycles, they became Citi Bike members weeks before bikes were expected to be available…. Read more »

Naming Convention for Permaculture Research Institute Master Plan Sites

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As we look around our planet we should need no further evidence of the urgency with which we should dedicate ourselves to establishing and demonstrating sustainable systems for human settlement. We especially should need no further evidence as permaculturists. With this in mind and with the intention of facilitating the rapid establishment of more educational,… Read more »

The “Long Emergency”, Permaculture, and Towns that Food Saved

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by Andrew Willner We live in dangerous times, when economic collapse, climate chaos, and peak oil threaten the foundations of society, abundance, and all we hold dear. “Business as usual” will no longer suffice, because that way leads to certain pain, peril and impoverishment. Unspeakable acts of violence like the slaughter at the Sandy Hook… Read more »

Greening the Desert (the ‘Sequel’ Site) Project – Spring 2013 Photo Update (Jordan)

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It’s spring time for the Jordan Valley Permaculture Project (aka "Greening the Desert – the Sequel"), the lowest place on earth (400 metres below sea level) and one of the hottest and driest, and our trees and gardens are full of produce. During the internship that was held at the project in November 2012 the… Read more »