Return of the Native (UK)

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Why are almost all the trees that councils plant exotic species? by George Monbiot The differences can be stark and remarkable: native trees tend to harbour far more wildlife than exotic species. Indigenous oak species, for example – according to the table extracted from scientific papers by the Offwell Woodland and Wildlife Trust – harbour… 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 »

Report on Permaculture Training in Dembe Dollo, Western Ethiopia (Part 2)

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Continuing from: Report on Permaculture Training in Dembe Dollo, Western Ethiopia (Part 1) Community trainings in the third world present a bit of a different set of challenges from your average western group. The community members often have quite a wealth of indigenous knowledge on the methods and the species of the area – they… Read more »

Cover Crops Solutions Chart

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Click pic to download PDF As most readers of this site will recognise, nature always works to protect the soil from from wind and water erosion — by covering it with living foliage. In doing so, the cycle of life and death continues, increasing the soil’s fertility over time. Alas, many ‘modern’ gardeners have allowed… Read more »

Regenerating Rusinga Island (Lake Victoria, Kenya)

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In January, 2013, I wrote an article titled, "Helping Small Farmers Help Themselves on Rusinga Island". In December of 2012, I came to Rusinga Island for the first time under the invitation of PRI Kenya to teach a PDC to women and men subsistence farmers. What emerged out of the PDC was a small group… Read more »

Advanced Cell Grazing – Permaculture Livestock Systems at Zaytuna Farm

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by Nick Burtner Cell grazing is not a new option when it comes to large animal management. However, brewing at Zaytuna Farm is a dynamic and advanced cell moving method that combines age old and newly discovered techniques and strategies. It has been said before, and most of us permaculturists have used our power of… Read more »

Korean Natural Farming Fermented Plant Juice

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How to make Fermented Plant Juice FPJ using Korean Natural Farming Techniques. Selecting common native plants and using off the shelf / out of the kitchen items, you can make a "Whole Plant Food" that captures, preserves, and transfers natural growth promotants, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and micro biology to your soil, plants, and animal’s digestive… Read more »

Climate Change Adaptation Technologies – Permaculture Design Brings Results

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Climate Change Adaptation technology: Stone Lines (The Sahel)(More videos below) It’s uber exciting to see simple design solutions bringing yields, low-carbon prosperity and health, to people who would otherwise suffer needlessly. Watch the excellent videos below to see how permaculture land management techniques are spreading across Africa and beyond, and giving communities an insurance against… Read more »

Geoff Lawton’s Zaytuna Farm Video Tour – Part II

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Last year I took some time out to make a Zaytuna Farm Video Tour for you all (embedded here, with lots of photos and text). The positive comments, both on our site and on YouTube, along with additional questions (see comments below this post), encouraged us to make another! This new video, above, shot 11-12… Read more »

A Serengeti on Our Doorsteps

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Is it really possible? Yes, I think it is. by George Monbiot Here’s a video of the 15-minute talk I gave at 5×15, where I spell out the remarkable potential for rewilding in Europe, including the possibility of reintroducing the elephants, rhinos, hippos, hyenas and lions we’ve lost. I also talk about how this could… Read more »

If You Plant It, They Will Come – Friendly Pollination Practices

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Blazing Star and Little Sulphur (source) Encouraging pollinators into our gardens is one of the biggest contributions we can make to ensure a healthy polyculture of plants and insects on our land. About ninety percent of all plant species need pollinating insects. Planting natives is an essential step in increasing habitat for our little friends…. Read more »