Posted by & filed under Design, Development & Property Trusts, Earthworks & Earth Resources, Fungi, General, Land, Permaculture Projects, Plant Systems, Plants, Soil, Structure, Surveying, Swales, Water Harvesting.


The ancient Inca also utilised contour patterning in their agriculture.

This article will describe the process we took to create kitchen garden contour beds in the Sacred Valley Peru.

Contour beds are annual and/or perennial vegetable garden beds that conform to the natural pattern of the landscape. Being on contour means that the paths and beds themselves are level and follow the lay of the land. Not only does this create an attractive pattern on the landscape this technique more importantly allows us to slow, spread, and sink water into our garden beds in a similar way that swales do. This orientation also prevents erosion due to the pacifying of any surface runoff.

Read more »

Posted by & filed under Education, Education Centres, General, Permaculture Projects, Why Permaculture?.


Come join us June 14-27 2015 for our Permaculture design course located in the Sacred Valley, Peru.

This Bi-lingual (English and Spanish) Two-Week Intensive Permaculture Design Course (PDC) is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the beautiful gardens of Sach’a Munay eco retreat with delicious food and a creative learning environment with internationally renowned permaculture teacher Penny Livingston-Stark, permaculture practicioner Adam Woodman, and special guests including indigenous farmers who will share with us their own permanent agriculture techniques.

This training provides multiple ways of presenting information from presentation and slide shows to storytelling and interactive group process. This course include hands-on experiential learning opportunities provided by experienced instructors.

This course is a powerful way to have a transformational experience, be nurtured with delicious meals while learning powerful tools to create resilient environments on all scales.

Read more »

Posted by & filed under Community, Design, Earthworks & Earth Resources, Food & Food Support Systems, General, Land, Permaculture Projects, Plants.


All the pictures included in this page are strictly taken from the Picasso Food Forest.

The project

Fruttorti di Parma takes inspiration from agro-ecology, agroforestry and permaculture, a design approach for creating sustainable human settlements by imitating natural systems.

The Picasso Food Forest is the first experimental site of a public urban food forest in Parma, and maybe in Italy. Started in December 2012, the project aims to create a public food forest whose fruits will be available to the inhabitants of Parma. A “public park”, to use more common terms, in which trees and plants do not only provide aesthetic functions, shade and oxygen but will also provide food for the people living in the urban context and wildlife habitat. The people visiting will be able to follow the evolution of this small ecosystem along the years and along the seasons. They will see the young trees and the entire forest mature along the years and the plants developing sprouts, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds along the seasons.

In this page we will try to illustrate the development of the project and of the ecosystem, successes and failures of our experimental trials, hoping we will provide useful information and inspiration to all those that are interested in knowing more, follow us and start with similar initiatives in their neighborhood or city.

Read more »

Posted by & filed under General, Plants.


Photography courtesy of Tom Nagy

Although reading about plants from trusted resources is an excellent introduction to the world of botany, experiencing plants as the creatures that they are in their natural context and in person is crucial to learning to distinguish them from any potentially poisonous or otherwise dangerous look-alikes and to grasp the physical changes that one species undergoes throughout the growing season as it matures, flowers and sets seed. Many plants have a variety of different uses that are only available at certain times of the year, so learning to recognize the changes that the same species undergoes as the seasons progress is essential to developing a well rounded understanding of the target species and it’s relative behavior.

Highbush cranberry is one of those plant names that, as an amateur botanist, fills me with a number of conflicting but equally reasonable emotions. It is one of those names that when taken in a literal context appears to be bewilderingly inaccurate and deliberately misleading but when observed under a different connotation is filled with a cultural charm that reveals much about the way we perceive and relate to the world, and perhaps even more importantly, how we communicate our understanding of that world to others. It’s funny how much one can learn from plants, even just by looking into the deeper meanings behind why they are called what they are called. We all benefit from attempting to simplify communication in order to limit misunderstandings or misinterpretations, but this only works up to a certain point. Inevitably, information can become skewed and it’s true meaning botched, especially if a single piece of information has exchanged many hands.

Read more »

Posted by & filed under Courses/Workshops, Education, Events, Resources & News, General, Why Permaculture?.

This is it! Geoff Lawton’s Online Permaculture Course is NOW OPEN for Registration

“This is the day you have been waiting for. This is the launch day for the new Online PDC for 2015. We have a very special event here, and we have only run it twice before, one a year, now we have moved it forward to the winter of the northern hemisphere for 2015. This is an online event and it runs for three months. You need three to four hours a week, to go through the course and theres a design exercise at the end so you can get your certificate.”

“We know that it works well, we know, we have the testimonials, we’ve got the results now. So What we have done is moved it up from two hundred videos inside the course to three hundred, we are giving you that extra information you have asked us for, so we have bought the game up for you. This is a very popular course, we don’t have to advertise, we can just keep this quiet and release it as an event, it will sell out in a week and then we take you together on this learning journey, as a community, together, on the website.”

“We fielded 1,000 questions in the first Online Course. 16,000 in the second online course. And I answered all your questions in Q & A direct to camera answers. And we’re listening, we’re listening to what your asking us, so we are facilitating your questions.” – Geoff Lawton

Read more »

Posted by & filed under Community, DVDs/Books, Events, Resources & News, General, Population, Society.

“Matt Powers is one of my students from last years Online ‪‎Permaculture‬ Design Course (via This is a true testimony to the quality of students we are producing all around the globe with this ever reaching course. He has produced this book within the first year of taking the online PDC! Congratulations The Permaculture Student.” – Cheers Geoff Lawton

Matt Powers Kickstarter Project for creating a curriculum for Children – This is the Middle School Edition

About this Project

Permaculture is the Future

Permaculture is a design science that uses the patterns and systems of nature to provide sustainably and regeneratively for both humans and the environment. It is also the best way to repair degraded, polluted and damaged environments. Permaculture solves all the insurmountable problems of our modern world. Loss of topsoil, deforestation, & pollution can all be addressed and reversed, & regeneration can be achieved. Not only can it be done, it already is being done by governments and individuals globally to be more resilient and to reverse damage to local climates (the Loess Plateau Restoration is perhaps the largest example of this).

The Permaculture Student Series

When I finished my permaculture design course with Geoff Lawton, the first thing I looked for was curriculum designed for my two young sons who are homeschooled. I couldn’t find anything for young students, only for teachers with school gardens. I wanted the PDC experience to be a normal part of my children’s education. I realized that no one else was doing it, and I was qualified (MA in education, certification in Permaculture and training as a writer), and I wasn’t the only one looking for it, so I felt compelled. I’m sourcing the experts as much as I can to review the work before the final print so I can make it perfect. I’ve already shared samples with numerous leaders in the permaculture world with only positive feedback – Geoff Lawton, Paul Wheaton, Diego Footer, Elaine Ingham & Diana Leafe Christian. My hope is that this becomes the standard for all public and home school programs, linking high school graduates into the college programs at their highest potential. Imagine the designs this generation will come up with. Imagine the exponential change for good they will innovate.

Read more »

Posted by & filed under Community, Development & Property Trusts, General, Society.


Photography by Nick Vassallo.

Follow the winding highway up onto the shoulder of Maui; facing west on Haleakala’s rolling hills, gazing into the sunset and the sea, tucked into the district of Kula like a ripple in a comforter. Sooner than you think, you’ll arrive at Rancho Relaxzo–a 30 year young permaculture farm, our blissful destination.

Read more »

Posted by & filed under Building, Community, Design, General.


Photos Courtesy of Sam Kenworthy

The use of living fences in the Central American region is prolific. Although installation techniques and application style of living fences varies across borders and climates, in Costa Rica the fences generally serve to delineate property and keep livestock within a boundary. Aside from their obvious uses, living fences generate far more benefits, both ecological and economic, than are typically noticed at first glance. Through careful selection of species and well planned maintenance, living fences can assist in boosting crop yields, generating animal forage, increasing soil fertility, producing food, stabilizing slopes and establishing microclimates, among myriad other benefits. This article seeks to focus on the methods used at a specific Costa Rican site, CIRENAS (Centro de Investigaciones de Recursos Naturales y Sociales), to establish living fences.

Read more »

Posted by & filed under General.

When it comes to tomatoes, it is clear that people love them. Tomatoes are the fourth-most-consumed fresh vegetable, and the average American actually consumes nearly 100 pounds of tomatoes per year. Yet this is not a large amount compared with Egypt and Greece, where eating more than 200 pounds per year is average. However, the United States is the second-largest global tomato grower, producing more than $2.5 billion worth annually.


Images courtesy of

Read more »