Septic Tanks Aren’t Restraining Faecal Bacteria From Contaminating Waterways


– A new study from Michigan State University refutes the long held perception that septic tanks can hold back faecal bacteria, as researchers trace back the bacteria in the water bodies to leaky septic tanks. This research work is the largest watershed study of its kind to date, involving taking samples from 64 river systems representing the watersheds in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, USA. Professor Joan Rose from Department […]

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Worm farming cool, dark and wholesome

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The importance of worms was recognised C. Darwin, author of Origins of species, in his last book, in which he considered that worms are nature’s ploughman. Worms, their associated organisms and by their behaviour play, are an essential part of soil formation and continued fertility. The lack of worms in the soil is an indication of a soil lacking fertilely and health. This situation became very clear to me during […]

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Tiny House Build for $420 Made from Recycled Materials


The build of a $420 tiny house almost entirely made from recycled materials. The house is 6.25 square meters and includes a loft with a bed.
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Towards the Ecological Paris: Permaculture – Parisian Style


Palaces such as Versailles Paris are famed for their ostentatious gold-leaf roofs and elaborate décor. Now, a different type of gold, and a different type of leaf form beautiful guilds on the roofs. Paris is an ancient city famed for being a centre of the arts, culture, innovation, love and learning. Home to many classics which have defined new movements. There’s a difference between the ephemerality of fashion and the […]

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After the Rain, Wait Before You Harvest


According to a new research finding published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, farmers should wait at least 24 hours to harvest, after a rain or irrigation event, to protect consumers from food borne illness. A growing body of evidences suggests that, there is strong link between foodborne outbreaks and fresh produce. In the United States it is reported that, 46 percent of the foodborne outbreaks between 1998 and […]

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Christmas Island Gets It’s First Dam


Transforming an old mining pit into a 5 million litre dam has proven to be quiet the mission and has required moving about 10,000 tonnes of soil. Considering we are moving 3 tonnes in a single scoop with a 30 tonne excavator it was eventually achievable. The dam has to be lined due to the geology of the island. Christmas Island is in the middle of the Indian Ocean of […]

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Don’t Try Building Hugel Swales – This is a Very and I Mean Very Bad Idea


Let’s start out with a basic understanding of what full scale Hugelkultur and full scale swale based systems are. Then we can jump into what they are not and why combining them can be a very bad idea. First, as most permies know, a swale is a ditch on contour. They are also tree growing systems, and are not designed to grow annual gardens. They do a great many things […]

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Rebuild Sunrise Farm in Kathmandu Appeal – Plus Updates


This is worth your time and support – real bottom-up permaculture relief and development in Nepal RafterSass-Ferguson A video about the earthquake that hit Nepal the 25th April of 2015. The videos are taken in Kathmandu, mostly in sunrise farm where we volunteers. Link to our GoFundMe Campaign. My name is Chris Evans and I’ve worked in Nepal for nearly 30 years, starting as a volunteer forester. In 1988, I […]

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Humanure Is No Laughing Matter

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It’s something that becomes more and more unsettling for me the deeper I look into the issue. With every morning constitutional, with every quick run to the bathroom, the majority of industrialized humanity is carelessly waging war on the environment. In harsh but accurate terms, we are pillaging and polluting the planet in the most idiotic of ways. The way we’ve come—and much of the underdeveloped world still seems to […]

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For thousands of years, honey has been widely used for both nutritional and medicinal purposes. Over 300 varieties are available in the United States alone. These range from those that are nearly colorless and bland tasting, to strains offering rich brown hues, robust with flavor. However, many store-bought honeys are processed, removing much of the pollen content. While preserving pollen is attainable simply by using a coarse filter and minimal […]

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Planting Ginger Polyculture at Maungaraeeda Farm


By Michael Brahier, practical student at PRI Sunshine Coast. One of the projects that we have been working on the first couple weeks of the Permaculture Life Skills course is making raised beds to plant ginger polycultures. Ginger grows very well in this part of Queensland and is a commodity crop processed by a nearby factory. The other farms in the area tend to grow it as a monoculture which […]

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Long-term Census Reveal Presence of Abundant Mammalian Community in the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster Zone


An international team of researchers have discovered thriving populations of wildlife in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, bringing out the unique evidence of wildlife’s resilience in the face of chronic radiation stress. Teeming with moose, elk, roe deer, red deer, wild boar, and wolves, the Chernobyl site after nearly 30 years of chronic radiation exposure looks more like a nature preserve, than as a disaster zone. A fire and an explosion […]

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