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How one man transformed his farm from Monoculture to Permaculture.

When Warren Brush bought a run down orchard near Ventura, California, he knew he was in for the ride of his life transforming it into a Permaculture farm. From an original monoculture persimmon, apple and avocado orchard, it’s a risky challenge to turn all this around and announce you are now also running a creamery and a heritage pig system and a farm stall and then there are the walnuts and the orchards and… well, you get the idea. There are a lot of things happening here and you are not to sure what you are looking at when you walk around Casitas Valley Farm.

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At a time when many children are over-policed and over-protected, even parents who are open to the idea of rewilding may wonder what would happen if young ones were allowed to truly run rampant.

Contrary to the descent into savagery envisioned in William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies, one primary school is proving that when children are given the space and permission to self organise the results are extremely encouraging.

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Have you done a PDC? Have you done an Online PDC? Do you want a hands-on permaculture experience in one of the harshest environments on planet earth? Do you want proof that permaculture works and you want to be part of it? Do you want experience with leading on the ground permaculturists who are getting things done in JORDAN on a world renowned permaculture site? THEN WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

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The art of Tadelakt has for centuries been steeped in mystic and wonder. Few who leave the fantastic halls of the Marrakesh palaces or the beautifully reconstructed Riads will fail to notice the glimmering monolithic plaster that twinkles in the light as it seamlessly extends over these proud buildings. Tadelakt is a plaster finishing technique historically used in north Africa to protect earthen structures. It is specifically valued for its function of providing a water proof seal. Marrakesh, a wonderfully unique city that has remained virtually unchanged for centuries, provides insights and inspiration for this technique as it is re-discovered throughout the natural building community.

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To see more videos like this visit GeoffLawton.com

Recently whilst driving through Alberta, Canada, we stopped off on the side of the road to take a look at the state forest. A brooding mass of pine trees and a carpet of soft moss and mycelium. We filmed a video segment in the forest and were returning to the car when Geoff Lawton froze and looked down at the edge of the road.

He turned to me and said, “What do you see here?” I looked around at the grass next to the road and thought – nothing much.

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Recent visitors to the farm taking a tour.

A community based social enterprise building momentum with young people and resettled refugees.

In lush hinterland regions, the permaculture you see is often back-to-the-land-ers, escaping the big smoke to build a mud-brick houses and self-sufficiency. In built-up areas it’s a community of active backyard gardeners, permablitzing their way through the burbs. In more conservative, rural areas you may find a quiet pocket of reformed big ag-ers overseeing islands of healthy soil and healthy chickens.

Permaculture in the shadow of the steelworks in Wollongong is different to in other regions because it’s become primarily a mechanism for social change. In the more disadvantaged suburbs of Wollongong, NSW, permaculture has found its place as a tool for community resilience.

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Fadhili Terri, via www.foodwatershelter.org.au

Farming is a truly rewarding activity for those who are in love with nature. Being close to the land, watching your crops and animals grow, living off the fruits of your labour , this seems to be the dream of more and more people out there as they are not ready to lose opportunities, running around and of the experiencing daily stress.

As any person knows every year, month, day, or even hour, there are always changes that occur to our surroundings that we are used to. This short commentary explains a way that might appropriately help the nomads/pastoralists in Tanzania to avoid cattle starvation, reducing soil erosion, increase their animal produce in good quantities and in good qualities by planting of Sunnhemp in their grazing fields and also help to return the environment to it normal condition.

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Luke O’Shea – Sing You Up

This song and video is dedicated to the brave, peaceful and passionate people putting their lives on hold protecting what we all love. Australia – I urge you to become aware of what is happening around us – at such an alarming rate. To my mining mates – this not an anti-mining statement – this is an anti greed statement! To the politicians allowing the large number of foreign based companies to buy up vast expanses of Australia and then saturate the market – devalues our precious resources and puts our established mines and job security at risk. Enough is enough!

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Digging our well-surveyed swales.

I woke up this morning, put on my gum-boots and went out for a walk around our family farm in the rain. This in itself might not seem to be anything special to many folks, yet this was a 2”/5cm rainfall after several intense years of drought here in Southern California. I cannot express how exciting this morning has been for me as I was thinking of our entire thirsty state getting an average 2-6 inches/5-15cm of rain during the past 48 hours. I was also exuberant this morning as today marked our fifth-day after completing an epic and highly successful “Earthworks for Resiliency” course for an area of our farm that was transformed into using earth structures to harvest water for our market garden area.

During the course we installed three large swales (one of them integrated with 150 feet of hugelkultur growing bed), a Zuni Bowl diversion structure, some key drains with associated stone and urbanite “armor,” some one-rock dams/gabions, and we used a keyline plow in the interstitial spaces between the swales for our main crop gardens. We then mulched and cover-cropped all of the sites disturbed by our excavator, tractors, and shovels. It was amazing to see how much was learned and accomplished by the 18 students who participated.

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Being a product of the 1990s British state education system, I grew up with a very ‘conventional’ western mind-set towards science and medicine. I have always been naturally sceptic of medicine applied through plants, even while hearing the tales my grandmother had told me of Camomile lotion helping rashes, and ginger helping a bad stomach. But these were always remedies you purchased in bottles and packets, carefully tested and scrutinised by the infallible knowledge of the modern pharmaceutical scientist. Believing that plants could be used to help alleviate or cure medical problems? That was pure witchcraft, akin to dancing under a full moon on a Tuesday to help a sprained ankle, or rubbing crystals on your eyelids for the flu. To think that only a few decades later, I was putting aside the advice of registered doctors, and getting my medicine from my modest balcony garden.

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