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A Brief Description

“The Power Of Duck” is a short informative book on the integration of rice and duck farming. The book may be relatively short, however it is nothing short of thorough and abundantly helpful for anyone looking to educate themselves on the processes and benefits of rice farming with ducks.

“The Power Of Duck” is a journal like book, written by Takao Furuno, describing his own rice paddy farming system. The book thoroughly and descriptively outlines the complete life cycle of rice, and how ducks can work within the rice field to increase a farmer’s crop production with a more environmentally responsible method. All in all, this book explains how the introduction of ducklings, water plants, and fish to a rice paddy can create a prosperous land; thriving with rice, animal life, natural fertilizer, and abundant crops. With this system, your yield will prosper, even throughout the coldest part of the year.

This book reaffirms the naturalist’s view that everything can be done organically… even rice farming. It is ever acclaimed, by mass manufacturers everywhere, that rice production is dependent on proper chemical use. “The Power Of Duck” brings to light the natural farming system successfully incorporated and sustained by more than 10,000 Japanese rice farmers. Takao Furuno, himself, has utilized this system for over 10 years to produce substantial amounts of sustainable, profitable rice yield. Now, with his book, “The Power Of Duck”, he has helped farmers increase their own yields by 20 to 50% in just the first year. In this Do-It-Yourself guide, Takao Furuno vividly displays how any farmer can connect and team up with nature instead of hazardous chemicals, to lay his own stone on the path to a safe, beautiful, and flourishing agricultural future. Written by a true farmer, the detail and accuracy is flawless, making this book an absolute guide to using ducks for the farming of rice.

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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Jordan 2015

Has been won by Geoff Lawton and The Permaculture Research Institute for the Permaculture sites featured in Greening/Re-Greening the Desert

“To be honored with this award is a great recognition of our work for a better environment and motivates us to continue our endeavors in the future”
Geoff Lawton, National Energy Globe Winner Jordan

About the AWARD

With more than 170 participating countries and over 1500 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today’s most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention – international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

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This video, “Casa de Paz” A film by Michelle Moore, has been made available courtesy of

36th Avenue in the Fruitvale district of East Oakland, California, is the turf of four major gangs. The fourth one, according to Pancho Ramos-Stierle, who is one of the anchors of Casa de Paz (House of Peace), is the police, an institutionalized gang, and the most dangerous. Yet the residents of this house never lock their doors. Casa de Paz is part of a group of several homes that form an intentional community of peace and nonviolence in an area rife with structural and physical violence. In order to serve their community, they sit in receptive silence at least two hours a day and they live with the people – laugh with them, cry with them, and eat with them. They embody “giftivism” – practicing radical acts of generosity that changes the world, one heart, one home, one block at a time.

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Tom and Zaia Kendall from PRI Sunshine Coast join Daniele Bettini, Anne Blanc and Meriem Kadiri to set up the Permaculture Research Institute Luganville in Vanuatu.


The Permaculture Research Institute Luganville volunteers, with Aunty Lyn

Tom and I arrived in Port Vila Sunday afternoon and went to our accommodation. We settled in and got prepared for the next day. On Monday morning we went to the Financial Services Commission in Vanuatu to register our Charitable Organisation, the Permaculture Research Institute Luganville for Incorporation. We were told we had to have the original signatures on the document, not the scanned copies I had organised from everyone before we left home, so we had to wait for the volunteers to arrive that afternoon. We picked up Dani, Anne and Meriem from the airport that afternoon and made it to the FSC office just before closing time, where we signed the document again and they made copies of our passports. We got a receipt for our payment of the Incorporation fee and went to our accommodation. Later that evening we showed the volunteers the food market in Vila, before we went back and had an early night.

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Drawing on the wisdom of ecological systems and indigenous knowledge, Permaculture offers us a vision, design approach, and tools to create a world of health and abundance. Increased inclusion and support of leadership and perspective from women of diverse backgrounds is vital to this vision.

In this unique and innovative program, we explore diversity and leadership while building our confidence. We practice teaching Permaculture for various formats, from introductory workshops, special topics, and short courses, to the core Permaculture design certificate course.

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We really do have everything we need; when we are open to it.

Permaculture teaches us to understand ourselves and our environment and to harness what nature provides – in all her glory and to maximise the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of a combined labour of love and intention for abundance.

My garden reminds of this each time I step out into her green glory.

In spite of our semi-arid environment – our garden thrives. In spite of watering our garden with water that has a ph of 9 – our garden thrives. In spite of less than perfect tending and care, our garden thrives. In spite of my lack of attention to detail- our garden thrives!

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Black chillis sprouting in toilet roll cardboard (Photo by Irene Kightley)

I’ve recently been interacting with a lot of people who are new to, but completely interested in, Permaculture, and in general, they think of it as a type of gardening. Most often, the explanation I hear of what newbies think Permaculture is revolves around using raised beds. And, honestly, I can remember once feeling much the same. It seems it’s the question so many of us —permies— are forever trying to answer and so many newcomers are trying to understand: What is Permaculture?

I must say that my initial attraction to permaculture was most definitely the kinder, more natural manner of gardening, but it soon grew into much deeper of a kinship. And, while I still strive to one day have a food surplus on my own property, and I do love putting in a swale or stack up a long hugelkultur, I’ve come to think that that more profound take on permaculture, the one that isn’t physical gardening, but rather completely cerebral is every bit as important, and actually more so, for us to talk about when people want to know what Permaculture is.

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Narrated by Sir Tim Smit KBE, creator of The Eden Project

Martin Crawford, pioneering forest gardener, introduces us to his beautiful Forest Garden full of food, fibres and medicinal plants in South Devon.

Centred around a key interview with Martin, the film uses drone shots for never seen before vantage points of his garden.

What once stood as a flat field in 1994, is today a multi layered, ecosystem of trees, shrubs and ground covers, producing fruits, nuts, and medicinal products. Forest Gardening is a designed agronomic system based on trees, shrubs and perennial plants mimicking the structure of a natural forest.

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Well, the answer is it all depends.

I have converted my home in Sydney to run on a carefully designed and well planned 12-volt system. We live in the City of Blacktown on an urban block and took the plunge to see if it was possible to run a normal home on a 12-volt system.

Let me give you a rundown on what we use in our home each day. In the morning, I do the first thing any good husband does, I drop my wife at the train station to go to work each day! All jokes aside my wife loves going to work (?).

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My PSA for the Bees! We need to revolutionize the way we grow food, and create habitat and homes for the Bees to live on site year round ( vs being shipped around the world ). We need to use the power of Permaculture to create Sustainability!

I visited Rob and Karyn Kimmell’s Tread Lightly Farm and captured their wonderful wildflowers and wisdom from Rob on taking care of the Bees! Rob played us heart felt music on the piano that I used as a soundtrack! Special thanks to Shane Clary for his presence and camera work!

Zachariah has his own experience project,, that you can visit here.

About Zach

My name is Zachariah and I am starting this project to document and share our Spiritual Experiences!

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The importance of the demonstration, research and education we are a part of at PRI Sunshine Coast becomes more and more obvious when we look at the current challenging situations all around the world, the daily worrying news of war, exploitation and destruction. The evidence to act cannot be overlooked any longer and I think if we are not part of the solution, we are possibly part of the problem.

“As inhabitants of this Earth we breathe the same air, we watch the same starry skies and as humans we share the same basic needs. Every single one of us can choose to become a part of the solution instead of part of the problem; and we can support one another in opting for simple beauty and walking our talk.” Gaia Education Publication.

I find this a highly empowering and encouraging statement which recognizes the power of the individual to bring about positive change. The motivation and inspiration for me personally to work hard to find alternative ways of living on this planet, to be part of the solution, is stimulated by quotes like this:

As David Holmgren said: “The quality of the revolution will be determined by the diversity of living and working models that we have the energy & vision to create.”

I think that’s what brought me to Australia, to work and learn at PRI Sunshine Coast and gain practical knowledge and understanding to be able to live a more self-reliant life and establish a working model for a regenerative future afterwards.

That’s why I am happy to share with you what we have achieved and learned here in the last 3 months at PRI Sunshine Coast.

Firstly I would like to share about the wonderful experience of getting new family members on the farm, 19 baby chicks were born with the help of our low-budget incubator on site.


The babies enjoying freedom in the grass

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Public distrust over free trade agreements have risen over the past few years as they become more common. Recently, public opinion worldwide has been critical of the announced Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). If approved, the two agreements would tie together not only the economies, but also regulations and standards, of the United States and eleven other Pacific nations (through the TPP), and the U.S. and the European Union (through the TTIP). As these agreements proliferate, understanding their implications for national sovereignty would allow the people worldwide to know what actions can be taken.

A free trade agreement (FTA) is an accord signed by two or more countries to facilitate trade between each other. The traditional FTA focuses on the reduction of trade barriers, such as import quotas and tariffs, which lowers the prices of imports, expands commercial ties and economic growth. This has made them popular, with the number of FTAs expanding rapidly since the 1990s, providing countries with another tool for development.

However, as economies became more complex, so have FTAs. Now days, an FTA can cover not just the business sector, but also other areas that might seem unrelated to commerce, such as the environment & labor. The extension of FTAs into more domestic sectors brings it into conflict with sovereignty, the centuries-old concept that gives governments the ultimate jurisdiction over its recognized territorial boundaries.

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