Articles in Permaculture

A REAL OFF GRID EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN - UNSCHOOLING WITH PERMACULTURE
"If we can't live comfortably off grid, we've accepted that we don't belong on earth. The opposite is the truth: we belong off grid; we are nature, not separate. nature is off grid & we should be too!" Matt Powers BY MATT POWERS After writing The Permaculture Student (www.thepermaculturestu...
Are you New to Permaculture? Here are 7 Steps to Remember
Permaculture is a powerful and practical answer if your goal is to become more sustainable. Embracing permaculture practices in your life is an exciting proposition, but it quickly becomes overwhelming if you don’t  avoid common mistakes. Look at this list of 7 steps that help you succeed...
Beautiful 1 Acre Small Scale Permaculture Farm - Limestone Permaculture Farm
A tour of Limestone Permaculture Farm in New South Wales, Australia. The 1 acre property has been developed into a productive permaculture farm that is currently helping to feed around 50 families. The tour includes a look at the orchard, caravan farm gate, chicken and duck areas, and the shade hous...
Building A Cob Oven Start To Finish At Quail Springs
Sasha, the workshop instructor demonstrates setting the level for the bricks that will form the oven floor and hearth at the opening. A layer of firebricks forms the floor of the oven. Here we fit them tight together on a bed of sand, trying to leave no cracks or crevices for ash to accumulate....
Can Permaculture Feed the World?
Published online for the first time, Patrick Whitefield's timely essay that made people wake up to the potential of permaculture food systems. Today we celebrate his pioneering spirit and dedication to permaculture. Patrick Whitefield was a British permaculture teacher, designer, author, and consult...
Carbon Sinking: Soil, Permaculture, Cover Crops, Recycled Water and Integrated Pest Management
CoCo San Sustainable Farm held an event to teach best practices for urban farming, agricultural, and gardening. Rex Dufour, Matt Powers, Bethallyn Black & Andrew Sutherland spoke focusing on beginning farmers. Some of the practices described sequester carbon in the soil, instead of releasing car...
Eco Homes: Living The Good Life
In Wales, nine families are off the grid and immersed in permaculture, producing, growing, and enjoying life while making a positive sustainable example for all.  They have helped to make headway with tolerance for low impact housing in the U.K. This way of the future is moving forward right n...
Flowhive Honey Extractor Debuts With 10,000% Of Expected Crowdfunding!
About ten years ago, Cedar Anderson realized that there must be a better way to extract honey from the bees, and after multiple stings and many dead squashed bees, a great idea came to him.   After a decade of designing and testing, Cedar and his father, Stuart, have developed a system that use...
Food Forests Could Bring Free Healthy Organic Food To Everyone For The Same Cost As Roadside Grass
Food forests or Forest gardening have been around for a long time with many of the native cultures practicing this form of sustainable agriculture. It is a form of low-maintenance plant-based food production which replicates natural ecosystems, incorporating fruit and nut trees, ...
From food forests to healthy soil. 5 Incredible permaculture videos.
When I posted 7 no-cost ways to grow more food from your veggie garden, one commenter argued that mulching was not a good strategy—suggesting that gardeners should plant polycultures instead, following the principles of permaculture. While I'd dispute the idea that there is one "right" way of ...
Green Gold - Barren Lands Become Fertile Soil
"It's possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems." Environmental film maker John D. Liu documents large-scale ecosystem restoration projects in China, Africa, South America and the Middle East, highlighting the enormous benefits for people and planet of undertaking these efforts globall...
Greening The Desert - They Said It Couldn't Be Done
Watch as Geoff Lawton and his permaculture techniques begin greening the driest of deserts, and grow things that aren't supposed to grow in that kind of soil.   "You can solve all your pollution issues, and all your supply line needs in the garden. "...
How to build Floating Islands naturally – bringing back the fantastic lost art of Chinampas!
Recently we ran a Permaculture Design Certificate – Water Module workshop in partnership with Growing Roots Permaculture at the amazing Starseed Gardens where participants learnt how to build a natural floating island. The floating islands were planted with a variety of species ...
IMPRINTING SOILS – CREATING INSTANT EDGE FOR LARGE SCALE REVEGETATION OF BARREN LANDS
With the United States and other countries caught in unprecedented never before seen droughts, and desertification of the world growing in tandem, this simple method for speeding re-vegetation at scale offers a lot of promise. Imprinting roller Imprinted soil The barren, arid landscapes of the...
Learn and have fun with these fantastic Permaculture Playing Cards
Trying to explain Permaculture to people that haven’t heard the term—or seen the light—can be arduous at times. There are several books on the market, dozens of podcasts, and a myriad of classes to take, or workshops to attend. However, the recipient of this explanation must first ...
Learn these 4 Types of Succession Planting.
Whether growing vegetables for market or your own table, succession planting is an important part of planning. You want to avoid a feast-or-famine situation where the entire crop comes in at once and then is done. It's much better to have a steady supply ready for harvest over the longest possible p...
Maya Mountain Research Farm In Beliz Makes Pizza
Maya Mountain Research Farm in Beliz has this great oven they made....   It is used for nightly pizza!  Here is a nice how-to on building such a great oven: Below Photo Shared by Facebook's The Year Of Mud and is a good example of what you might do in a home that is ju...
Missi Gets An Idea, And So Her Family Sets Out To Build A Calitucky Chicken Tunnel!
Missi, with the help of Pinterest, came up with an idea that would prove to be cool, functionable, awesome, multi-purposing, weird, and Calitucky.  We made a chicken run/tunnel.  It is really something that is hard to describe in words, but we took lots of pictures.  In brief, we buil...
Permaculture Author Toby Hemenway On Flowing Toward Abundance
Can a real-life allegory of a neighbor, stock-piling cords of wood, be applied to our agriculture-based mindset? Toby Hemenway, the best-selling Permaculture author thinks so. He's made note that the preparedness—or “prepper”— mindset is in the middle of a shift from a stock...
Permaculture Chicken Keeping
Raising chickens sustainably and following the principles of Permaculture allow us to utilize every part of the animals scratching instinct, their waste and ability to control pests. Integrate your flock into a healthy growing system that is self-supporting. When I picked out my first...
Permaculture Travelling: Learning new skills, meeting new people and visiting working permaculture centers.
When it comes to learning about life, there is nothing more enriching than traveling. Whether it’s the people you meet or the things you see, traveling provides more valuable life lessons than school, mainly because instead of being told something, you experience it. Travelling is a ...
Regeneration on the Rise: Adventures with Permaculture in Kenya
By Zeya Schindler In January of 2014 I had the honor of embarking on a journey to Kenya to observe and participate in several projects and initiatives being developed by Permaculture Research Institute Kenya. As a photographer, writer, and a student of both permaculture and international development...
Sheet Mulching: Composting on the Ground is Much Easier
I am sheet mulching 2 beds in my zone 1 garden to build NEW soil life in areas where it has been depleted. This is basically just like composting but is ok if it needs to take longer (because there is no turning) and it is considered "composting in place". I like this idea because I don't have certa...
The Path To Abundance; From A Consumptive Suburban Home To A Productive Ecosystem
Our path to ABUNDANCE started with a desire for safe food, free of chemicals, this first step led us to a whole new world of understanding. This is what we want to share with the world. An ordinary suburban home transformed into an urban food forest, healing us, feeding us, and opening us. Today our...
Thought For Food – How We’ll Feed the Rising Billions in the 21st Century
April 18, 2016 by ChrisPowers In case you haven’t noticed, the world of food production is changing….  By 2050 we’ll have to feed 9 billion people. People in Africa, Asia, and South America will soon have unprecedented wealth and access to resources. The planet cannot...
Toby Hemenway: I believe permaculture could move us beyond 'sustainability'
Toby Hemenway is the author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, the best-selling permaculture book in the world. His new book on urban permaculture, The Permaculture City, was released back in July 2015. A great human being, humble and pragmatic and after meeting him on a num...
Why every permaculturist should own a Scythe
What does a scythe mean to you? A quaint antiquity? A barn decoration? The tool of the Grim Reaper? In fact, argues Paul Kingsnorth, no self-respecting permaculturist should be without this most useful and practical of tools. One for all, and all for scythes... How often do you find yourself ...