Creating a PERMA-culture

By Russ Grayson | Information, insights, inspiration for assembling a permanent culture, a perma-culture

To restore soils, feed the microbes

Healthy soil teems with bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microorganisms that help store carbon and fend off plant diseases.<p>Our soils are in …

Agriculture

Geckos rapidly evolve bigger heads in response to human activity

Life is adept at adapting to changes in the environment – and the environment is changing faster than ever, thanks to us. Evolution is normally …

Evolution

Earth Overshoot Day: From this day on we're using an unsustainable amount of the Earth's resources

Today marks Earth Overshoot Day - the day by which the human race will have used more of Earth's natural resources than the planet can renew in the whole year.<p>Put simply, we use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate and this puts the Earth on an unsustainable …

Sustainability

These Scientists Have Discovered How To Use Electricity To Make Protein From CO2

Finnish scientists have built a bioreactor that will be able to create cheap nutrients almost anywhere on Earth.<p>In a lab in Finland, inside tiny lab equipment roughly the size of coffee cups, researchers are turning CO2 into food. The process–which can run on renewable energy, and requires only a …

Sustainability

India's first solar-powered train makes its debut

India's diesel-powered train network has a new kid on the block. The gas-guzzling Indian Railway system has just debuted its first solar-powered train, called the Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU). It will operate in the city of New Delhi.<p>Placement of the solar panels on the train car was …

Clean Energy

The evolution of a backyard food forest - the first three years

From a beautiful 23 year old food forest in New Zealand to a permaculture smallholding spanning five acres, we've featured an awful lot of properties …

Gardening

New York Launches No Cost Solar Program For Middle-Class Homeowners

New York is one of the best states in the country if you want to go solar – but only if you’re rich enough. Due to the steep upfront costs of around …

Profitable Permaculture Principles - Homesteading & Livestock

Content Tools<p>Print Email<p>I can still remember my first encounter with the term “permaculture.” It was a Plowboy interview with Bill Mollison in MOTHER …

8 Simple But Sure Steps To Miracle Farms:How You Make a Living From a 4 Acre Permaculture Orchard (photo & video)

What if I told you that it is possible to make a living from a 4-acre orchard and you can even do this with less work, more yield and more fun.<p>What …

Tesla kills the duck with big batteries

One of the problems that comes from reliance on solar power is the “duck curve” where the solar panels produce more power than is needed during the …

How weeds heal bare soil

Let weeds do their job. They will heal and nourish our bare soil this autumn and winter<p>This is an extract from John Walker’s new book Weeds: An Organic, Earth-friendly Guide to their Identification, Use and Control.<p>Bare, exposed soil isn’t part of nature’s master plan. How many examples can you …

Blackout parties: how solar and storage made WA farmers the most popular in town

Once considered an eco-warrior’s pipe dream, renewable energy is rapidly gaining ground in the traditional mining state of Western Australia<p>Along the remote southern coastline of Western Australia, the locals have cottoned on to a new, surefire way to keep their beer cold.<p>The energy grid around …

Bangkok Builds Low-Cost Temporary Dormitories Out of Recycled Timber for Myanmar Refugees

These low-cost temporary dormitories were built for an education center for refugees and immigrants in Bangkok, Thailand. The structures are built …

Construction

The Ocean Cleanup finds 1.15 to 2.41 million metric tons of plastic enter oceans from rivers

How much plastic do rivers dump into the world’s oceans? The Ocean Cleanup decided to find out. They conducted what they say is the “first-ever …

9 Permaculture Practices - Organic Gardening

Content Tools<p>Print Email<p>We’re all stewards of the land, blessed to be living here, and it’s our critical responsibility to make sure we honor the …

Watch experts hand-process 100 coconuts for oil

Arumugam and a friend make quick work of 100 raw coconuts as they prepare coconut oil, then use it to cook some really tasty-looking grilled chicken …

11 Inputs to Help Design Your Site

When you are looking to start a permaculture garden, one of the first tasks you will need to do is to read your land. By gathering as much …

Start a Community Food Garden: The Essential Handbook

By LaManda Joy<p>When you have a question, you ask an expert. That's why people contemplating starting community gardens would come to LaManda Joy.…A …

Farming

Nitrogen Fixing Species for Agroforestry Systems

I am currently working on a regenerative landscape design for a site in Todorovo, Bulgaria. The plan is to establish an agroforestry system known as …

Gardening

How to create a woodland where everything is edible

This March marks the 15th anniversary of the death of Robert Adrian de Jauralde Hart, a man who quietly, and without outside recognition for much of …

Using Data Mapping to Help Reclaim Urban Commons

Big Tech understands the power of data to advance its interests. It’s time for commoners to do the same, especially in urban settings.A pioneer in …

Urban Design

Harvard Scientists Moving Ahead on Plans for Atmospheric Geoengineering Experiments

A pair of Harvard climate scientists are preparing small-scale atmospheric experiments that could offer insights into the feasibility and risks of …

Solidarity Economy Showcase: Ellon Hinengo Co-operative Society, Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Cooperative College)

The P2P Foundation is serializing videos on the Solidarity Economy produced by the SUSY (Sustainable and Solidarity Economy) Project. See all videos …

Andaman and Nicobar

Cities Have a Role in Making Sure “Local Food” Is Local

From open-air farmers markets to community gardens to farm-to-table menus, the local food movement has been a powerful catalyst in urban placemaking. …

Agriculture

Brilliantly Simple Tower Collects Safe Drinking Water Out of Thin Air

The Warka Water tower literally pulls clean drinking water straight from thin air. First debuted in rural Ethiopia, and conceived as a way to help communities in the area that lack access to safe drinking water, the innovative design recently took home the World Design Impact Prize in Taipei. Each …

Water

2016 Dirty Dozen List Highlights Fruits and Vegetables You Should Always Buy Organic

Knowing which foods to buy and which to avoid can be a daunting task. And now that pesticide use on produce has become a major topic in the food …

Nutrition

Garden-care giant to drop chemicals linked to bee declines

DENVER (AP) — Amid ominous warnings about threats to pollinators and the food crops they make possible, garden-care giant Ortho said Tuesday it will stop using a class of chemicals widely believed to harm the most important pollinators of all: bees.<p>Bees are critical to the food supply because about …

Bees

Wind-powered vertical Skyfarms are the future of sustainable agriculture

What if the future of farming took root in the city rather than in the countryside? London firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners explores that idea …

Farming