Creating a PERMA-culture

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

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 …

Alternative Energy

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 …

Farming

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 …

Energy

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 …

Gardening

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 …

Renewable Energy

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 …

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 …

Pollution

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 …

Gardening

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 …

Coconut

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 …

Permaculture

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 …

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 …

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 …

Gardening

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.<p>A pioneer in …

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 …

Climate Change

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 …

Japan's Next Generation of Farmers Could Be Robots - Bloomberg

As the average age of farmers globally creeps higher and retirement looms, Japan has a solution: robots and driver-less tractors.<p>The Group-of-Seven …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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

How Urban Farms Are Changing the Way We Eat

Are rooftop greenhouses the next big thing in local produce?<p>"These are spoiled plants," says Gotham Greens co-founder and CEO Viraj Puri, gesturing toward seemingly endless rows of perfectly symmetrical leaves — butter lettuce, arugula, basil — in vibrant, uniform shades of green.<p>His point is …

Farming

Major hotel chain to grow vegetables at 1000 properties to cut food waste

Accorhotels, which includes Sofitel, Novotel, Mercure and Ibis, will reduce number of main courses on offer and record all food thrown away<p>One of the world’s biggest hotel chains has announced it will plant vegetable gardens at many of its hotels as part of a plan to cut food waste by a …

Farming

Ostrich could revolutionize the meat industry. But will Americans eat it?

Located on a 120-acre farm in Boise, Idaho, American Ostrich Farms (AOF) is working to provide an unexpected source of protein to American consumers. …

“Moon Hoax Not”: Short Film Explains Why It Was Impossible to Fake the Moon Landing

S.G. Collins doesn’t trust the United States government. They “lie all the time, about all kinds of things,” he insists, “and if they haven’t lied to …

A Massive Aquaponic Lettuce And Fish Farm Will Grow In A Brooklyn Warehouse | Fast Company

The startup is one of a handful that will open large-scale urban farms this year.<p>Chefs tell us that the produce that we grow is literally the best produce that they’ve ever eaten.