Building Community Through Permaculture – an Interview with Mark Lakeman

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Marcin Gerwin: You used to work as an architect for a large company. How did you come to be involved in permaculture? Mark Lakeman: I was working for a large firm in 1988 and I wasn’t exposed to permaculture while working in a corporate career, which was very typical. But fortunately for me there was… Read more »

A Report on the April 2014 PDC at the “Greening the Desert Sequel” Site (Jordan)

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I am in Jordan, where the monthly average wage is 300 Jordanian dinar. To put that into perspective, a phone card for one month cost me five dinar. But buying a car is the same as it is everywhere. Their major issue here is water. They have little rain, with an average of under 300mm… Read more »

How to Prepare and Take Care of a No-Dig Vegetable Garden (Slovenia)

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Welcome to no-dig gardening. This is a tutorial which is written in a form of questions and answers. Questions will lead you on a path, and answers will give further directions. I want to share with you seven years of experience with no-dig gardening which gives abundant yields and improves soil life and quality year… Read more »

The First Permaculture Festival in Italy

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The first permaculture festival in Italy took place from the 5th to the 7th of September, 2014, in the medieval town of Bolsena. The location was awesome. Why a festival? For the simple joy of sharing. And that is what we saw and lived. Discussing with Luca Puri, who had the idea for this great… Read more »

Austin City Council Approves Edible Landscaping on Public Parkland (Texas)

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The Austin City Council unanimously passed an amended version of the Holly Shores Master Plan on the evening of August 28th, which includes Phase One (<1 acre) of the Festival Beach Food Forest! It may sound far-fetched, but the newly-passed, 99-acre Holly Shores Master Plan includes an edible forest garden, free and open to the… Read more »

Kickstarting a Permaculture School for Barbados

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To Sustainability and Beyond! Kickstarting a Permaculture school to teach people how to grow food, repair landscapes and build community. Why an Education Centre for Permaculture? Humanity is more than ever threatened by its own actions; we hear a lot about the need to minimize footprints and to reduce our impact. But what if our… Read more »

Why Silkies Are the Perfect Hens for Small Gardens

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I started my journey with chickens with two lovely ex-battery hens who were so friendly and were real pets. However, they made short shrift of my garden and tended to wander everywhere into other people’s lawns. No matter how often I clipped their wings, they kept getting out. Although I really loved those two characters,… Read more »

Design and Build a Low Maintenance Perennial Fruit and Herb Front Garden (UK)

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Perennial Fruit and Herb Garden Note: The plants listed below are as a guide — it is not a list of edible species. Please refer to culinary fruit and herb text books before using any plants in the kitchen or consuming any plants. Not many people use their front garden. Front gardens are often laid… Read more »

Crowdfunding Your Permaculture Project – Which Type is the Best Fit?

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A crowdfunded planting As many farmers and founders of food-based businesses have discovered, crowdfunding is a tool that can enable you raise anywhere from thousands, to tens of thousands, to hundreds of thousands of dollars to launch projects that might never have gotten off the ground otherwise. But what type of crowdfunding are we talking… Read more »

Air Pruning (video)

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Here is an interesting and simple-to-manage technique that will promote better root growth for your potted plants. It can be applied to plants that will stay permanently in pots or for those that will end up in your garden. Those interested in this should also check out the ‘Air Nursery’ chapter of the Farmers’ Handbook.