Get back on your bike

Principle 9: Use small and slow solutions Do it Yourselfer #9 The ninth principle of permaculture, use small and slow solutions, reminds us that “slow and steady wins the race”. Living in a country town with a population of about 6,000 gives us access to just about everything that we need within a short distance. […]

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Learning at home

Principle 7: Design from patterns to details Do it Yourselfer #8 Our four and a half year old son Sen learnt to walk, to draw, paint, speak, the alphabet, basic writing, counting to 50 and understand Japanese before going to kinder. He’s learnt that from his family, without the aid of organised classes. It’s easy […]

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Part of a conflict transformation meeting at Chikukwa

The Chikukwa Project

African villagers who turned their lives around “Permaculture actually solves all the problems that we face in human life. So this is considered to be the right approach for us to live – if you want to save the earth.” – Julius Piti The Chikukwa Project is a feel good story out of Africa. For […]

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Principle 1: Observe and interact - Discovering Springtails

Presenting 12 more images illustrating the principles

Twelve fresh images illustrating the principles now feature on the website. These photos were submitted from people around the world and were selected to feature in the 2015 Permaculture Calendar. Each year I add a new collection of images to the website to help give a wider interpretation of how the design principles can be […]

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Asking questions about education

Jen Mendez is a wife, mother, experiential education mentor, and founder of Permie Kids. Jen was invited to write a guest post about her passion for learning and the role that permaculture plays in her approach. She has a M. Ed. in International Education and has worked with children in the U.S. and overseas from […]

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Cherry Plum Purée

Harvest the bounty for later

  Principle 2: Catch and store energy Do it Yourselfer #7 In times of abundance we should be finding ways to ‘catch and store energy’ so that we can use them in times of need, the second principle of permaculture. We might call this ‘investing in the future’ which the proverb make hay while the […]

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Planting by the moon

Principle 1: Observe and interact Do it Yourselfer #6 The cycles of the moon have influenced gardeners from diverse cultures over many centuries. While science may not fully understand why planting by the moon works, anecdotal evidence suggests that it does. Permaculture co-originator David Holmgren’s writes “good design depends on a free and harmonious relationship […]

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Maximising yield from Boysenberries

Principle 3: Obtain a yield Do it Yourselfer #5 The third Permaculture Principle ‘Obtain a Yield’, uses the proverb “you can’t work on an empty stomach” as a way to help illustrate the importance of getting a reward for the work that one does. Rewards can come in many forms. Permaculture activists Ethan Roland and […]

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Making plant guards from scrap

Principle 11: Use edges & value the marginal Do it Yourselfer #4 If Al Qaeda’s threat of disrupting oil imports comes to pass then we will see just how dependent our society has become on refined energy. Australia now imports 90% of it’s oil from overseas, and nearly half of the national refineries have closed […]

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