Neil Harris and his Morris 1100EV

An electric car retrofit

Principle 12: Creatively use and respond to change Do it Yourselfer #15 Many people would be surprised to hear that electric cars have been around for a very long time. The first production electric car was designed in London by Thomas Parker and built in 1884. A fleet of electric powered taxis was in operation […]

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Cooking & heating cleanly with wood

Principle 5: Use & value renewable resources & services Do it Yourselfer #14 Typically the biggest consumer of energy in our homes in winter is for heating our living spaces and our hot water supply. We can do this without using high value energy like electricity. Consider this, a heater might use 2000W/h of energy […]

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Sen and Kai enjoy a home grown ‘slinky’

The chemistry of living

Principle 10: Use and value diversity Do it Yourselfer #13 I was never much good at chemistry at school, it was the only subject that I ever failed. I found the periodic table and the combinations of elements overwhelming. Looking back, what I took away from that experience is that when different elements mix together […]

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David Holmgren reviews Inhabit

“the art and beauty of this film will make it attractive to audiences … but it is the substance underlying the beauty and passion that attracts me”   The explosion of doco’s about sustainability in recent year include a fair number that focus on permaculture and I have been interviewed in quite a few. The […]

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Su Dennett prepares boxed veggies for pick-up along with a range of regionally sourced bulk foods

Vote with your money

Principle 4: Apply self-regulation & accept feedback Do it Yourselfer #12 With democracy as the backbone of our society, we are led to believe that voting for a political party is one of the most powerful things that we can do. It’s simple. Find a party that supports your values, and if you are eligible, […]

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Communicating with a Kombi

Principle 4: Apply self-regulation & accept feedback Do it Yourselfer #11 The fourth principle of permaculture, apply self-regulation and accept feedback, is about applying the brakes when things are not going as anticipated. It’s a wake up call, and a call to action. When beginning any project most of us start off with good intentions. […]

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Drying pears while the sun shines

Principle 2: Catch and store energy Do it Yourselfer #10 The transition from summer into autumn is a time of abundance in the permaculture garden. So much so that we sometimes get overwhelmed. We eat some, share some and save some. In order to preserve this abundance we use a number of techniques, including bottling […]

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Kai changing his bike tyre after a run in with <i>bindies</i>.

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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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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Jen Mendez with her daughter exploring the environment

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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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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