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Can moonlight affect plant growth?

by Guido Masé, originally published by UrbanMoonshine Life on earth would be quite different without our natural satellite. Most would agree that the daily rising and falling of the moon, along with the monthly waxing and waning cycles, have effects on our oceans and seas. The tides are crucial to life: tidal pools, sheltered and […]

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Robin Clayfield

Permaculture Pioneer Robin Clayfield

A little bit about Robin Robin Clayfield is a respected facilitator, trainer, author and musician with a passion for creative, interactive group work, permaculture, deep ecology, transition, empowerment work and ceremony. She taught over 30 PDCs from the late eighties through the nineties, created and taught Advanced Permaculture Creative Teachers Facilitation courses with Skye, led […]

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A History from the Future eBooklet

A History from the Future

Here’s an excerpt from David Holmgren’s A History from the Future – a prelude to his upcoming book RetroSuburbia. A History from the Future: a prosperous way down Long time central Victorian resident and co-originator of the globally influential permaculture concept, David Holmgren draws on his Future Scenarios work to paint a picture of how […]

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Composting scraps

The Constant Composter

Nelson Lebo shares a visual journey and some thoughts about composting, what works and what doesn’t. From his families property in Whanganui NZ the process is ongoing, and it’s not always pretty – from possums to bio-plastic… Composting is often an ongoing process on most permaculture properties. At any given time we will have 3 […]

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Rowe Morrow

Permafund ambassador – Rowe Morrow

Rosemary Morrow became the first Permafund ambassador at the Intentional Permaculture Convergence in London recently. Her long permaculture career has taken many journeys from education and publication to aid and development work, across the globe. Rosemary’s work in countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Uganda, Bosnia and Afghanistan, highlights why we felt she deserved the recognition […]

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Using a drawknife to transform wood

Principle 9: Use Small and Slow Solutions In this guest post, Oliver Holmgren shares the joy and method of using a drawknife. Almost forgotten, this simple and versatile tool has been used for millennia to shape wood. Oliver recently built a fence using traditional methods at Melliodora. Old branches had the sap wood removed to […]

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Cultures, the world over, have made offerings to the spirit world for protection and to give thanks

The Sensitive Permaculturist

Alanna Moore has been a long time advocate of tuning into the subtle energies found in nature to enhance her practical permaculture design. She applies her learning from ancient and traditional cultures, with their grounding in caring for the earth and connection to spirit, in ways that challenge the way we see the physical world. […]

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Making oil tin drawers

Principle 6: Produce No Waste Do it Yourselfer #17 I tend to hang onto stuff for a while in the hope that I can find a use for it. Most of it is stuff that the majority of people would throw out without a second thought. When the stuff builds up to a point when […]

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Taking on Monsanto

The seeds of life are not what they once were Mother Nature and God don’t own them anymore So belts out the veteran singer songwriter Neil Young with Promise of the Real on their title track from his latest album, The Monsanto years. What is the old protest rocker raging about? Monsanto and the war […]

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Michael Green thumbs a ride from Seymour

Adventures in Hitch-hiking

Principle 9: Use Small and Slow Solutions Michael Green often uses his thumb to catch a long distance lift, and carries everything he needs on his back. Waiting near the freeway entrance, with a request for a lift to a nearby city, has proven to be a better technique than waiting on the freeway with […]

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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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