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Books on Growing Healthy Fruit: Holistic Orchard Network with Michael Phillips Retail Price $49.95 Network Special $40 Running Time 5 hours Every farm and homestead can enjoy the timeless pleasure of a fruit orchard. You do this by emphasizing biological health and diversity -- from the microscopic fungi in the soil to the beneficial insects, companion plants, and wildlife that together form a complete and living orchard ecosystem. Michael Phillips shows how in this 'dvd walk' through the orchard year. See basic horticultural skills demonstrated, from grafting and tree planting to the right mulch and pest management. Multi-Rain Barrel System I’ve been wanting to build a rain barrel system for a long time! I wanted something that would store a a large volume of water that can be used in the garden during the long periods without rain. I also wanted to build it in a way that it’s expandable. In other words, I wanted to add to it over time to make it larger for storing more water for even longer dry spells. Here’s what I came up with: Dual Rain Barrel

Deep Green Permaculture This is guide to everyone out there who want to learn about creating their own sustainable, organic gardens, no matter where they live! The focus is on practical skills and DIY (do-it-yourself) instructions that anyone can follow, articles will be added on a regular basis on a range of gardening topics and projects… so, give it a go, and hope you enjoy this site. I’ve also included a section on the design, construction and progress of my own garden, hopefully to provide ideas and inspiration to people out there of what is actually possible. Contact Details: If you have any comments, queries, feedback or requests for articles, please feel free to contact me at

Introduction to Permaculture - 40 hours of Free video lectures Permaculture means 'permanent culture,' (or 'permanent agriculture') and ...'is the conscious design and maintenance of cultivated ecosystems that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of a natural ecosystem.' (Bill Mollison) This course will explore, through lectures, discussions, field trips, and required projects, a design/thinking methodology that seeks to profide for our physical needs, food, water, shelter, energy, etc., while doing so in an environmentally friendly, sustainable manner. Download all lectures for Free here:

Permaculture Fundamentals Permaculture Principles Modern agriculture has entirely neglected the idea of ecology in its quest to mechanize food production, bringing forth the issues we see today of poor soil quality, topsoil loss, biodiversity loss, and more. Learning about ecology allows us to develop ways to reverse these issues, increasing soil quality, building topsoil, and encouraging biodiversity growth. Succession is one of the basic principles in ecology, and is key to managing food systems in a sustainable way. Larry explains ecological solutions in permaculture, such as the role of weeds in succession, and focuses on positive, solution-oriented perspectives. He touches on taking public action for things you believe in, Fukuoka’s methods for building and healing the soil, and methods in forest gardening.

Fukuoka's Food Forest Mandarin orange, a main crop of Fukuoka’s food forest. At one time he was shipping an impressive 90 tons of citrus fruit annually Many of us in the permaculture and organic movements have read Japanese farmer Masanobu Fukuoka’s One Straw Revolution, which lays out his ingenious (though hard to replicate) no-till organic rice production system. I was surprised and pleased when, in my job as librarian for the New England Small Farm Institute in the late 1990s, I stumbled on his Natural Way of Farming, a translation of his 1976 book Shizen Noho. At that time he had already been running his orchard as an organic polyculture food forest for over three decades — since the 1940s! Natural Way of Farming offers much detail about Fukuoka’s methods of grain, vegetable, and fruit production.

Propagating and Starting Potatoes Sunday, 13 March 2011 10:35 Seeds growing from seed is almost unknown (GV) seed potatoes, which are small potatoes saved from last season's crop are the preferred method of starting potatoes Seed Potatoes The Lowdown and Dirty on Permablitzing The Lowdown and Dirty on Permablitzing Details Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 09:10 Published on Monday, 10 July 2006 00:00 On this page: Permaculture / Organic Farming - Documentary Films Archive // May 1st, 2012 // agriculture With information on mushroom cultivation, sowing a fruit forest, alternative ways to keep livestock, and more… Sepp Holzer farms steep mountainsides in Austria 1,500 meters above sea level. His farm is an intricate network of terraces, raised beds, ponds, waterways and tracks, well covered with productive fruit trees and other vegetation, with the farmhouse neatly nestling amongst them.

Can you Restore Land and Produce Food in the Same Place? Five Ways to Help the Natural World by Growing Food We are going to continue to restore the land at Whaelghinbran Farm by growing more food there. We are going to think carefully about how, when, where and why we grow food so that our food system will benefit many of the wild plants and animals that are losing places to live and prosper in New Brunswick. Soil Structure & Composition Sunday, 06 June 2010 07:35 The Plant Lady Living Matter Mostly in the top 4" of the soil. Good guys & bad guys...but large volume & diversity control the trouble makers by making it a competive environment for resources.

Permaculture (How to Design Systems for Sustainable, Community Living) – Bill Mollison « Only Ed Posted16 September 2011, by Staff, Sterling Insights, Permaculture (permanent agriculture/culture) is the use of Ecology as the basis for designing integrated systems of food production, housing, technology, & community development. The objective is to produce an efficient, low-maintenance, productive integration of plants, structures & people, to obtain on-site stability & food self-sufficiency in the smallest practical area. See also: Bruce Charles ‘Bill’ Mollison (born 1928 in Tasmania, Australia) is a researcher, author, scientist, teacher and naturalist. He is considered to be the ‘father of permaculture‘, an integrated system of design, co-developed with David Holmgren, that encompasses not only agriculture, horticulture, architecture and ecology, but also economic systems, land access strategies and legal systems for businesses and communities.

The Food Forest Card Game You probably already know that I am in “shameless self-promotion” mode with the Food Forest card game. Fortunately for all of us, the campaign will soon be drawing to a successful close! The game will eventually be available to the general public but this is the last call for now. If you know anyone who wants a copy, or to show their support, please spread the word. Any final pledges will make our job a whole lot easier!