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Bill Mollison Permaculture Lecture Series On-Line

Bill Mollison Permaculture Lecture Series On-Line
Straw Bale Construction Straw bale construction is gaining worldwide recognition as a viable, high-performance, earth- and people-friendly building technique which utilizes a natural by-product of food production. The Straw Bale Solution is 30-minute video introduction to straw bale building. It offers viewers an excellent look at $1.50 a square foot straw-bale homes in Mexico and the custom high-end straw-bale mansions of Santa Fe... The Straw Bale Solution (#C 01) Building with bales can produce ecological, empowering and affordable housing, and NetWorks' award-winning video provides an entertaining overview of how and why. The Last Straw The Last Straw, the quarterly journal of straw-bale and natural building, began in 1992 with Judy Knox and Matts Myhrman of Out On Bale (un)Ltd at the publishing helm. In 2003, TLS was transfered to, and is now published by the Green Prairie Foundation for Sustainability in Lincoln, Nebraska. Networks still sells back issues (#1-39) of TLS

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Healthy News and Information What if I told you that you can start an edible garden that will continue to produce food year after year with very minimal maintenance, monitoring, and no sowing after the first year (unless you want to diversify). It’s vital that you use open pollinated heirloom seeds to establish this system. Hybrid seeds won’t always produce the same plant that they came from but open pollinated heirlooms will. By using this type of seed you can design a mini food forest in your own yard that will continue to reseed itself year after year. The idea of permaculture is based on the fundamental principle that we should be working with instead of against nature and as it turns out, it can be quite a lot easier to work with than against. A thick cover crop as you can see several examples of in the video above will drown out weeds therefore reducing your need to weed!

How to Cultivate Conditions for Institutional Change "Living Systems and Leadership: Cultivating Conditions for Institutional Change," by Center senior editor Michael K. Stone and executive director Zenobia Barlow, explores the application of Living Systems Theory to institutional and societal change. It draws examples from the Center's work in food systems, especially our work on multiple levels of scale in the Oakland (California) Unified School District. 25 hardy plants for your permaculture vegetable garden Native raspberry It is high in antioxidants and it studies with mice was shown to prevent damage to the liver. Similar taste to commercial raspberries Hardier in this climate than commercial raspberries, can be shawn off at the base whilst in leaf and resprout within weeks (It was accident, but it came back even bushier!) Self-fertile, but more success by layering – takes root where canes touch the ground Tolerates full sun to full shade, but more likely to fruit with sun exposure.

Confronting the Context: Permaculture and Capitalism I’ve written before about the challenges faced by permaculture enterprises. Farms, like other land-based permaculture projects, are faced with the formidable task of regenerating ecosystems and communities, while surviving in a system that rewards the destruction of the same systems. Permaculture projects have to compete with degenerative enterprises and institutions that are happy to take the efficiency ‘bonus’ from unsustainable and exploitative practices. The consequence is that it’s hard for permaculture enterprises to keep costs as low, and therefore people with less of an economic buffer, who have to minimize costs as much as possible, find it hard to support regenerative enterprises as consumers. That’s most of the world, in case you were wondering.

Healthy News and Information by ANDREW MARTIN “The greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone. Systems Thinking One lesson that nature teaches is that everything in the world is connected to other things. John Muir famously wrote, "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe." A system is a set of interrelated elements that make a unified whole. Individual things—like plants, people, schools, watersheds, or economies—are themselves systems and at the same time cannot be fully understood apart from the larger systems in which they exist. Systems thinking is an essential part of schooling for sustainability. A systems approach helps young people understand the complexity of the world around them and encourages them to think in terms of relationships, connectedness, and context.

Companion Planting for Vegetables - Very Edible Gardens What if everyone around you was exactly like you? That sounds to me like some kind of perfect hell. Well the first and foremost rule of companion planting is diversity. There are a lot of books written on this subject, filled with long lists, many of which contradict the other. We say don't get too carried away by matching each plant according to someone's list. Sustainability: Straw bale construction Straw bale construction Peter Lloyd, a recent NBS Technical intern, and Charles Stirling, NBS Technical author, welcome straw bale walling to the mainstream. Now that the rather satirical huffing and puffing references to the ‘Three little pigs’ have come and gone, straw bale construction has come of age. Free Documentary Films Archive - Permaculture Media Blog Permaculture Design for Orphans and Vulnerable Children Programming – Free eBook // May 1st, 2012 // Uncategorized A promising development approach for addressing food and nutrition insecurity for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) is permaculture. In the context of OVC programming, permaculture helps guide communities toward permanent solutions for food and nutrition security, while ensuring that these options exist harmoniously within their environment. The purpose of this technical brief is to provide an overview of permaculture programming as a sustainable, non-donor-dependent tool for improving the health, food, and nutrition security and livelihoods of OVC and their families.