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Geoff Lawton's New Permaculture Masterclass and PDC And it gets even better, even if you don't want to take a full PDC you can have a free 2.5 hour permaculture master class as an introduction for free. Check out these free videos, you are going to love them… And once you have a look at those you may want to sign up for the new online PDC while enrollment is open.

Elderberry Everything: wine, vinegar, medicine + more If you forage just one thing from the wilds each year, please let it be elderberry. Free medicine, wine and dessert vinegar could all be yours. Such an incredible plant! Native to most of Europe and north America, elder is a spindly stemmed, fast-growing deciduous shrub that flowers wildly in spring, followed by deep black clusters of berries.

My keyhole garden bed Sometime over the winter I've stumbled over a post describing the approach known as "keyhole gardens". You can find the details here, but in a nutshell, this is a practice of building self-sustainable garden beds in small spaces. The sustainable part comes from a composting "tower" in the center of any keyhole garden.

Free Time The above is a picture from 2015, before I retired, when I thought retirement would bring me more "free time" to spend communing with nature and such things. Instead I find that there is no such thing as free time as it always has an associated cost. What I do have is discretion in how I use my time - mostly.

Reflections on fire - February 2019 Before moving to Hepburn in 1985 I had assessed the town as the most fire vulnerable I had seen in Victoria but I was confident we could build a bushfire resistant house, and fire retardant permaculture landscape on our property, where we could stay and defend through the worst case scenarios.

Permaculture group planning a seed swap The Valley Permaculture Guild is hosting its fourth annual Seedy Saturday on March 9, at 10 a.m. at The Local Harvest Market.

Episode-2385 - Ben Falk on Zone 4 Permaculture Design He joins us today to discuss zone 4 permaculture. Designing managed forests that are designed more for wildlife and foraging then for agricultural purposes. Resources for today's show… Sponsors of the Day. Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man's opinion, not a lecture or sermon.

New research shows an organically farmed Europe can provide a healthy diet But action is needed now. The next 10 years will be critical in engaging Europe in this agroecological transition. Rob Percival, head of food policy at the Soil Association said; "Pesticide-hungry intensive production is not the only way to feed a growing population.

Getting creative with rubbish Some time ago Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust acquired an old caravan which was certainly past its best but had a bit of life in it yet.

The Basics of Permaculture "Fair share," or the return or surplus to earth and people. How would you briefly explain permaculture to an absolute newbie? Permaculture is a way to design human habitats. It's a design system that gives us tools and a framework to make decisions.

Umuntu Movement Zimbabwe's donated parcel detained by Zimra The Umuntu Movement Zimbabwe Trust a permaculture organization in Bulawayo received a donation of fruit tree seeds from a donor from Pakistan. The donor agenda was to empower the organization and local communities through the planting of trees. The trees will produce fruits, oxygen, and afforestation.

Session on permaculture espouses green goals TIE Bhubaneswar and eChai Bhubaneswar Chapter organised a session on 'Collaborative Growth: The Permaculture Way' at BOCCA Cafe, Master Canteen, here Monday. The session was graced by speakers like Rakesh, an expert on Permaculture from London and Dario, an expert in the same field from Italy.

Planning Approved for Sustainability Centre in Hampshire The Sustainability Centre needs your help and support. Please donate money if you can; share this post and tell everyone you know; get your school or workplace involved; go to their fundraising events or organise one of your own. Find out more and download a fundraising pack from their website

How I'm Gonna Shoot my PIGS Safely + Humanely Click on the video’s title to join the conversation on YouTube! Less than two weeks away from the Pig Harvest so we had a certified NRA instructor teach us the basics in safe handling and how to dispatch these pigs in the most humane way possible.

15 Herbs You Can Grow Indoors Herbs are easy to grow and have many great health benefits, we can use them in the kitchen, for making refreshing teas, or as natural remedies to make us feel better. Herbs can be grown in all spaces, from the smallest balcony to the biggest garden. There are herbs suitable for growing in dry areas, wet areas, shade or sun.

Wilding the land We want to wild the land. And that means trees. Lots of them. Woodland Trust are taking applications now for grants for the November 2019 to March 2020 planting season. It's pretty amazing to me that they will help with up to 60% of the cost of planting mixed, deciduous woodland, as well as providing advice and tree protection.

Creating a Forest Garden For years I've been fascinated by the concept of forest gardening. Elderberries grow in our woods, along with nut trees. But we've had little luck seeding logs with mushroom spores, getting ginseng to grow, or fostering the growth of berry bushes in partial shade.

Presenting at the Orlando Permaculture Meeting I had the pleasure of recently giving a presentation on the history of the solid waste industry at the Orlando Permaculture meeting Tuesday night. It wasn't easy following #GreenCelebrity Rob Greenfield's presentation, in which he spoke about his current project of only eating food that he's grown or foraged.

Permaculture Advice For Beginners Trying something for the first time can be intimidating, especially when it's something as big as learning how to live off your land. But like with any new adventure you shouldn't bite off too much at once. Instead, it's better to take the time to properly plan and educate yourself on what it will take to begin living a permaculture lifestyle.

Growing Turmeric in the Ground in Temperate Climates In the previous article Growing Turmeric in Containers in Temperate Climates, I mentioned that I had also discovered a temperate climate technique for growing turmeric in the ground.

New Vegetable Bed My Nematode issue in my primary vegetable bed means I can't plant tomatoes and peppers there this year. But skip them entirely? Blasphemy. Far better to convert more yard to garden. Here's the before picture of an ugly corner of my yard, where the shed meets the awful metal / chain link fence.

Down to Earth Permaculture is also a way of creating systems and designs that emulate nature and is tightly spun around its 12 design principles, which can be applied to everyday living. The underpinnings of this design are firmly hinged on the non-negotiable rules: Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share.

6th Annual Fruit Tree Scion Exchange: The LoCO Lowdown Humboldt County's homepage.

If You Love It, Let It Go. I've said repeatedly that the Florida climate can be cruel. At the same time, it can be a haven for anything with the fortitude and constitution. There are always points where I can't keep up with things as I should or where I just step back a pace to observe and see what might happen.

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