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European Permaculture Convergence 2018 For the first time, the European Permaculture Convergence is coming to Ireland, and will be held at Knockree Hostel, Enniskerry, County Wicklow from the 8th to 13th August 2018. The EUPC is a 5 day celebration of permaculture, primarily aimed at, but not limited to PDC holders.

What Do you Choose? "The leading edge of evolution of the human species is our capacity to look at impossible repression and violence and to courageously and imaginatively bring compassion and the re-weaving of complex oneness to bear. That's the hardest thing to do: to proclaim kinship and interdependence in the face off all that ugliness and win-lose thinking.

Castrating + EATING bull Balls Click on the video's title to join the conversation on YouTube! By far, the hardest job on the farm, but we just gotta do it. Now, to show respect we eat the fruit of the labor. NOTE: Yes, some of those links above are affiliate links. What? Well, that just means I get a small commission if you actually click through that link and buy something.

Mourne international walking festival June 2018 This internationally recognised walking festival offers walkers, of all levels of fitness, stunning routes in the Mourne Mountains and surrounding countryside. These routes vary between 10k and 40k at both high and low level.

Australia New Zealand Biochar Conference 2018 "Building Viable Biochar Industries" Agriculture - Bioenergy - Building - Minerals and Metals Processing - Waste Management - Water Filtration and Environmental Management. Date: August 14-16, 2018. Location: Southern Cross University, GOLD COAST CAMPUS, Southern Cross Drive, BILINGA QLD 4225,

How to preserve tomatoes using the fowler vacola system There are many* variations on how to preserve tomatoes, this is how we do it using the fowler vacola system. If you have a better way, we're very happy to hear about it :-).

Garden Party! My mother, who is not only a very wise woman but also an accomplished off-gridder and carpenter, extolled recently the virtues of gardening to break up the hardships of construction work. It seems she's right.

My 1,200 pound BULL ESCAPED! Click on the video's title to join the conversation on YouTube! Our bull, Stud Muffin, escaped. I couldn't believe the ravine he crossed to make that happen. It's gonna be tricky getting him back in, but we gotta do it. NOTE: Yes, some of those links above are affiliate links.

Building a Better Foundation: Using Cover Crops to Improve Soil I had the opportunity to attend a soil-building workshop given by John Moody at the Mother Earth News Fair last September. My dad went with me, both of us listening intently to tried-and-tested methods to give our gardens the best possible start. My dad fights with clay and poorly draining soils.

From Big City Kuala Lumpur to Rural Kampung, Chalin Food Forest Malaysia might not be a country that is known for permaculture, but many of the tropical ancestral practices of our forefathers reveal wisdom and the interconnection of humans and nature.

A Northerner's Adventures in Sub-Tropical Gardening: Prelude to Insanity A recent extended family visit let me focus on a few things that I haven't been able to in a while. It also reminded me that I need to remember to take my own advice. Burnout has been setting in for a long time, and something needed to be done to alleviate that.

Spring Cleaning & Planting Work Party! The Vic West Food Security Collective acknowledges that the City of Victoria is located on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen Nation. The Songhees and Esquimalt Nations are part of the Coast Salish family and are descendants of the Lekwungen family groups.

ONE thing that makes farming worth it Click on the video's title to join the conversation on YouTube! Why does this family work so hard on their farm? How do the kids get up early every day to do mundane chores. Why is it worth it to move the cows every day and milk those tiny teats? Well, let's find out… ↓↓↓↓↓↓ CLICK "SHOW MORE" FOR RESOURCES ↓↓↓↓↓↓↓.

Sprung I have to admit, this is the first time I've put serious effort into starting plants indoors. Previously my initiative was haphazard.

Amazing Apples These days when we hear the term apple we sometimes have thoughts of the latest iPhone or what the hottest album on iTunes is. Perhaps if you're a 90's fan, the line Matt Damon delivers in Good Will Hunting "How do you like them apples?" is what pops into your head.

Selfcare & First Aid #inthegarden Chanchal Cabrera is delightfully encyclopedic! Her descriptions of medicinal herbs are vivid and easy to absorb. Her knowledge of home-gardening, horticultural therapy and sustainable medicine is extensive! Tune into her session in the 2018 Plant Medicine Summit.

Halloumi Adventures It's that delicious point in the year - vernal equinox. The time of year when day is equal to night. Yet there is still snow on the ground. It's been a harder winter than usual, with more snow here than in a fair few years.

Growing Food in Small Spaces / Permaculture 101 Last Saturday I had the great opportunity to teach "growing food in small spaces / permaculture 101" at UBC-Farm School of Sustainable Food Systems.

Meet us at the Homesteaders of America Conference! Tickets are $15 OFF in March, so if you know you are going, get them now! Use the code: SPRINGHOA. See you there!

Permaculture Oasis Tour with Jenny Allen and Morag Gamble Come walk through my good friend, Jenny Allen's permaculture oasis with me in this new film. Jenny is a permaculture designer, teacher and author. She designed and established her 3 acre permaculture property near Maleny in Queensland, Australia over 20 years ago and over the years it has grown and evolved with her changing needs, energy and life.

Remarkable Rhubarb Eat the stalks, not the leaves! Wise words to adhere to when you're going for the over-the-top tart perennial known as rhubarb. This member of the Polygonaceae family has perfectly edible stalks that look similar to celery, but has leaves that are quite poisonous.

Bizarre History: Frankenstein's Monster was Modern Pesticides and Herbicides - Seriously Frankenstein's Monster was modern pesticides and herbicides. File this away under: Life is stranger than fiction and you can't make this sh*t up. In a few month's time, we will be launching a new project: Research-Based Permaculture, which will delve into the scientific basis for various Permaculture patterns.

Early Registration for 2018 Community Supported Gardening Program Ends this Weekend! Permaculture, Restoration, Forest Gardening. Come join us in our garden for a summer of fun!

Why we named the Cow we're gonna Eat Click on the video's title to join the conversation on YouTube! Great question… Our first response seems too simple, "we've got to refer to them as something". And, it turns out there's a MUCH deeper answer that sheds light on why we do what we do. NOTE: Yes, some of those links above are affiliate links.

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