Swastikas and Permaculture, Unusual Living Arrangements, and more…

Hi, this is Geoff.

Welcome to this weeks – Five. Let’s jump right in:

Gangsters, Swastikas, and … Permaculture appeals to the mainstream, to the edges, and everything in between. I won’t reveal anything about this story – you have to read it yourself. Incredible.

From sea to land, yet another unusual housing arrangement. Hat tip to Nick Burtner (one of my senior PDC students and Zaytuna Farm intern) for this story about an innovative way of turning two old shipping containers into an off-grid retirement home.

Feeling powerless? Let’s take a cue from a 7-year-old filing a lawsuit against the fossil fuel giants. Yes, A SEVEN YEAR OLD.

“Hardest piece of ground I’ve ever seen…” Memory of a funny exchange between Bill Mollison and I from our time together in Jordan, near the “Greening the Desert” site. A reminder that permaculture really can work anywhere.

Great news from nearby: The local council where I live (Lismore) will be getting a floating solar power station, (a smaller version of what is being built in Japan) and will be the first community solar farm in Australia. They already prefer rural developments to have compost toilets and reed bed grey water systems as preference for approval, so this is another step in the right direction.

Also, all our past and future videos like the Memory Lane clips are here at our new dedicated channel. Some additional surprises on this page in the weeks ahead…

That’s it for this Five – short and sweet as promised.

Your friend,


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Geoff Lawton

Geoff Lawton is a world renowned Permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. He first took his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course in 1983 with Bill Mollison the founder of Permaculture. Geoff has undertaken thousands of jobs teaching, consulting, designing, administering and implementing, in 6 continents and close to 50 countries around the world. Clients have included private individuals, groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, non-government organisations and multinational companies under the not-for-profit organisation. In 1996 Geoff was accredited with the Permaculture Community Services Award by the Permaculture movement for services in Australia and around the world. Geoff's official website is Geoff's Facebook profile can be found here.

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