The Permaculture Research Institute https://www.permaculturenews.org Permaculture News, Information, Forums, Courses and Worldwide Reports Sun, 25 Oct 2020 21:55:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://www.permaculturenews.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/cropped-permaculture-research-institute-icon-1-32x32.png The Permaculture Research Institute https://www.permaculturenews.org 32 32 Carbon Accounting Isn’t Working https://www.permaculturenews.org/2020/10/26/carbon-accounting-isnt-working/ https://www.permaculturenews.org/2020/10/26/carbon-accounting-isnt-working/#respond Sun, 25 Oct 2020 21:55:34 +0000 https://www.permaculturenews.org/?p=542464 A little while ago I read Climate: a New Story by Charles Eisenstein. This post shares some of what I took away from it and some of the thoughts I had in response to it. The climate movement is engaging the world in the wrong discussion. The problem with focusing on carbon accounting is that …

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Biogas and Carbon Farming – Part 3 https://www.permaculturenews.org/2020/10/23/biogas-and-carbon-farming-part-3/ https://www.permaculturenews.org/2020/10/23/biogas-and-carbon-farming-part-3/#respond Fri, 23 Oct 2020 07:00:53 +0000 https://www.permaculturenews.org/?p=542420 In our three part series we have examined the use of biogas to reduce emissions and drawdown carbon as a tool to address climate change. We looked at some of the factors that make biogas suitable and some of the limitations that might make biogas less than optimal for a specific location or application in …

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A Year in the Life of a Deciduous Tree and Understanding Our Role as Facilitators https://www.permaculturenews.org/2020/10/21/a-year-in-the-life-of-a-deciduous-tree-and-understanding-our-role-as-facilitators/ https://www.permaculturenews.org/2020/10/21/a-year-in-the-life-of-a-deciduous-tree-and-understanding-our-role-as-facilitators/#respond Wed, 21 Oct 2020 07:00:08 +0000 https://www.permaculturenews.org/?p=542414 Unlike other methods of growing food, in permaculture, we try to understand the natural order of things and do our best to mimic it. While different fruit and nut trees have different behaviours, many of them—apple, pear, peach, chestnut, oak, pecan, etc.—are deciduous trees and operate under a similar guise. Therefore, understanding the basic annual …

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The Polyculture Project – Week 5 2020 https://www.permaculturenews.org/2020/10/19/the-polyculture-project-week-5-2020/ https://www.permaculturenews.org/2020/10/19/the-polyculture-project-week-5-2020/#respond Sun, 18 Oct 2020 22:01:07 +0000 https://www.permaculturenews.org/?p=542412 That week flew by and speaking of flying, the first of the Swallows – Hirundo spp. have arrived in town, oblivious to the travel restrictions and quarantined only to earth :) It’s been warm and green here this week with many plants emerging for the sunshine. Here’s some photo’s from the forest garden and what we’ve …

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People power: everyday Australians are building their own renewables projects, and you can too https://www.permaculturenews.org/2020/10/16/people-power-everyday-australians-are-building-their-own-renewables-projects-and-you-can-too/ https://www.permaculturenews.org/2020/10/16/people-power-everyday-australians-are-building-their-own-renewables-projects-and-you-can-too/#respond Thu, 15 Oct 2020 22:36:23 +0000 https://www.permaculturenews.org/?p=542392 Dominique McCollum Coy, Monash University; Roger Dargaville, Monash University, and Shirin Malekpour, Monash University In the town of Goulburn in southern New South Wales, an energy revolution is brewing. The community has come together to build its own 4,000-panel solar farm – everyday citizens are invited to buy shares in the venture and reap the …

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My Little Bokashi Farm https://www.permaculturenews.org/2020/10/13/my-little-bokashi-farm/ https://www.permaculturenews.org/2020/10/13/my-little-bokashi-farm/#respond Tue, 13 Oct 2020 09:12:37 +0000 https://www.permaculturenews.org/?p=542388 Today I’d like to introduce you to my new roommates of eight months. They came as a matter of necessity. They are as yet unnamed and they pay no rent, however they don’t take up a lot of space and they’ve enriched and simplified life for us in many ways. Organic waste containers in our …

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Polyculture Project 2020 – Week 4 https://www.permaculturenews.org/2020/10/11/polyculture-project-2020-week-4/ https://www.permaculturenews.org/2020/10/11/polyculture-project-2020-week-4/#respond Sun, 11 Oct 2020 08:18:04 +0000 https://www.permaculturenews.org/?p=542367 Halfway through April already and with the last of our plant orders out to our customers it’s great to be spending more time in the gardens where everything seems to make perfect sense. Here’s what we’ve been up to in the gardens this week. We spent a morning in Aponia earlier this week. This is …

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The Easiest Most Abundant Food To Grow – Gardening In A Cold Climate https://www.permaculturenews.org/2020/10/08/the-easiest-most-abundant-food-to-grow-gardening-in-a-cold-climate/ https://www.permaculturenews.org/2020/10/08/the-easiest-most-abundant-food-to-grow-gardening-in-a-cold-climate/#respond Thu, 08 Oct 2020 08:50:44 +0000 https://www.permaculturenews.org/?p=542357 In this video I share the easiest and most abundant foods to grow in your garden in a colder climate. If you are gardening across the Northern states of the United States, Canada, Western Europe or similar climates then this information is very applicable to you. However, I also have grow many of these foods …

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The students behind the Permaculture Garden https://www.permaculturenews.org/2020/10/05/the-students-behind-the-permaculture-garden/ https://www.permaculturenews.org/2020/10/05/the-students-behind-the-permaculture-garden/#respond Mon, 05 Oct 2020 01:02:15 +0000 https://www.permaculturenews.org/?p=542276 We hear from one of the students involved in creating the University of Edingburgh’s very own Permaculture garden, the Ecological and Environmental Science with Management student, Lucie Pestiaux. In this period of great uncertainty and instability, many have started to grow food. Around me, I have heard of people living an increasing reconnection to nature …

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The Polyculture Project – Week 3 https://www.permaculturenews.org/2020/10/03/the-polyculture-project-week-3/ https://www.permaculturenews.org/2020/10/03/the-polyculture-project-week-3/#respond Sat, 03 Oct 2020 08:00:46 +0000 https://www.permaculturenews.org/?p=542274 It’s warmed up here in Shipka and it has been a glorious spring week full of blossoms and lush green shoots emerging.  Here are some photos from the forest gardens and what we’ve been up to the last week. Prunus domestica – ‘Čacanska Lepotica’ flowering in our 2-year-old forest garden in Ataraxia. You can find out …

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Biogas & Carbon Farming – Part 2 https://www.permaculturenews.org/2020/10/01/biogas-carbon-farming-part-2/ https://www.permaculturenews.org/2020/10/01/biogas-carbon-farming-part-2/#respond Thu, 01 Oct 2020 08:00:36 +0000 https://www.permaculturenews.org/?p=542263 In the first article in this three part series, we discussed our decision making process to use biogas. In this second article we will discuss using biogas here at Maya Mountain Research Farm through the lens of the 12 Permaculture Principles as outlined by David Holmgren in his book “Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability” …

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Ancient Gardens of the North America https://www.permaculturenews.org/2020/09/29/ancient-gardens-of-the-north-america/ https://www.permaculturenews.org/2020/09/29/ancient-gardens-of-the-north-america/#respond Tue, 29 Sep 2020 08:00:14 +0000 https://www.permaculturenews.org/?p=542261 Native Americans, like many other ancient civilisations, were clued in on the inner-workings of nature. They found ways to harmonise with it, taking advantage of biological cycles and utilising astute observation to make abundance seem almost fortuitous. But, it wasn’t all luck. Sometimes colonisers simply didn’t (and still don’t) recognise the guiding hand behind these …

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