Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
In Transition 1.0 from Transition Towns on Vimeo.
Opposite a popular club car park in a back lane in Enmore, Sydney, a herb fence has been created from discarded or very low cost materials. This will not only provide fresh herbs for the people living in the house, but also something to think about for the many people who walk down the lane.
Michele Margolis from http://www.permacultureprinciples.com/photolog_principles_11.php?picture_id=177
NC State University provides over 40 hours of FREE video lectures on permaculture. Truly an invaluable resource for all those interested in experiencing a permaculture course. Watch the entire course online. Brand new and updated. Thoroughly recommended.
- Permaculture is the "NEW" culture. (shellpetal.wordpress.com)
- Permaculturalists Get Social: Worldwide Permaculture Network Launches (permaculturepower.wordpress.com)
- Permaculture: Going back to the land (permaculturepower.wordpress.com)
- Permaculture ethics: Why permaculture is different (energybulletin.net)
- Permaculture: the ethics of gardening (echopen.wordpress.com)
- Permaculture Guilds (permaculturepower.wordpress.com)
- Permaculture in Mayan communities: "just what I learned from my grandmother" (livingseedcompany.wordpress.com)
Here's a link to the archives, with the most recent at the top:
And here's this week's: pnu_100628.mp3
Shared Earth the Largest Community Garden on the Planet!
We wanted to confront people with the meaning and logical conclusion of the promise of endless economic growth. We used a hamster to illustrate what would happen if there were no limits to growth because they double in size each week before reaching maturity at around 6 weeks. But if a hamster grew at the same rate until its first birthday, wed be looking at a nine billion tonne hamster, which ate more than a years worth of world maize production every day. There are reasons in nature, why things dont grow indefinitely. As things are in nature, sooner or later, so they must be in the economy. As economic growth rises, we are pushing the planet ever closer to, and beyond some very real environmental limits. With every doubling in the global economy we use the equivalent in resources of all of the previous doublings combined.
Concept, script and narration: Andrew Simms
This is infact three short (about 15 minutes) documentaries! 1) Robert Hart's Forest Garden Find out loads anout what forest gardening is, and how to make your own! 2)Edible Landscapes Second is an amazing case study about Rural Permaculture in Britain, showcasing loads of amazing edible plants adn aquaculture and flowers, as well as fantastic medicinal plants. Look out for a cure for female infertility that's dropped in here! 3) Urban Permaculture This is a brilliant and inspiring documentary of permaculture techniques used effectively in an urban back garden. WIth little more than 2 hours of work a week, this couple produce about a fifth of their food intake!
Entrepreneurial mycologist Paul Stamets seeks to rescue the study of mushrooms from forest gourmets and psychedelic warlords. The focus of Stamets' research is the Northwest's native fungal genome, mycelium, but along the way he has filed 22 patents for mushroom-related technologies, including pesticidal fungi that trick insects into eating them, and mushrooms that can break down the neurotoxins used in nerve gas.
If you're looking at inspiration to get your ideas going for a home you'd like to build, watch this. A home should be as much a product of your own imagination as the contents it houses. As one comment from the film states:
"In a time, with a much stronger individual consciousness; it is even more important that [the individual consciousness], is somehow reflected in the buildings, and the spaces in which we live in. It may be through art, or the way we design, or the way we build; but if we just use the materials or whatever is on the shelf, we kind of limit ourselves to that; and I think that these homes, they show that you can do so much more.
It's letting our own creativity be a part of this whole process, and that in the end, it becomes a true reflection of ourselves."
- Bill Mollison & Masanobu Fukuoka
An educational video on no-till synergistic gardening that describes the step-by-step processes developed by Emilia Hazelip to create an ecological agriculture. She became interested in Fukuoka's work in 1977 and this video shows the cultural and climatological adaptations she has developed in the course of years of research. A synergistic garden is an ecosystem that is consciously designed to allow all the dynamic life forms present in a wild soil to remain present while still growing crops (on whatever scale). It is that simple. But that's not the view commonly held in the sphere of science or in the politics of agribusiness which rule France. Emilia exclaims passionately: "The living world is not understood by the technician, and since it is not understood, it is not studied for its diversity. People always want to apply mechanical laws to it." Very practical, highly recommended
A 16 page summary of permaculture concept and principles taken from Permaculture Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability by David Holmgren.
The full DVD is available from www.holmgren.com.au or www.permacultureprinciples.com
In This introductory video to Permaculture, Bill Mollison, the movements co-founder, takes the viewer through the history and developments of the movement. With startelingly laconic humour adn insight he deconstructs the modern agribusiness and the 'modern plague' : manicured ornamental lawns. In this video he offers an antidote, whihc is an anti-dote, which is an antidote to both our currently unsustainable practices AND our unsustainable culture. Both of these have to change, to adapt. Permanently. Here's how...
The first of Bill Mollison's Temperate Permaculture Strategies, from his Global Permaculture Strategies series.
From the YouTube Description:
Permaculture in cool climates with Bill Mollison, to find out more about Bill and his work please visit; http://www.tagari.com
- Regenerative Permaculture with Darren Doherty (permaculturesendaverde.blogspot.com)
- Permaculture - Can One Thing Really Lead To Another? (thegoodhuman.com)
- Senda Verde welcomed the first volunteers during July. (permaculturesendaverde.blogspot.com)
- Planting? Think "Permaculture" with Gaia's Garden: Second Edition (chelseagreen.com)
- Why Permaculture Design? (energybulletin.net)
- Suburban Permaculture: Neighborhood Watch as the Key to Resilient Community? (Video) (treehugger.com)
- Working Bee 29th August (socialactions.net)
- Eat Outings: August 9 (timeoutny.com)
- Sepp Holzer: A Permaculture Worldchanger (worldchanging.com)
- permaculture training course in trinidad (greenantilles.com)
David Holmgren is co-originator (with Bill Mollison) of the permaculture concept and author of the recent book, PERMACULTURE: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability. He talks about the need to move beyond the lulling hope that 'green tech' breakthroughs will allow world-wide 'sustainable consumption' to the recognition that dwindling oil supplies inevitably mean a mandatory 'energy descent' for human civilization across the planet. He argues that permaculture principles provide the best guide to a peaceful societal 'powering down."
Written by Rosemary Morrow and Illustrated by Susan Girard
Download it here for free:
The future is abundant, asserts permaculture designer Larry Santoyo. His vision of living in the present provides a wonderful antidote to fear about uncertain futures. People need to rediscover that we're part of the ecosystem, and apply permaculture design principles to the many problems we face. Larry teaches sustainable permaculture design as a discovery of the world around us. He notes that trying to be self-sufficient is really anti-permaculture. Instead, we need to develop self-reliance skills. Then as we find others in our communities to interact with, everybody gets to play! http://www.earthflow.com
Permaculture and Time with Geoff Lawton. In this Machinima animated short film, meet the virtual Geoff Lawton as he takes us on a visual journey from discovering a meaningful activity to an expanded perception of time.
Created by Astral Jester Films and produced by The PermaScience Team with the real life voice of International Permaculture Guru Geoff Lawton. All set to the cyber subtropical rainforest back drop of Northern New South Wales, Australia.
Audio taken from interview with Geoff Lawton by Jill Cloutier for Sustainable World Radio www.sustainableworldradio.com
To find out more about the work of Geoff Lawton you can visit: http://www.permaculture.org.au
To find out more about the Global Permaculture Movement you can visit : http://www.permacultureplanet.com
Thaddeus discusses the basics of the Permaculture vision for transforming a consumerist society into one that encourages everyone to produce some of their own needs.
This talk explains the permaculture ethics, history, worldwide movement, and local community efforts that are taking place right now.
Sustainable agriculture is discussed on both a farm and household scale with real world examples of permaculture installations and design principles found in the Midwest.
Perennial crops, the backbone of permaculture systems are shown as energy sources for fuel production.
The brand new concept of Financial Permaculture, the bringing together of natural systems thinkers with money systems thinkers is explained along with an example of how it would apply to one Michigan county.
Tom from the Renengade Health Show explains the permaculture principles that have gone into the creation his 1/2 acre suburban garden. You can do this literally anywhere!
In summer 2006 Judy Alexander embarked on an experiment to see how much food she could grow, and how many neighbors could benefit, from the garden around her house. Check out her homegrown rainwater collection and irrigation system - watering her 60+ edible crops. Meet the bees, the chickens and the worms. And catch her joy in producing so much food for so little effort.
Geoff Lawton "Tells it How It Is" and talks about the Jordan Project.
For more information about Geoff and his work you can visit www.permaculture.org.au
POST EDIT: I'm afraid this video has been marked as "Private" and I can't show it on this site, however you can still view it on YouTube. This is a recommended message from Geoff Lawton, so please, do follow this link and hear this idea:
In this audio visual capsule review, revisit the renowned "Greening the Desert" project, with recent footage from the original site and the new Jordan Valley Permaculture Project.
To find out more about "Greening the Desert" and Geoff Lawton, you can visit http://permaculture.org.au
To find out more about the Global Permaculture movement, you can visit http://www.permacultureplanet.com
And they said it couldn't be done! This is inspiring, practical work - the kind of work that should be encouraged, supported and emulated worldwide. It is the ultimate root-cause type of aid work. It's the kind of thing that makes phrases like "Solidarity Not Charity" something to consider
Chickens are your much needed partners in controlling pests such as fruit fly when your Food Forest System is being established. From Geoff Lawton's new DVD "Establishing a Food Forest - The Permaculture Way"
More info: www.ecofilms.com.au
This is one of the little extras from the DVD "Establishing a Food Forest" with Permaculture teacher Geoff Lawton. Whilst Geoff was in Vietnam he discovered a 300 year old Food Forest built on 2 acres of land and still functioning well in the same family 28 generations later.
More info: www.ecofilms.com.au
Quoted from their About page:
Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. Without permanent agriculture there is no possibility of a stable social order.
Permaculture design is a system of assembling conceptual, material, and strategic components in a pattern which functions to benefit life in all its forms.
The philosophy behind permaculture is one of working with, rather than against, nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless action; of looking at systems in all their functions, rather than asking only one yield of them; and allowing systems to demonstrate their own evolutions.