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By Konrad

Food Forest: A Short Film Published By National Geographic

National Geographic published a short film about a food forest in the UK:  “UK-based Martin Crawford is one of the pioneers of forest gardening. Starting out with a flat field in 1994, his land has been transformed into a woodland and serves as an educational resource for others interested in forest gardening. This short film […]

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By Chrissy-Tiina Laurikainen

Are These Potent Inhibitors of Coronavirus in Your Kitchen Garden?

In this post, we use peer-reviewed journal articles to understand how a collection of edible plants help generate immunity to coronavirus (COVID-19) & other serious viruses.

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By Chrissy-Tiina Laurikainen

DIY Worm Farm – Vermicast, Worm-Juice, Soil Life & More!

Picture diary – building a worm-farm to collect vermicast & worm-juice.

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By Konrad

From Grassland To Food Forest

So how to we actually start from ground up? In this short video Ian Trew walks through various stages in establishing a food forest and explains the process of how we actually help to speed up changing grassland into food forest.   More FREE Videos Watch our free permaculture course introduction here: WATCH HERE  

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By Konrad

Planting in Guilds – An Example

In this video Ian Trew explains why we should be planting in guilds to accelerate growth of the main plant we want to grow fast – a citrus tree in this case. The little fruit tree is getting shade by the popcorn acacias around, who protect the little fella until he can rise and produce […]

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By Konrad

How To Start Your Food Forest: Ground Cover

How to start a Food Forest In this video Ian Trew walks us through the steps on how to start a food forest in sub-tropics or tropics. In this example we’re using bananas to start our food forest. Bananas grow very quick and provide a lot of shade within the first 12 months of growth […]

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By Chrissy-Tiina Laurikainen

Turmeric

How to process TURMERIC and it’s active ingredient CURCUMIN.

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By Trent chaffey

10 Windbreak trees for the Sunshine Coast

10 Wind Break Trees For The Sunshine Coast 1- Hibiscus Tiliaceus ( Cotton Tree) used for rope making and the bark for infusion for antiseptic 2- Pandanus ( Bush tucker fruit growing to 40cm wide) 3- Syzygium luehmannii (Bright Red Edible Fruit) 4- Bottle brushes (Good for bees and Birds) 5- Olive Trees ( Great […]

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By Curtis Morton

10 Windbreak Trees For Central Coast NSW

I believe these trees are all high-emergent strata trees (except coastal banksia may function as medium–I’m not sure). More could be said for lower strata plants, but here are 10 upper strata trees: tallow wood (Eucalyptus microcorys) fencing timber turpentine (Syncarpia glomerulifera) construction and marine infrastructure timber crop Casuarina glauca (swamp oak) native support species, […]

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By Nathan Chester

10 wind break tree species for Brisbane, South East Queensland (SE QLD), Australia

Which wind breaking tree species to use in South East QLD? Here’s a list of 10 great wind break species for Brisbane / South East Queensland.

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By Heidi Smith

10 best windbreak species for South-East Queensland, Australia

The 10 best windbreak species for South-East Queensland, Australia.  See the list below, with each plant name and use case.   Lilly Pilly’s food and bird/ bee attractant  Lomandra grasses for underplanting  Bottle brushes bird/ bee attractant, firewood  Olive Trees food  Manuka / tea trees: Medicinal, firewood  Blackwood timber/ furniture, firewood  Queensland Wattle tree tall/ […]

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By lorraine caddy

Homemade Laundry Soap

Making laundry soap at home is easy. Check out the video tutorial with step-by-step guide by Lorraine.

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By Lisa

Wind Protection: Local native plants Tilligerry area

10 native plant species for wind breaks in the local/Tilligerry area + helpful attributes: 1. Melaleuca hypericifolia (Hillock Bush) – flowers / pollinators 2. Omalanthus populifolius (Bleeding Heart) – ornamental garden plant (beauty) 3. Cupaniopsis anacardioides (Tuckeroo) – Street tree, Decorative fruit, Erosion control, Fast growing 4. Exocarpos cupressiformis (Native cherry) – The timber was […]

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By Lucas OReilly

Garden bed building

Hi team, I built our garden beds here by taking off the grass first and moving top soil to the side then added some moreton bay fig mulch and sticks then organic sugar cane nitro raw cut mulch then some grass clipping compost.. I then added top soil back on and mulch on top. Our […]

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By Lucas OReilly

10 Windbreak species for Coolgardie, NSW

Very windy up here at times so shelter and wind breaks are much needed! Passionfruit vines = beautiful fruit great distance covered for shelter in summer and lets light through when leaves die off. Lilly pilly Acmena Smithii = thick and lush pleasant to look at. Fejoa hedges Acca Selliana= hardy ever green leathery leaves […]

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By Chrissy-Tiina Laurikainen

Using Soil Tinctures to = “Feed The Soil, Not The Plant”.

Healthy plants look great, produce high quality produce, repel pests (via volatile organic compounds) & more.  To sustain health, they require a wide range of nutrients, much more than NPK – nitrogen, phosphorus & potassium.  The basic nutrients (biochemical sequence) are used in the order… Boron, which activates: Silicon, which carries all other nutrients, starting […]

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By David Mark

WIND BREAK SPECIES OF ISRAEL

Date Palm – Edible Black Mulberry – Edible Myrtle – Incense Oak – Firewood Pine – Aesthetic, Carob – Edible Olive – Edible, oil Rose Bushes – Aesthetic, fragrants Pomegranate Trees –  Edible

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By David Mark

My son’s donkey has become an integral part of our garden

My son has spent the better part of the last year bothering me to buy him a donkey.  He is not your typical 13 year old boy.  He shuns TV and video games and spends his time on the sheep farm just outside of our community where he helps graze the sheep (I do as […]

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By Konrad

Next residential PDC course on the Sunshine Coast, Australia, August 2020

Thought about doing a residential PDC course this year? The next 12-day Permaculture Design Certificate course: 21 Aug – 01 Sep, 2020. The PDC course is run at the Noosa Forest Retreat in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, QLD Australia. PDC teachers: Ian Trew and Christina Laurikainen Exciting guest presenters on specialty topics like urban permaculture […]

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By Lesley-Caron Veater

Wind Breaks for Geelong Victoria

Wind Break Species for Geelong, Victoria   Species Benefits/other uses   Lilly Pilly (Acmena Smithii)   Fast growing; shade or sun; drought tolerant; edible berries.   Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia Citriodora)     Tolerates cold to temperate climates; edible leaves, essential oil   Clumping bamboo (Schizostachyum Zollingeri)     Fast growing in sunny spot; doesn’t need […]

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By Chrissy-Tiina Laurikainen

Insight Into Permaculture Communities, the ‘Permaculture Design Certificate’ (PDC) Course & Work-Exchange (WWOOF).

How to develop an idea, business or property by teaching permaculture…with little or no money. That’s if you don’t choose a free-living lifestyle & become a world traveller instead!

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By Chrissy-Tiina Laurikainen

Free Electricity from Compost – DIY Earth Battery.

Bacteria produce electricity. This article explains how they do it & shows you what you need to produce free electricity from compost, garden soil, potted plants, wormfarms, greywater systems, blackwater systems, aquatic plants…bacteria!

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By Chrissy-Tiina Laurikainen

The Golden Spiral & it’s Application in Natural Building ∞ DIY Wood-Fired Pizza & Hot Smoking Earth Oven

How to PLAN, BUILD & USE a wood-fired oven with locally sourced natural materials.

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By Beayan Deangelez

Nutritional Diversity Diet, The Sister to Permaculture, The Way Humans Evolved

Down in the Republic of Panama, a small group has embarked on a journey of a more internal nature, eating a highly diverse set of plant species specifically from permacultures, and testing the effects athletically. They are calling it the Nutritional Diversity Diet, and the results they are recording are nothing short of breathtaking, and […]

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By Kayla-Teri Hofer

Gratitude!!!

Hi to all like-minded holistic persons,   What a lovely Permaculture Course Introduction. It was short, sweet and educational. There was just the right amount of valuable information in the free introductory course to get you thinking and to keep you wanting more. I have just recently completed my Holistic Life Coaching Certification. I have […]

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By Chrissy-Tiina Laurikainen

What is Permaculture & How Can it Meet Our Needs?

A collaborative brainstorm exploring how permaculture helps meet needs.

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By Konrad

Q&A panel discussion: “What does it take to build an eco-village?”

A Q&A panel discussion with alternative community leaders in Australia. On the panel: Renee Rivard and Ben O’Callaghan from Currumbin Eco-village. Morag Gamble from Crystal Waters. Ian Trew from Noosa Forest Retreat. Jason “Djalmbu” Hilder from the University of Queensland. Phil Benjamin, Communities Resident. Alex J Hobbs from Starlight Community.

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By Konrad

Next Residential Permaculture Course (PDC) at Noosa Forest Retreat – March 2019

Thought about doing a residential PDC course this year? The next 12-day Permaculture Design Certificate course: 22 March – 02 April 2019 MORE INFO & BOOKING Where? The PDC course is run at the Noosa Forest Retreat in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, QLD Australia. Cutting Edge Permaculture Learn cutting edge permaculture from a team of […]

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By Konrad

Integrated Health & Wellbeing – Talk by Ian Trew at Polkadot Festival 2019

Just last weekend in Noosa, the Polkadot Festival was on for 2 days. We’ve been there…

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By Chrissy-Tiina Laurikainen

Loving Nature, Natural Building & All Things Permaculture!

What’s one of the most fascinating things you’ve learned in your teaching Permaculture & Natural Building?

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By Chrissy-Tiina Laurikainen

Why We Need to Focus on Earth, Not Mars!

‘Physics World’ invites a permaculture teacher to comment on future missions to Mars during a special ‘Focus on Astronomy and Space’.

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By Konrad

Next 12-Day Residential PDC Course November 2018

The residential 12-day PDC course at Noosa Forest Retreat in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, QLD Australia.

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By Konrad

Retrosuburbia

The downshifter’s guide to a resilient future. RetroSuburbia is part manual and part manifesto. The book shows how Australian suburbs can be transformed to become productive and resilient in an energy decent future. It focuses on what can be done by an individual at the household level (rather than community or government levels). RetroSuburbia is […]

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By Konrad

Next Residential PDC Course – Aug 2018 – by Noosa Forest Retreat

Thought about doing a residential PDC course this year? The next 12-day Permaculture Design Certificate course: 17-28 August 2018. The PDC course is run at the Noosa Forest Retreat in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, QLD Australia.   PDC teachers: Ian Trew and Christina Laurikainen Exciting guest presenters on specialty topics like fungi, urban permaculture and […]

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By Konrad

The Permaculture Magazine Prize 2018

TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND SHARE THIS POST!   Win £10,000 For Your Permaculture Project! The Permaculture Magazine Prize launches in 2018, with £20,000 funds to be awarded to projects showing best practice permaculture in ecological, social and cultural design. First price will win the main award of £10,000 Four runners up of £2,500 The prize […]

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By Chrissy-Tiina Laurikainen

Owning, Renting or Sharing – What Are My Rights & How to Create A Land-Share Agreement.

EARTH FOR SALE = US$228 trillion. Putting a price on life, defining property rights & creating land-share agreements.

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By Chrissy-Tiina Laurikainen

THE JACKFRUIT TREE & ME

Beneath the branches of this tree will be a living tropical ecosystem. I have 32 seedlings & 30 acres.

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By Chrissy-Tiina Laurikainen

Wild-Foraged Lilly Pilly Meade

This recipe was modified from Stephen Harrod Buhner’s “Sacred & Herbal Healing Beers” (Pub: 1998 by Brewer’s Publications, Colorado.)   Collection: I came across the Lilly Pilly Trees (Syzygium smithii) by chance, so classify them as wild foraged.  I collected from multiple trees around December (Summer’s peak) when masses of berries were ripe.  I found […]

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