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 […]
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.
In this little video Ian Trew interviews one of the co-founders and designers of the Bunyip pump – Brett Porta.
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
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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/ […]
Making laundry soap at home is easy. Check out the video tutorial with step-by-step guide by Lorraine.
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 […]
Date Palm – Edible Black Mulberry – Edible Myrtle – Incense Oak – Firewood Pine – Aesthetic, Carob – Edible Olive – Edible, oil Rose Bushes – Aesthetic, fragrants Pomegranate Trees – Edible
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
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!
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 […]
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 […]
This Mexican researcher has discovered a way to turn cactus leaves into a material with similar properties to plastic.
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.
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 […]
What’s one of the most fascinating things you’ve learned in your teaching Permaculture & Natural Building?
‘Physics World’ invites a permaculture teacher to comment on future missions to Mars during a special ‘Focus on Astronomy and Space’.
The residential 12-day PDC course at Noosa Forest Retreat in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, QLD Australia.
Extracting & using organic growth inhibiting substances which kill up to 100% of species.
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 […]
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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EARTH FOR SALE = US$228 trillion. Putting a price on life, defining property rights & creating land-share agreements.
Beneath the branches of this tree will be a living tropical ecosystem. I have 32 seedlings & 30 acres.
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 […]
Singapore Changi Airport did it again – a new airport terminal that combines sustainability and technology. The new terminal has its own forest with more than 2,500 trees and 100,000 shrubs (!). And not enough, they also build the world’s largest indoor waterfall. Classic Changi. Check out this quick video from twitter, with the […]
WHALES & PERMACULTURE …today is ‘World Whale Day’ – a great time to remember whales & explore just how versatile permaculture is. Let’s do this by bringing together whales & permaculture. Firstly, we can consider the significance of whales on Earth. Whales…perform ecological roles within the marine environment, emotionally connect the human culture to the […]
ARE YOU A PERMACULTURE PRESENTER – OR THINKING ABOUT BECOMING ONE? …some tips to help you along. Use your textbook – “Permaculture – A Designer’s Manual” by Bill Mollison. That is what it is there for – don’t try to rewrite permaculture, just modify it to reflect your community. Use this book as your […]
PURSLANE …is a pretty little succulent groundcover, with a red radial stem and green leaves. One of the most overlooked of all plants, it’s ability to grow just about anywhere (including between bricks) gives the impression that it is a pesky weed. But that’s just a figment of our cultural collective – look a little […]
GOTU KOLA (or INDIAN PENNYWORT)…is a wild groundcover found almost ubiquitously the world over. Abundant after rain or in permanently wet locales, it’s health benefits are profound. A daily wild forage of just 2 large leaves eaten upon collection or in salad ensures it’s protective benefits (1). It’s ability to strengthen both vein & nerve […]
PINK PERIWINKLE is considered a weed by Australian authorities and eradication guidelines are readily available. In reality, it’s just as much a new migrant as the invasive “white man” and holds high medicinal value. The juice of fresh leaves displays antidiabetic activity by reducing blood glucose , the flower extract has wound-healing activity  & […]