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!
A step-by-step guide in how to feed the organisms which live in soil & how to inoculate soil with life. Because plants depend on the soil food web for nutrition. Living soil is healthy soil.
Uses for this oven include: Pizza Baked goods. Smoked products. Dehydrated food. Activated charcoal (burn wood in a sealed tin). Pottery or glass kiln (this oven can reach up to 800°C). Hot water. Get creative! This article discusses how to plan, build & use a wood-fired oven using locally sourced natural materials. CONTENTS: […]
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 collaborative brainstorm which produced two mind map graphics. On 1st June, 2019 I was invited to Introduce Permaculture at the Coolum Women’s Shed – Garden Group start-up. I wasn’t sure how much the group knew or what I should share with them. So, I used a knowledge harvesting technique I learnt from Robin Clayfield […]
In this little video Ian Trew interviews one of the co-founders and designers of the Bunyip pump – Brett Porta.
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 […]
The “Health And Awareness Tree” (HAAT) was created By Hannah Bruzova. In her words… My mission and intention is to provide a forum for us to share and inspire one another with information about health and well being. Also inspirational quotes and images that are uplifting for the soul. I love the ability we have […]
Recently, I was invited to comment on future missions to Mars. As a result, this article was produced… COSMIC SKEPTICS? In response to Margaret Harris’s editorial in the Physics World Focus on Astronomy and Space (December 2016), in which she describes herself as a “space sceptic” when it comes to putting people on Mars […]
The first thing I noticed was the loose, dry soil: To garden in this is going to be a nightmare! It needs something absorbent, which will knit the particles together & keep the water in. Humus is just the thing. But how do I make that? Well, that’s created by soil life which breakdown organic […]
The residential 12-day PDC course at Noosa Forest Retreat in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, QLD Australia.
So I discovered permaculture & got inspired – found a permaculture community & have been scribbling business ideas in notebooks ever since. The innovation just keeps on coming – I am overflowing, to the brim! So what do I do now? To answer this question, I’ve been doing a little research. I’m currently studing the […]
Chemical warfare isn’t something generally associated with plants – they are more associated with peace & serenity, harmony & working in community (the colour GREEN represents LOVE). The truth is – just like people, not all of them are kind. Taking a little time to observe what species are dominant & by how much can […]
Let’s look at the etymology: ’permanent’ is a Latin word meaning to endure or to persist throughout, and ’culture’ is any of those activities that support and distinguish human communities. Probably the easiest way to understand it is through subsets of words like ’agriculture.’ When I say the word ’agriculture,’ you think, oh, that is […]
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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Water quality is dependent on: The water source: Town water. Rainwater. Bore water. Dam water. Water transport & storage: Pipes to storage. Storage container material & cleanliness. Pipes from storage. Other factors to consider: Regularity in which it is topped up. Open/closed to contamination. Cross contamination. Heated/cooled during the day (growth of organisms, physico-chemical […]
When it comes to where you live – is planet Earth nothing more than real estate? As a permaculturalist, that is the question I’ve been considering over the past few years – as I search for the perfect land share agreement (which I intend to write myself). To answer this question, I attended a course […]
Beneath the branches of this tree I will create a living tropical ecosystem. I have 32 of these seedlings to plant (once mature enough – you can see their progression below). On the 30 acres upon which I live. I plan to restore my environment from manmade desert – back to it’s original state of […]
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 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. Boiling 12 fresh leaves in a cup of tea each day ensures it’s protective benefits. It’s ability to strengthen both vein & nerve sheaths as well as brain synapses […]
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  & […]
Southland NZ. After being forced to move house and area twice in the last year and a bit, my family and I are grateful to have found a rental house with a few fruit trees, a long term agreement and great landlords that let me have some freedom in developing the area that once was […]
We moved onto our property about 3 years ago, given there was nothing but 4 deteriorated mudbrick walls on a concrete slab, a 40 ft container housing an old tractor, a sauna (priorities right?) and heaps of trees, we had and still have lots of work to do. After organizing a roof over our heads, a […]
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 Check out the FREE Permaculture Introduction Course here: WATCH HERE […]
I recently was fortunate enough to be given a whole Bunya Pine cone from a friend who has a mature tree on his property. The kids and I stripped the cone down to approximately 80 good nuts. We did some research and found some interesting information about these trees. The advice for planting the seeds […]
Living around Sunshine Coast Area? Connect with the Permaculture Club Noosa. Monthly meetings Join one of the monthly meetings, where members have stalls of produce and plants for sale. A seed saving bank is available to donate seeds and buy seeds. There is a Permaculture library for members to borrow books. Every month interesting speakers […]
Cleaning 10 million cubic metres a day. Since it came online a few months ago, the tower has led to cleaner air within four square miles of its installation and it has produced 353 million cubic airs of cleaner air, SCMP reports. Because it’s powered by solar energy, the air purifier also doesn’t indirectly contribute […]
I love watching the short films that Happen Films produce and I hope that some of you might also enjoy them. See all the films here: http://happenfilms.com/living-the-change
My wife and I moved in to our home 5 years ago.The block we moved into had no trees and no plants,since then we have created a mini forest at the front and have developed a food garden at the rear and side of the house.This has been made possible by searching for as much […]
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 […]