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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

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

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 Sroka

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 Check out the FREE Permaculture Introduction Course here: WATCH HERE […]

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By Konrad Sroka

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 Sroka

How to start a Food Forest in Sub-Tropics

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 David

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

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 Sroka

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

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

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.

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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 Sroka

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 Sroka

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 Sroka

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 Sroka

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 Sroka

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 Sroka

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 Sroka

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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By Konrad Sroka

A new airport terminal with a forest and the world’s largest indoor waterfall

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 […]

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By Chrissy-Tiina Laurikainen

Whales & permaculture…inspired by WORLD WHALE DAY !

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 […]

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By Chrissy-Tiina Laurikainen

How to be a permaculture educator…

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 […]

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By Chrissy-Tiina Laurikainen

Purslane

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 […]

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By Chrissy-Tiina Laurikainen

Gotu Kola (aka. Pennywort)

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 […]

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By Chrissy-Tiina Laurikainen

PINK PERIWINKLE

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 [1], the flower extract has wound-healing activity [2] & […]

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By renata McStay

My journey, renting and feeding my family

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 […]

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By Katrina Swan

Mandala Garden

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 […]

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By John Clark

Bunya Pines – growing from seed and eating

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 […]

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