What is Permaculture?

What is permaculture…? What is the difference between permaculture and organic gardening…? These are questions frequently asked but not always adequately answered – and the answers can vary wildly depending upon who you ask.    Permaculture is...

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Permaculture 20 Years On

Robyn Francis Reflects on two decades of Permaculture – how it has changed my world view A Radio Essay commissioned by ABC Radio Eye, 1996 I first heard about Permaculture in 1977. I’d just returned to Australia from 5 years in Europe and Asia studying...

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Taste the Bush in the Backyard

“Good food is at the heart of bushfood permaculture.” “Local native species conservation takes on a new and more immediate meaning. Some bushfoods are amazingly productive, with the added advantage of being packed with intense, wild flavours. It’s just the...

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Dynamics of Culture

Some thoughts on the issues of teaching in other cultures Cultures are dynamic and human memory short – I have been alarmed at the rapidity of change, at the loss and erosion of sustainable traditional practices as ‘Green Revolution’ techniques and concepts...

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Edible Flowers

Flowers play an important role in an edible landscape and in any food producing permaculture. The benefits of integrating flowering plants into a vegetable garden are numerous: they attract bees and other insects to pollinate and predate on common pests, fragrant...

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Amazon Permaculture Field Trip

I can’t imagine a better way to be lost on the Amazon than in the company of 35 international permaculture delegates on a boat with a week’s supply of food on board. Yes, the pilot got us lost several times during the journey from Manaus to the permaculture project...

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Jarlanbah Community

A community treading lightly on the earth I enjoy wandering up the path weaving through my tropical food jungle, over the invisible boundary line and straight onto a Jarlanbah track. No fences obstruct my way, nor the freedom of the wallabies and other wildlife we...

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IPC8 Brazil Report

The 8th International Permaculture Convergence in Brazil in May 2007was a resounding success. Permaculture practitioners and representatives from 42 countries– from Patagonia to Canada, from Canary Islands to Cambodia–attended to share their work and...

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