Making Cassava Flour

Cassava flour is easy to make with basic kitchen equipment. It’s gluten free for those with celiac problems. I use it for making pancakes, slices and cookies, and mix it (half/half) with other flours for making breads or pizza dough. Cassava, also known as Tapioca or...

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China’s First Eco-village Conference

Sunshine Ecovillage in Anji, Huzhou, inland from Shanghai, hosted China’s first major ecovillage conference in October, 2015. I was invited to be a keynote speaker by one of the organising team, Jiang, who participated in the Shenzhen PDC in 2014 and joined us for the...

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Permaculture in Shenzhen, China

In early October I made my third journey to the Chinese city of Shenzhen to teach a PDC with my wonderful Taiwanese colleague, Hui-i Chiang. This was the second full design course hosted by Taihua company at Wutong Island, which they intend to make an annual event. It...

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Wild Foraging in Iceland

I’ve just been on a wild forage walk harvesting a salad for dinner tonight. This has become a daily joy since I arrived here in Iceland three days ago. On the bus journey from the airport into Reykjavik I noticed a lot of familiar plants growing on the roadside...

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Frankfurt city musings

One of the things that really strikes me in European cities is the number of bicycles and just how bike-friendly they are.  People ride everywhere, there’s sensible bike lanes, not only on roads but through parks, and bikes can travel both directions in one-way...

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Robyn Francis Europe Tour 2015

Landed in Frankfurt early this morning after a long grueling flight half way round the planet. All my bamboo* carbon credits for flying this year are consumed by this journey, but as with nearly all of my travels over the past 3 decades, this journey has a purpose and...

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Permaculture in China-2014

Robyn Francis reports from teaching a PDC in Shenzhen, China, October 2014 It’s a concrete jungle here in Shenzhen, development on steroids, endless high rise towers at all stages of construction and occupation. Freeways, the persistent hum and honking of traffic and...

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Margrit Kennedy 1939-2013 Permaculture Pioneer

Margrit Kennedy passed away on Dec 29, 2013. She was one of the first generation of permaculture pioneers, and an important mentor and role model for me as a young permaculture teacher and designer in the 1980s. I write this in honour of her work and considerable...

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