Alumni – What past students are doing…

Q:  What do Costa, Rosemary Morrow, Russ Grayson, Steve Cran and Geff Lawton have in common? A:  They all did PDCs with Robyn Francis. People frequently ask ‘What are previous course participants doing with their permaculture training?’  or ‘Can you recommend former students for permaculture design and other professional services?’ Check out this short list …

Regenerative Aid and Building Resilience – Beyond Sustainability

Robyn Francis writes about the Permaculture approach to development and aid. The focus of permaculture working with communities in need, is to build resilience, empower people to solve their own problems, and to regenerate damaged environments to health and abundance.

Sweet Potato Tips & Recipe

  Unduly Under-rated Veritable Vegetables – Sweet Potato Greens Its wet season–nice ‘n hot ‘n humid–and in the garden rampancy rules, especially in the sweet potato patch. The tubers won’t be ready to harvest until autumn, but meantime there’s an absolute abundance of delicious, nutritious leaves to enjoy. Sweet Potato greens are one of those …

Infused herbal oils and ointments

Garden Apothecary – Make Your Own Infused Herbal Oils and Ointment with Robyn Francis There are numerous simple remedies and products for healthy living and eating that can be easily made at home with standard kitchen equipment equipment. The Garden Apothecary shares simple recipes, solutions and tips for low-impact natural living, starting with how to …

Learning from Cuba’s Footprint

Target ONE EARTH – Living Within Our Footprint and What we can Learn from Cuba Robyn Francis reports on her visit to Cuba to experience ‘first hand’ the only nation on earth living within its ecological footprint. We can live better with less – Cuba shows us how…

The Underground Gardens of Fresno, California

This was a grand adventure for a day off during the PDC in Southern California, a trip to Fresno to visit the amazing underground gardens. Created by Baldassare Forestiere in the early 1900’s, this 10 acre underground labyrinth was hand dug over 40 years with a pick, shovel and wheelbarrow.

Terra Preta…Jagabar Jagun… and a Carbon-Negative Future.

The term terra preta specifically applies to the Brazilian soils of the Amazon basin, where it was produced 5000 years ago, by an as yet uncertain agricultural process of ‘slash, burn and bury’ [1]. This formed “reefs”, for the micro-organisms to colonise, and also stored nutrients against leaching in the high rainfall.  Geoff Moxham writes…