The Energy Autonomous House

Within the context of atmospheric pollution and climatic change, we must all accept some level of responsibilty; for contributing to the problems and, more positively, to become a part of the solution.   The Energy Autonomous House By Robyn Francis This article was...

Permaculture Projects in Cuba

Permaculture Projects in Cuba Robyn Francis visited and documented 40 projects in Cuba during May-June 2008 as part of the Cuba-Australia Permaculture Exchange (CAPE) inaugural exchange program.   The Cuba tour was hosted and organised by the Antonio Núñez Jiménez...

Make Your Own Herbal Skin Care

Did you know…. Your skin is your largest organ, it respires (breathes), regulates body temperature and absorbs both beneficial and harmful substances into the blood stream, nervous and lymph systems – that includes all the personal soaps, wash gels,...

Postcard from Cuba

Robyn Francis reports from Cuba and the reciprocal visit of the Cuba-Australia Permaculture Exchange. Robyn Francis May 10, 2008 It’s been an interesting 2 weeks since I arrived in Cuba (28th April) to work with the Foundation for Nature and Humanity (FANJ) as part of...

Shaping the Future

The call to become an effective agent of change There is a rising tide of awareness of an urgent need to change, which has been accelerating rapidly over the past 12 months. Most people now accept the reality of climate change, and it’s connection to increasing...

Do Nothing, or as Little as Possible

Efficient, labour saving, low maintenance, user-friendly are catch-cries we hear all the time, yet how much unnecessary work do we create for ourselves, often without even being aware of it? Eliminating unnecessary work is intrinsic to good permaculture design.   Bill...

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...

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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