The End of Growth

The End of Growth - Richard Heinberg " The central assertion of this book is both simple and startling: Economic growth as we have known it is over and done with.      … we are seeing a perfect storm of converging crises that together...

The Farm comes to Sydney Town Hall Square

Article and Photo: Russ Grayson, Pacific Edge, January 2011 Slim striped eggplant, fat purple eggplant, green tomatoes, flares of bright yellow sunflower, corn coming into cob and kale... what has happened to Sydney's Town Hall Square? To put it simple, the farm has...

Peak energy, climate change

Peak energy, climate change, and the collapse of global civilisation: the current peak oil crisis "This paper was written to empower people and societies to prepare themselves for the radical changes in the world ahead with the information presented in this analysis"...

Slaves to Convenience or Conscious Consumer?

Robyn Francis writes on the art of being a conscious consumer to reduce your eco-footprint, save money and enjoy better health. Wendell Berry once said that it’s not an environmental crisis we face but a crisis of character. He was referring to the fact that the...

Why Gardening Makes You Happy and Cures Depression

While mental health experts warn about depression as a global epidemic, other researchers are discovering ways we trigger our natural production of happy chemicals that keep depression at bay, with surprising results. All you need to do is get your fingers dirty and...

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...

Two Agricultures, Not One

Article about peak phosphorous and the future of agriculture by John Michael Greer: http://www.realitysandwich.com/two_agricultures_not_one From the text: "Talking about the future after peak oil is a challenging thing. One of the things that makes it most challenging...

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