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Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute announces its 2012 PDC

Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute announces its 2012 PDC | Permaculture Design Review | Scoop.it

Learn the permaculture design process during 15 engaging days in an off-grid learning community. The Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute invites you to its tenth Permaculture Design Certification course: July 27th through August 12, 2012.

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The Real Bounty of The Chicken Coop (Hint: It’s Not Eggs)

The Real Bounty of The Chicken Coop (Hint: It’s Not Eggs) | Permaculture Design Review | Scoop.it

I don’t have a fully formed conclusion or philosophy on this yet, but as I continue my education in Livestock 101: The Chicken, it’s becoming apparent to me that lower-input, sustainable and time-efficient agriculture, at even the pico-level of the home garden, requires the contributions of animals. I’m not saying you need chickens or other animals to grow a good garden – I’ve grown great gardens without chickens – but in order to have a more internally-sustaining system (in an urban area I do not believe a completely self-sustaining system is truly possible), I think you just might need livestock. Here’s why…

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Seattle to Build Nation’s First Food Forest

Seattle to Build Nation’s First Food Forest | Permaculture Design Review | Scoop.it

Seattle’s vision of an urban food oasis is going forward. A seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood will be planted with hundreds of different kinds of edibles: walnut and chestnut trees; blueberry and raspberry bushes; fruit trees, including apples and pears; exotics like pineapple, yuzu citrus, guava, persimmons, honeyberries, and lingonberries; herbs; and more. All will be available for public plucking to anyone who wanders into the city’s first food forest. The concept of a food forest certainly pushes the envelope on urban agriculture and is grounded in the concept of permaculture, which means it will be perennial and self-sustaining, like a forest is in the wild. Not only is this forest Seattle’s first large-scale permaculture project, but it’s also believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.

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GroupWorks Pattern Language card deck available for freeree

GroupWorks Pattern Language card deck available for freeree | Permaculture Design Review | Scoop.it

This resource is for anyone seeking to create high quality conversations of any kind for any purpose. This card deck is THE premier navigational tool for powerful conversations. It goes deeper than methodology and is more practical than theory. It is designed to help us understand what is going on and how to make it better. It offers greater flexibility and power to our practices of dialogue, deliberation, mediation, choice creating, and conversation of all types. It is available electronically FREE for the taking – and only costs $25 if you want a physical printed boxed deck. And to top it all off – it is beautiful. So I hereby invite you into a new world of conversational adventure and insight, available to you right now.

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Permaculture Your Campus Conference

Permaculture Your Campus Conference | Permaculture Design Review | Scoop.it

The UMass Permaculture Initiative proudly announces the Permaculture Your Campus Conference. This international conference is the first of its kind, connecting permaculture experts with groups who are brand new to planning sustainable, edible landscapes in a campus setting.

 

Attendees to this conference receive expert guidance, as well as the tools, the time, and the space to develop a detailed plan for implementing their own permaculture landscapes, suited to each institution’s personalized needs. Those attending also have the opportunity to network with other groups, leading to valuable, lasting partnerships with peer institutions just starting permaculture projects.

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Busting the Forest Myths: People as Part of the Solution by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360

Busting the Forest Myths: People as Part of the Solution by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360 | Permaculture Design Review | Scoop.it

The long-held contention that rural forest communities are the prime culprits in tropical forest destruction is increasingly being discredited, as evidence mounts that the best way to protect rainforests is to involve local residents in sustainable management.

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Atlanta is diggin’ in for a fruit tree revolution

Atlanta is diggin’ in for a fruit tree revolution | Permaculture Design Review | Scoop.it

The largest, most diverse fruit tree orchard in Atlanta Public School history is taking root at Brown Middle School on Saturday. Patchwork City Farm is hosting this event in support of creating a more naturally-grown local food system. In addition to providing a CSA program for the local community, PCF supports the Atlanta Farm to School movement by providing access to fresh, healthy foods for Atlanta’s school children – and a working farm to teach with. The constantly growing progress of the Atlanta Public School’s Farm to School initiative is something for the community to be proud of. The Georgia Farm to School Program was established in 2007 by Georgia Organics,and now there are schoolyard gardens and orchards sprouting up across the metro area - thanks to the help of folks like Georgia Organics, Patchwork City Farms, Crop Mob Atlanta and other dedicated volunteer groups within the city.

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Scientist think real food may be good for you: Dairy fat may help not harm

Scientist think real food may be good for you: Dairy fat may help not harm | Permaculture Design Review | Scoop.it

Scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health and collaborators from other institutions have identified a natural substance in dairy fat that may substantially reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Hotamisligil, the study’s senior author, also emphasized the magnitude of the risk reduction. “This is an extremely strong protective effect, stronger than other things we know can be beneficial against diabetes. The next step is to move forward with an intervention trial to see if there is therapeutic value in people.”

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Mark Shepherd's 106 acre permaculture farm in Viola, Wisconsin

Mark Shepherd's 106 acre permaculture farm in Viola, Wisconsin | Permaculture Design Review | Scoop.it

"If I help people to learn one thing, it is to do just that. Start with the idea, then make it real. If it doesn't turn out the way you thought it would, accept that feedback, re-think and re-do. There are no mistakes, there’s only feedback. Life and Permaculture are not spectator sports. And besides, If you don't make the bridge from thinking to action, there are places for you in somebody else's drama where you act and create their thoughts. You get the crumbs.

 

"The best way to learn how to build is to do it. Reading, blogging and going to workshops are fun and all that, but out here on planet earth, you build a shelter, or experience the consequences. How you get that shelter is up to you. You learn through actual feedback of hot, cold, wet and dry if you've done things well. You get to live and directly experience the results of your efforts. 

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How To Graft A Fruit Tree

In this 9-minute video, the presenter explains how to graft 3 different varieties of nectarine onto one nectarine tree. The two videos below are follow-ups showing the grafting after two and six months. You can find lots more at this channel including info on grape growing and a tour round their gorgeous elevated display garden with a definite permaculture flavor.

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Book Review: Why design cannot remain exclusive

Book Review: Why design cannot remain exclusive | Permaculture Design Review | Scoop.it

The recent political struggles between Hollywood and networked culture underscore a profoundly disruptive fact: exclusive ownership rights are no longer as valuable as they once were. What really matters is the flow. Increasingly, knowledge and other intangible things are more valuable when they can circulate -- when they can be freely copied, shared and modified via open platforms.

Finally, we have a big, meaty book that takes on this issue. Open Design Now: Why Design Cannot Remain Exclusive offers lots of specific stories and penetrating analysis by leading practitioners of “open creativity.” The book will make heads explode in certain executive suites around the world, but it will also inspire talented artists and amateurs to enter the exciting world of co-creation and social design.

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The 'forbidden fruit' of medicinal mushrooms - CNN.com

The 'forbidden fruit' of medicinal mushrooms - CNN.com | Permaculture Design Review | Scoop.it

Why aren't mushrooms being used more often for medicinal purposes? Despite documented use of mushrooms in other cultures (for instance, ancient Greece) thousands of years ago, Paul Stamets says some people have a fear of mushrooms -- mycophobia -- because the fungi are ephemeral and powerful. 

 

George Hudler, a professor in Cornell University's Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, doesn't like the taste of them, but thinks there's a lot of potential for mushrooms' healing properties.

 

"In the next 10 years, we'll just see an incredible expansion of our awareness of chemicals in mushrooms, hopefully even their use in conventional medicine," says Hudler, who teaches a course on mushrooms at Cornell and once had dinner with Stamets.

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The Blow by Blow on Leaf Blower Abuse | Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping blog

The Blow by Blow on Leaf Blower Abuse | Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping blog | Permaculture Design Review | Scoop.it

The Mow, Blow and Go approach makes a mockery of the art of landscape gardening. It is a sad state of affairs when you know the gardeners have arrived by how much noise they make. It is time to take the noise out of the landscape. As a concerned member of my community and as a landscape business owner I am willing to stand up and say: “I am a landscape contractor and I am opposed to leaf blower abuse. I support a ban.”

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Florida Gulf Coast University Food Forest

Florida Gulf Coast University Food Forest | Permaculture Design Review | Scoop.it

The Food Forest is FGCU's student-run botanical garden of tropical/subtropical edible species that grow well in South Florida. It also includes non-edible native species, which harbor a full array of native fauna and help to maintain the system. The species diversity is exceptional, and a testament to the potential we have in South Florida for a plentiful and sustainable lifestyle. Combining engineering, ecology, horticulture, and design, the Food Forest is a truly creative interdisciplinary initiative that is for students, by students.

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Integrated Mushroom & Duck Agroforestry System

Integrated Mushroom & Duck Agroforestry System | Permaculture Design Review | Scoop.it

Log grown shiitake mushrooms are a growing interest of many Northeast Farmers. Barriers to entry include the labor-intensive nature of the process, frequent slug problems, and that laying yards are situated in woodland areas, often far from normal farm routines.

 

Integration of meat ducks into the laying yard brings more yields for the farmer on a single trip, promotes effective slug control, and better utilized forest ecosystems in the farm landscape. Ducks are an under appreciated farm asset with the potential to sustainably manage pests while providing high quality products for market. Little research has been done to demonstrate the potential for integrated duck farming in the Northeast.

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Project Look Sharp: Free Lesson Plans for Teaching Sustainability from Ithaca College

Project Look Sharp: Free Lesson Plans for Teaching Sustainability from Ithaca College | Permaculture Design Review | Scoop.it
Project Look Sharp provides lesson plans, materials, training and support to help teachers integrate media literacy into their classroom curricula.

 

The Media Constructions of Sustainability: Food, Water, and Agriculture. explores how sustainability has been presented in the media with a particular focus on issues related to food, water and agriculture. Each of the 19 lessons integrates media literacy and critical thinking into lessons about different aspect of sustainability.

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Replanting hedgerows using permaculture design | Permaculture Magazine

Replanting hedgerows using permaculture design | Permaculture Magazine | Permaculture Design Review | Scoop.it

Hedgelaying is an ancient and time-honoured skill, but what if hedgerow plants could be selected by applying permaculture thinking and techniques? The first hedge we tackled was predominantly 30-year-old unruly, and entirely sheep porous, hazel. After thinning and laying, the hedge is now stock proof; the hazel is rejuvenated and along its length are plums, apples, pears, cherries, mulberries, quinces and a couple of sweet chestnuts.

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Message to Academia on Permaculture: keep it simple.

Message to Academia on Permaculture: keep it simple. | Permaculture Design Review | Scoop.it

We should allow the innovations to bubble up from the people who practice permaculture, and then communicate these grassroots solutions to others. We should mostly limit our role to one of the communicator, thus assuring that we don’t become the experts. To be successful at evolving complex systems, we need to be clear that the experts are the practitioners, not the academics. If we approach our work with this humble belief at its heart, we can avoid constructing a new system but help in evolving a new system. As Bill Mollison, one of the founders of permaculture, elegantly stated, “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.”

Dr. Chad Hellwinckel
The University of Tennessee

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Scientist discover the earth is good for you: Mood-boosting Bacteria Found in Dirt

Scientist discover the earth is good for you: Mood-boosting Bacteria Found in Dirt | Permaculture Design Review | Scoop.it

Even if you don't love gardening, digging in the dirt may be good for your health -- and it has nothing to do with a love of nature or the wonder of watching things grow. The secret may be in the dirt itself: A bacteria called Mycobacterium vaccae that acts like an antidepressant once it gets into your system.

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Crop Rotation on Organic Farms / Books / Learning Center / SARE Nationwide - SARE

Crop Rotation on Organic Farms / Books / Learning Center / SARE Nationwide - SARE | Permaculture Design Review | Scoop.it

Crop Rotation on Organic Farms: A Planning Manual provides an in-depth review of the applications of crop rotation-including improving soil quality and health, and managing pests, diseases, and weeds. Consulting with expert organic farmers, the authors share rotation strategies that can be applied under various field conditions and with a wide range of crops.


Crop Rotation on Organic Farms will be most applicable for the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada, but will also be useful in other parts of the U.S., Canada, and even Europe.

 

Published by the Natural Resource, Agriculture and Engineering Service (NRAES) and funded in part by SARE, the book includes instructions for making rotation planning maps and discusses the transition to organic farming.

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The Urban Farming Guys in Kansas City, MO

Epic story of about 20 families that uprooted from suburbia and made their homes for good in one of the most blighted neighborhoods in the U.S. Lykins Neighborhood  64127 Inner City KCMO.  And the game is changing!  Together as Lykins Neighborhood we believe there is hope. Crime is dropping! 21% over the last 2 years and the adventure continues.  Follow the story at TheUrbanFarmingGuys.com  Featuring  Aquaponics, Neighborhood Transformation, Permaculture, Urban Farming and lots of fun taking back the neighborhood.  Come join the conversation on Facebook : http://on.fb.me/theUFGs  and the Blog at http://TheUrbanFarmingGuys.com

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Sapsquatch Pure Maple Syrup

Sapsquatch Pure Maple Syrup | Permaculture Design Review | Scoop.it

Permaculture practitioner Josh Dolan founded Sapsquatch Pure Maple Syrup four years ago. A sugarmaker with an intimate connection to the land, he speaks of his passion:

 

"Table syrup is a sick joke. It’s full of GMOs, bad sugar, and it tastes like crap (I won’t even get into how racist Aunt Jemima is). Maple syrup comes from a tree and is guilt-free. There’s no question about whether there are some poor farmers working in slave-like conditions working in the cane fields of the Dominican Republic. In fact, maple got its first big boost from the abolitionists who would did not want to support British plantation sugar. You know that sugarmakers are doing it for the love of it. You also know that sugarmakers are probably taking pretty good care of their woods, because if they didn’t, they would be out of business. Health-wise, maple syrup is health wise. It is full of vitamins, minerals and amino-acids. There are over 50 beneficial compounds found in maple syrup, it has been used in anti-cancer treatments, dieting, and it’s ok for diabetics. I can’t think of another food with so much going for it!"

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Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist | Orion Magazine

Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist | Orion Magazine | Permaculture Design Review | Scoop.it

We are environmentalists now in order to promote something called “sustainability.” What does this curious, plastic word mean? ...Once noble and redemptive, environmentalism has devolved into an engine of consumerism and a platform for partisanship... It is, in other words, an entirely human-centered piece of politicking, disguised as concern for “the planet.” In a very short time—just over a decade—this worldview has become all-pervasive. It is voiced by the president of the USA and the president of Anglo-Dutch Shell and many people in between. The success of environmentalism has been total—at the price of its soul... 

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Open Source Ecology

Open Source Ecology | Permaculture Design Review | Scoop.it

Open Source Ecology is a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters that for the last two years has been creating the Global Village Construction Set, an open source, low-cost, high performance technological platform that allows for the easy, DIY fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a sustainable civilization with modern comforts. The GVCS lowers the barriers to entry into farming, building, and manufacturing and can be seen as a life-size lego-like set of modular tools that can create entire economies, whether in rural Missouri, where the project was founded, in urban redevelopment, or in the developing world.

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