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PacificEdge | November 24, 2014

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A Weedy walk with Diego

September 14, 2014 |

DIEGO BONETTO is a man who knows weeds. He also knows that what some people call weeds others call crops. Or, at least, forage food and wild pharmaceuticals.

I went with Diego this afternoon for a weedy walk through Randwick … Read More

A life assisting others

September 7, 2014 | 1

IT MUST HAVE BEEN in 1994 or 1995 that I became involved in Tony Jansen’s (photo above) food security and farming projects in the Solomon Islands. Then, we were both working for APACE — Appropriate Technology for Community and Environment … Read More

Internships in permaculture — exploitation or opportunity?

September 3, 2014 | 3

A RECENT POSTING on the Permaculture Australia-New Zealand and Permaculture Victoria Facebooks by Melbourne-based permaculture practitioner, Miriam Bakst, raises an important question for permaculture’s reputation.

WHAT’S LEGAL? Miriam asks whether permaculture practitioners engaging interns could be breaking the law. It … Read More

The household solution — too small to push change?

July 30, 2014 | 5

I RECEIVED an email from Permaculture Australia recently promoting online videos of Nicole Foss and David Holmgren. So I took a look. The email made reference to their recent Sydney event that I missed, so I don’t know whether the … Read More

In the deep green

July 12, 2014 |

A WOMAN wanders through a forest garden in the green light cast by the tree canopy. It’s quiet in here. Shadows are deep. Small creatures in the leaf little are heard rather than seen. Unknown birds call. Bees buzz. Insects … Read More

A literature of past possibilites

July 4, 2014 | 1

THE BOOKS YOU SEE in the composite illustration accompanying this story link past and present. They link what was a pioneering social experiment with its refined, socially safer version developed initially by permaculture people.

I’m talking about people leaving the … Read More

A distant voice calls from permaculture’s dawn time

June 4, 2014 |

SOMETIMES, the best discoveries are made by accident. I was rummaging through the library of an international development organisation I was working for at the time — that time being the latter half of the 1990s — when I discovered … Read More

Booklets a waypoint in permaculture history

February 16, 2014 |

SOMETIMES, useful things come at small scale. So it was with the ‘Useful’ series of booklets produced for those establishing permaculture systems …Read More

On tour with Milkwood

January 10, 2014 |

IF SEEING is believing then maybe the students of the current Milkwood permaculture design course will believe that permaculture has a role in projects larger than the home garden…Read More

The harvester

October 26, 2013 |

KIM ROSE selects seed from the versatile pigeon pea shrub (Cajanus cajan) in a scene that must have been repeated millions of times since the plant was first domesticated in India around 3500 years ago. Thousands of years would elapse … Read More