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Permaculture Papers

Towards Permaculture 3.0

March 9, 2015 | | 2 Comments

Is is time, then for a new version of the permaculture design system so that it can continue to offer the solutions we need?Read More

THE PERMACULTURE PAPERS — 1: Introductory notes

October 11, 2010 |

THE PERMACULTURE PAPERS is a recollection of people, places and events encountered during my time as participant-observer in permaculture design, education and community work.

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October 11, 2010 |

GREY BEARD FRAMING A SUNTANNED FACE topped by a head of thinning, wispy hair, the man rises from his chair and stands at the podium.

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September 28, 2010 | | 2 Comments


PERMACULTURE entered its childhood in the 1980s, slowly at first but with a gaining momentum as the decade progressed.

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THE PERMACULTURE PAPERS — 4: The nineties boomtime

September 27, 2010 | | One Comment

Permaculture peaks — the 1990s…

…Live Smart. Think for Yourself. Transform the Future

IT WAS THE 1990s and permaculture was on a roll. The hard work of the 1980s was paying off. There was greater public awareness of permaculture, more courses came on offer and were attracting a greater number of participants. The path ahead seemed clear and the movement was permeated with optimism.

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THE PERMACULTURE PAPERS — 5: prelude to a new century

September 25, 2010 |


Before we look at the opening years of the new century it might be instructive to step back to the closing years of the old.

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THE PERMACULTURE PAPERS — 6: Trouble and triumph in the new century

September 24, 2010 |

THE NEWS CAME unexpectedly and with a suddeness that shocked many. Things had seemed to be going well… permaculture was on a growth curve… the community associations that formed the backbone of the design system continued their work… courses continued to attract particiants.

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THE PERMACULTURE PAPERS — 7: Into the new century

September 23, 2010 |

PASS THROUGH BURNIE, the largest city hereabouts and one that snuggles against the chilly waters of Bass Strait. Drive past—don’t turn off – at the junction of the Murchison Highway that takes the traveler over undulations of steep hills and valleys of dark, dank and moist temperate rainforest, and you end up at Queenstown, on Tasmania’s rugged and weather blasted west coast. Go through the town of Wynyard and ignore the turnoff to Boat Harbour Beach. Keep going… further westward. Soon you come to Sisters Creek, a seemingly minor locality along the Bass Highway.

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