Learning Pathways

The best decision I ever made was to take a Diploma in Permaculture Design after completing my Permaculture Design Course (PDC). This process has inspired me to continue the adventure of learning and applying permaculture to my own life and work. The Diploma was first established at the Permaculture Institute in Australia and was met with great support by PDC […]

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Beavers: Nature’s Ecological Restoration Agents

Photo by Cheryl Reynolds/ Worth A Dam The many benefits of beavers By Heidi Perryman & Michael Callahan Most people only become aware of beavers when they are a nuisance, but did you know that biologists classify beavers as a Keystone species? Beaver ponds create wetlands which are among the most biologically productive ecosystems in the world. They increase plant, […]

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Reverse Engineer Your Diet
By Matt Powers

How much land and seed do you really need? Eating a diet based on locally grown food has become a popular goal, and great way to combat climate change. Often in permaculture, we talk about how we need to perennialize or relocalize our diets, but until we fully explore what we can grow to fit our needs, we often can’t […]

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3 Easy Ways to Preserve Garlic
By Laura Killingbeck

Round the Bend Farm is developing a legacy of garlic. We have good garlic, and lots of it. We treat it like a treasure and cherish it for its flavor and medicinal qualities. Each year, the tasks of planting, weeding, harvesting, curing, processing, and preserving of garlic weave themselves through our lives as the seasons shift. We grow garlic here […]

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How-To Hard Apple Cider
By Kevin Smith

If you have an apple tree, consider yourself lucky. If you have two or more, you are blessed. There is nothing I like better than the sound of a perfectly ripe apple falling on its own from the boughs above, bouncing off a moss covered limb, and landing with a soft thud in the silty-loam of my family orchard. This […]

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Working (Wo)man’s Lunchbox Pâté
Excerpt From Pure Charcuterie: The Craft and Poetry of Curing Meats at Home By Meredith Leigh

This is a thing I make on the weekend, so that during the week I can rush in from the farm, kick off my boots and have a wholly delicious and nutritious sandwich meat in a flash, accompanied by some good cheese, a crusty bread, fresh greens and mustard.     Ingredients 28.8 oz. pork lean trim 9.6 oz. pork […]

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Case Study: The Green Tree Foundation Swales Project
Excerpt From The Permaculture Earthworks Handbook by Douglas Barnes

This is an excerpt from The Permaculture Earthworks Handbook by Douglas Barnes.    At the invitation of Gangi Setty, founder of the Green Tree Foundation, I was part of a project to implement water-harvesting earthworks in Talupula, Andra Pradesh, India. The project was more successful than predicted, and it serves as a good example of the potential that swales have for […]

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Designing Beyond Sustainability
By Beatrice Tomassi, reviewed by Jordan Johnson

Learning Permaculture Design in the year of the 30th anniversary of the first PDC held in India: A report by participant and freshly graduated permaculture designer Beatrice Tomassi. The 13th International Permaculture Convergence IPC India 2017, hosted by Aranya Agricultural Alternatives, is taking place at a young permaculture site which is Polam Farm, rising as an educative and demonstrative space […]

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Designing Permanent Lifestyles with Permaculture
By Josh Davis

Permaculture teaches so many ways to implement efficient and sustainable changes to our landscape to create resilient and abundant ecosystems. The idea of learning from nature that is the foundation of permaculture just works. But why stop there? If everything is connected, then why not apply this same methodology and philosophy to design more resilient and abundant lifestyles as well? […]

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How To Realize Personal Metamorphosis In Two Weeks
By Theo Stephan

  Welcome to my typical day: awake; weed, water, prune, make coffee and a smoothie, attend to daily admin, customer service, text family and friends requiring attention, try to think about making time for lunch, post to farm social media networks, open farm stand, engage customers, teach, do more admin, more emails, eat dinner, check social media networks again, sleep, […]

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