Trophic Cascade in Schools
By Matt Powers

Trophic Cascades: What has now become a classic example of ecologic regeneration, the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park, is known as a Trophic Cascade event. As wolves patrolled the rivers, the overpopulation of deer declined, and the deer’s constant browsing ended – this caused the trees and shrubs to grow immensely fast. It also caused more smaller animal […]

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Learning from Europe’s Little Ice Age
By R Ranson

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  We see it in the news almost daily, it’s difficult to remember that climate change is nothing new. Humanity has faced sudden and drastic changes to our environment before. In the early 1300s, Europe enjoyed glorious weather filled with warm summers, mild winters, predictable rainfall, and bumper crops. England was the star producer of wine and wool. Populations soared and […]

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The Soil Story
By Lauren Tucker and Aria Mclauchlan

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The Soil Story is a snapshot look into the power of healthy soil that eats up carbon and get our climate back into balance. It’s the account of nature’s best hidden innovation: soil. Learn how we can “sequester” (store) carbon from the atmosphere, where it is not doing so much, and bring it back into the earth, where it belongs, through regenerative agriculture, composting, and […]

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Wheaton Labs PDC and Appropriate Technology Course
Comprehensive permaculture skills training in two 2-week courses

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One of the key elements in permaculture design is not just collecting cool toys, but finding the most appropriate tools to meet your needs in the most beneficial way. That’s the insight behind a two-for-one course opportunity coming up this June in Montana. Permaculture leaders from several distinct bio-regions will be teaming up to present a PRI-certified Permaculture Design Course (PDC), […]

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Sourdough Stinging Nettle Pesto Bread
By R. Ranson

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So often scorned and neglected, the humble stinging nettle should be the superstar of the homestead. It is a nutritious leafy green to fill the hunger gap in spring. The leaves are often dried and used in tonics, teas, and herbal remedies. As a textile crop the stems can be harvested to make a finer fibre than linen, and as […]

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Scaling the Movement: Permaculture Action Network Launches
By Taylor Profitt

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At the intersection of permaculture, community organizing, and social justice, a network of educators, artists, and organizers with broad and diverse audiences are pushing community and sustainability to the center of society’s cultural narrative. The Permaculture Action Network, which has facilitated dozens of crop mob-like events around the United States (and a few abroad), is a growing force with the potential […]

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The Permaculture-Inspired, Food Forest Card Game
By Karl Treen

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Two years ago we began planning a food forest based on permaculture principles for my son’s school. Generally, teaching gardening is mostly boots on the ground with a smattering of classroom work. As any good teacher knows, keeping the attention of twenty-five elementary school children through a lecture is a challenging task. That said, permaculture involves a lot of theory. […]

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Answers From the Experts: Ernie and Erica Wisner On Building Rocket Mass Heaters
By Ernie and Erica Wisner

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Rocket Mass Heater experts Ernie and Erica Wisner have a brand new book coming out this June! In honor of the kickstarter they did, they let us give you special folks a sneak peak. Here are various answers to commonly asked questions, from their Rocket Mass Heater Builder’s Guide.     A little background: Rocket mass heaters are a super-efficient, wood-burning heating system.  […]

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The Importance of Neurodiversity in Permaculture
By Neil Layton

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The social ecology of permaculture is well suited to an environment where, rather than being barely tolerated, neurodiversity is actively sought out.   One of the great strengths of Permaculture is its emphasis on diversity. A simple patch of intercropped annuals may have several species with multiple functions. A well-planned forest garden may have a plant species diversity to rival […]

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