Permaculture Articles

A little less grass in our yard and a little more space for planting! We decided to use all the biomass from the trees we recently trimmed to make a hugelkultur bed in our garden. We also created a winding path along the outside of where our annual garden will be to help keep out the grass.  All of read more...
I have deep gratitude in my heart to all of you for supporting me with my initiative in Haiti and for helping to make this possible through your donations, helping to spread the word, and sending positive energy. As I prepare for this trip, I have a sense of being in touch with the oneness of our read more...
After a few years of dreaming and several months of intentional observation, we've finally started a bit of garden here at our new home!  This weekend, we sheet mulched a new garden bed, planted a small guild of edible plants and put up a mini hoop house! SHEET MULCH AND OUR FIRST MINI GUILD! We' read more...
Approaches to lessening tsunami damage. By Douglas Barnes Special thanks to Steve Cran The earthquake and devastating tsunami of March 11, 2011 shocked the world with images of widespread destruction. All during my13 years in Japan, I lived under the constant threat of “The Big One.” It never came read more...
We're excited to announce that the Permaculture Institute of Eastern Ontario, in collaboration with Sustainable Living Ottawa East (SLOE), will host an introductory course and an 84-hour "Permaculture Design Course" in Ottawa in 2011. Applying the permaculture ethic of people care, we're doing our read more...
As I was reviewing reference tables on edible plants in the wee hours of the morning, I started thinking that my relationship with permaculture has been like a love affair.  (I've been reading "Diary of a Compost Hotline Operator" by Spring Gillard, and in one chapter, the author writes about art read more...
In April, 2009, shortly before embarking on a month-long permaculture aid project in India, I designed a passive solar residence to serve as my home base. This first step on the road to true sustainability was just the start of a journey that has continued with the help of sheer stubbornness. When read more...
My first trip to Haiti last May was a journey of stark contrasts; the best I could do was breathe deeply, and bring my heart and mind fully to the work at hand. I am noticing the contrasts again today. We've raised over $8300 for my volunteer projects in Haiti (as of January 28).  I am in awe that read more...
We've raised over $4000 - getting close to the goal of $5300!  I'm so grateful for all the support :)  (A number of donations came by cheque and Interac, and unfortunately, they don't show up in the red box.) DONATIONS & TAX RECEIPTS If you would like to make a donation, any amount is read more...
WHAT I PLAN TO DO IN HAITI I plan on going back to Haiti for 5 weeks in January and volunteering with two organisations, AMURT in Port-au-Prince and Noramise in the North; I am fundraising to make this work possible.  At the heart of this, is my desire to support the rebuilding of Haiti, based on a read more...

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