Transition Ethics: The Art of Compromise
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Transition Ethics: The Art of Compromise

Permaculture Design is many things to many people, but one of its pillars is a set of three ethics.  These as originally laid out by Bill Mollison are Care of the Earth Care of People Redistribution of the Surplus These are our primary directives for how to act to sustain the earth.  Or on a […]

The Possibility Handbook: A Toolkit for Transformation
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The Possibility Handbook: A Toolkit for Transformation

The Permaculture Podcast with Scott Mann is possibly one of the most inspiring and transformative collections of media out there. Through interviews with permaculture practitioners, activists, scientists and authors, the podcast is spreading the wisdom and power of permaculture around the world. It may just be the next step for a truly sustainable future! Ethan […]

Drought is a Choice
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Drought is a Choice

A lot of people sit back and blame the lack of water in California on climate change and natural occurrences. It is clearly an issue that can be tackled on a local, decentralized level. This video by Connor Jones, Founder of Ojai Permaculture and East End Eden defends this point and provides solutions as he […]

Defending the Right for Affordable, Local Food at an Urban Farm in CA
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Defending the Right for Affordable, Local Food at an Urban Farm in CA

  Albany, CA—Farm defenders chained themselves to heavy machinery that was removing the topsoil from a portion of the Gill Tract farm in Albany, CA this Thursday (28). This halted a day of construction over the contested farmland. Contractors began work on the southern portion of the Gill Tract last week, a historical farm sold […]

5 Ways to Expand Your Permaculture Education in 2016
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5 Ways to Expand Your Permaculture Education in 2016

It’s a new year, and a great opportunity to take your alternative education to new heights so you can pursue the life you are passionate about and make money doing it. Here are the top 5 ways to accelerate your permaculture and sustainable living education in 2016. 1) Take a Permaculture Design Course (or other […]

Top 10 Books to Deepen Your Relationship with Nature
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Top 10 Books to Deepen Your Relationship with Nature

  Nature is the primary teacher. We have an infinite amount we can learn from plants, patterns, landscapes, animals and soil about ourselves and our relationships with each other. Guiding others to deeper their connection with nature is an art form that can be further developed through study or simply by doing. Although nature is our first […]

8 Things You Need to Know About Rocket Mass Heaters
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8 Things You Need to Know About Rocket Mass Heaters

This is a guest post reposted from Common Sense Homesteading by Cassie Langstraat. When I first heard about rocket mass heaters I was kind of skeptical. I read that they could eliminate something like 80-90% of the wood of a conventional stove and I thought, “Bah! That seems like a pretty unreasonable claim to me.”  So I […]

Natural Building is Empowering Women
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Natural Building is Empowering Women

As a young woman, I live with the assumption by others that I can’t build things, like a bench, table, or house.  It is assumed that I am not strong enough or that I need help from a man.  I will never be able to build my own home with this attitude.  Ladies, let me […]