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ABC Big Ideas writes…

American farmer Joel Salatin, the star of the documentary Food Inc, has become a “pin up boy” for the growing food “re-localisation” movement. On a recent visit to Canberra, he gives his take on food politics after a lifetime of experience in natural and profitable farming.

Salatin came to prominence with his ideas about creating abundance on a family farm. His methods include learning how to mimic nature and arrange the facets of farm life so they don’t operate as independent operations, but rather a system of “intertwined cycles”.

Disregarding conventional wisdom, the Salatins planted trees, built huge compost piles, dug ponds, moved cows daily with portable electric fencing, and utilised portable sheltering systems to produce all their animals on perennial prairie polycultures.

Salatin believes we’re now living through an age of a “food inquisition”, not unlike the religious inquisition of 500 years ago, where the powers behind industrialised agriculture and food production are putting heretical farmers like him “on the rack”.

In this talk, organised by Milkwood Permaculture in association with Slow Food Canberra, Salatin lays out twelve false assumptions peddled by the “inquisitors” which sustainable farming methods counter.”

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This is how permaculture is changing our world!

“Spreading the permaculture word – Create your own environment!” – David Power – PermaculturePower

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Plans, tools and information  to do  renewable energy and conservation projects.

Hundreds of projects — from changing a light bulb to building a solar home.

Design information and tools for building renewable energy projects.

An Experimental section for backyard inventors.

Nothing For Sale here — just free ideas, plans, and information.


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Paul Hawken’s speech at the bioneers conference on the worlds largest movement, the hundreds of thousands of grassroots organizations that address social and environmental justice.


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Little homestead in the city

Little homestead in the city

urbanhomestead.org writes…

“Path to Freedom is a grassroots, family operated, original urban homestead located in the midst of Pasadena

Surrounded by urban sprawl and just a short distance from a freeway, the Dervaes Family have steadily worked at transforming this ordinary city lot into an organic and sustainable micro-farm.

This website documents the many steps the Dervaeses have taken and hopes to inspire fellow travelers on their own life-changing journey. Be inspired to take the first step…”


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