Archive for January, 2011

Chuck Burr from SOPI Permaculture Blog writes…

“This is the second solar electric home we have had. The first was off the grid at 11,300’ in Telluride, Colorado with batteries and a backup propane generator. Restoration Farm in Ashland, Oregon is grid-tied and has three tracking arrays. We are net metered with Pacific Power and pay additional power we need beyond what we generate. The farmhouse is heated with a masonry wood-burning stove and the barn loft apartment with propane. One dwelling cooks with electric and the other with propane. Otherwise we do not have large electric draws beyond lighting, refrigeration and computers. System installation cost was $50,000 of which 92 percent was paid for a collection of grants…”

“…Like an ecosystem, integrated or holistic systems take the least energy to maintain because the output of one element is the input of the next element. In permaculture we put energies and resources that enter our systems to as many duties as possible. We can make 10 inches of rain per year do the work of 100 inches or harvest heat and methane from our compost. Permaculture designs get out of nature’s way and allow succession to continue without holding it back with fossil fuels. We stack functions and thereby increase yields and fertility…”


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Modern Survival writes…



“Today we will once again delve deeply into the topic of permaculture.  Permaculture in its’ modern form is the result of the combined efforts of two men, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren.

Very few people in the main stream world even understand the basics of what permaculture is, its mission and how it extends far beyond agriculture…”

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gaga writes…

“Franklin Hiram King coined the term permanent agriculture in his classic book from 1911, Farmers of Forty Centuries: Or Permanent Agriculture
in China, Korea and Japan. In this context, permanent agriculture is understood as agriculture that can be sustained indefinitely.

In 1929, Joseph Russell Smith took up the term as the subtitle for Tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture, a book in which he summed up his long experience experimenting with fruits and nuts as crops for human food and animal feed. A revised and updated edition was published in 1950. Smith observed, “Forest — field — plow — desert — that is the cycle of the hills under most plow agricultures… When we develop an agriculture that fits this land, it will become an almost endless vista of green, crop-yielding trees.” Smith saw the world as an inter-related whole and suggested mixed systems of trees and crops underneath…”

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Green Your Home All in One For Dummies

Green Your Home All in One For Dummies

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Permaculture garden

Pursuing Permaculture writes…

“Chapter 1: Introduction to Permaculture by Jesse Lemieux

This is the first in a series of fourteen introductory articles about permaculture — one for each chapter of Bill Mollison’s “Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual.” Through this series I will connect theory with practice, and share practical examples of permaculture in action.

Chapter One: “Introduction to Permaculture”

Permaculture design is a system of assembling conceptual, material and strategic components in a pattern which functions to benefit life in all its forms. It provides a sustainable and secure place for living things on earth. While each components is important, permaculture is less about the things themselves and more about how the things fit together.

Permaculture does not dwell on the negative. While we maintain a healthy awareness of present day problems, we are more focused on the positive, continually asking the question “what do we want?”...

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