Archive for March, 2012

See Seed Savers’ 660 film clips on seed saving and bio-cultural matters on Seedsavers Youtube Channel www.youtube.com/seedsavers It is divided into twenty-five playlists that make it easier to choose a clip or to follow a theme. Examples of our Playlists on our Youtube Channel:

Michel and Jude continue to produce and upload film clips in the seed gardens in Byron Bay, Australia. More clips are added every week, so be there!

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Wrong – Right


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Trying to find Permaculture information on Google but cannot find it… well watch this video for ideas on how you can improve your search results.

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cityfarmer.info writes…

“We did it everyone! It is now official. The UMass Permaculture team will be heading to the White House on March 15! This has been an amazing and inspiring week to see the voting results unfold and be in the center of it all. I can’t thank everyone enough for the support you’ve provided us with.”

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An article on permaculture’s history – from 1972 onwards – supplied to the New Internationalist magazine by Steve Payne and Russ Grayson, 2007…

“1972-1976 — the formative years

THE STORY OF PERMACULTURE begins in the early 1970s in Tasmania, Australia.

There, it starts with two men – a teacher and student. But let’s go back before they got together, back to their formative years, for it is here that we find the influences that set those two on a course that would intersect… a course that would create something new from the social and political turmoil of that decade.

Origins – Bill Mollison

Bill Mollison was born in 1928 in the small fishing village of Stanley, on the Bass Strait coast of cool-temperate Tasmania.

Bill Mollison in 2008
He left school at 15 to help run his family’s bakery. Among the jobs that followed were mill worker, seaman, animal trapper and shark fisherman. A rough brew for someone who would become an environmentalist, they led him to nine years at the Wildlife Survey Section of the CSIRO (Australia’s government science research organisation) and then time with the Inland Fisheries Commission of Tasmania. What the two latter jobs provided were long stints in the wild forests and coasts of Tasmania, closely monitoring the life of those ecosystems. It was this time in nature that was formative to Mollison’s ideas on ecology and on how the provision of human needs, such as agriculture, could make use of those structures and processes he observed…”

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The ocean has degraded within our lifetimes, as shown in the decreasing average size of fish. And yet, as Daniel Pauly shows us onstage at Mission Blue, each time the baseline drops, we call it the new “normal.” At what point do we stop readjusting downward?

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permaculture.co.uk writes…

“Would you like to see permaculture attracting the attention of millions? Well, with our support, one permaculture project has the chance to appear within the grounds of the most famous house in the world. Find out how the project could be featured on mtvU and how Permaculture magazine is supporting US permaculture courses…”

We have until Saturday 3rd March 2012 to vote for the UMass team. Here is the link to vote for them:campuschallenge.uservoice.com/forums/148562-campus-champions-of-change-challenge


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