Archive for October, 2012



lightscience.ca writes…

“As an offering to the World Community, Gaiacraft presents the second in a series of free educational media platforms exploring permaculture in a new way. Featuring 32 principles sourced from textbooks the world over, this is perhaps the largest collection of these foundational concepts. Mixing icons with definitions, this is game that can be played in countless ways. The Gaiacraft Principles Card Deck makes a great addition to anyone’s permaculture practice and works with people of all ages, educational backgrounds and experience levels.

Mingling words and icons, this toolkit reviews both basic and complex concepts that can be applied to any situation or site, design or decision making process. These cards can help you understand the permaculture principles to a deeper degree while evolving your ability to share this information with others.

These beautifully illustrated, full color, double sided cards are available freely for download as printable files. We recommend high quality color printing and laminating the cards for ease of use in outdoor learning environments. This toolset is sure to evolve your permaculture practice.

Brought to you by Gaiacraft – http://www.gaiacraft.com

Design and Layout : Lunaya Shekinah, http://www.lightscience.ca

Writing and Editing : Delvin Solkinson, http://www.elvism.net

Upgrading and Editing : Tamara Griffiths : tamaraandduckyhaveadventures.blogspot.ca

Source Curriculum : Bill Mollison, David Holmgren, Robin Clayfield, Rosemary Morrow and Toby Hemenway

Download them here

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Plant Catching

Free plants, surplus produce and gardening materials.

PlantCatching writes…

“It should be possible to find plants in your local neighborhood, given by neighbors who also garden. We all like to replace plants or fill a void and try new arrangements for testing whether such a plant will take to the soil or sunlight conditions. And it would be good if the nursery wasn’t the only option.

The avid gardener always has plants to offer. This may be a plant to be divided, perhaps a plant which doesn’t fair well in the garden conditions, or extra seedlings and seeds too. We don’t always know with whom to share this surplus of plants, and more often than not it ends up in the garbage or compost.

PlantCatching wants to solve both of these problems by helping you find new plants close to you and giving you the means to provide your own. It would be very surprising if you did not meet more people with the same passion as you after using PlantCatching!”


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Teaching kids how to feed themselves...

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Charles of PermacultureWest and Terra Perma Design shows us how to make a simple pond, and a range of useful edible water plants.

Plastic Liners in Ponds

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Growing your own food



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Guide for seed saving ebook

Permaculture Magazine writes…

“Celebrating Occupy the Seed Week – here’s our free guide to saving seed”


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The importance of water

Guy Laliberté explains how he recreated the circus in the modern day. He emphasizes that his aim with Cirque du Soleil is to promote the art form, channel creativity and overcome a challenge. He speaks about the responsibility of individuals and business leaders to cultivate a global community.


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Treehugger.com writes…


“Permaculture (and any good ecological design) is all about making connections between different elements in a design. (The classic bird feeder bread boardbeing a great illustrative example of such thinking.)

This strawbale chicken coop is another case in point. Highly insulated, with bedding available just where you need it—and a watering system that automatically provides rainwater to the chickens on demand. The positioning of the coop is carefully planned too, ensuring that excess runoff goes down to feed fruit trees on the slope below…”


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On August 24, 2012 Skillset in partnership with Net Balance and ABC Rural presented FACETS 2012, a TEDx styled event that focused on key issues for regional Australia: Food, Agriculture, Climate, Energy, Topsoil and Sustainability.

FACETS 2012 consisted of 16 presentations of no more than 18 minutes each, delivered by passionate and informed people with the aim to empower people, build useful connections and bring about a positive change in our communities.

The FACETS 2012 hub event held at Skillset’s Flannery Centre in Bathurst NSW, was linked live to satellite events in regional locations across Australia, this ensured that FACETS 2012 initiated international, national and local conversations worth having.

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