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Scott London writes…

“Bill Mollison calls himself a field biologist and itinerant teacher. But it would be more accurate to describe him as an instigator. When he published Permaculture One in 1978, he launched an international land-use movement many regard as subversive, even revolutionary.

Permaculture — from permanent and agriculture — is an integrated design philosophy that encompasses gardening, architecture, horticulture, ecology, even money management and community design. The basic approach is to create sustainable systems that provide for their own needs and recycle their waste.

Mollison developed permaculture after spending decades in the rainforests and deserts of Australia studying ecosystems. He observed that plants naturally group themselves in mutually beneficial communities. He used this idea to develop a different approach to agriculture and community design, one that seeks to place the right elements together so they sustain and support each other…”

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Networkearth.org writes…

“These videos are documents from two design courses taught by Bill Mollison at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose Texas in 1994 and 1995. They are a definitive selection from our original 16 part series. These tapes bear many viewings and will benefit anyone who wants to learn how to help regenerate the earth – from back yard to bio-region. Teachers of permaculture have found these tapes to be a valuable coaching tool – edited to one hour.”

The Function Of Design
This is an opening lecture. The principles of functional design for sustainability are unique to Permaculture design.

Fundamentals Of Pattern
From a singular event all other events are set in motion in recognizable and predictable patterns This pattern recognition is the core of design in Permaculture.

Pattern Application
Efficiency of energy, resources, and time, and the creation of highly productive systems are the results of good Permaculture design. The methods are obvious once we have become co-creative with the forces of nature.

Home Gardening
Find out why it is so important to grow your own food and how to install the easiest, and highly productive, home food propagation systems; mulch garden, potato box, herb’s spiral, and more. You don’t need much space. These are basic Permacultural techniques.

Trees 1
The tree is life – profound, magnificent, and mysterious. To learn what little we can know of trees is sufficient to leave one awestruck and reverent.

Trees 2
Why is a tree green? Where does a tree end or begin? Why have all human societies destroyed the tree? A Mollison rave.

Farmer’s Trees
These are very specific trees which are used around the world for their ability to improve
soils. They are invaluable in range for livestock, as well as in fields under cultivation.

Forests And Woodlands
Methods to plant, sustain, and best utilize woodland and wood for fuel, forage, windbreak and construction.

Pasture And Range Restoration
What is cultura promiscua? To maintain functional bio-diversity is a basic tenet of Permaculture. Severely degraded land can be easily restored to highly productive land by using good observation techniques, plants and animals in succession, and common sense.

Soil Conditioning
… a continuation of #10. Two main techniques: the chisel-plow, and the wonders of worms and how to cultivate them. The patterns described in these two videos can be replicated in any type of Permaculture system, and scaled to any size.

…a continuation of the Trees video. Potable water – where does it come from? How did it get there? What has become of it? What we can do to ensure that we will have safe water to drink, and to conserve as much of this precious material as possible.

Once one has learned to harvest water, then the real fun begins with production of the myriad of foods and marketable commodities hosted by ponds and other water-rich environments.

Planting In Drylands
There are a multitude of ways to harvest, conserve, and utilize water. These strategies apply to coastal regions or islands with with zero precipitation, arid lands, as well as to areas with plentiful seasonal rainfall.

Drylands 1
As desert is rapidly claiming vast areas of our planet, millions are on the verge of starvation. Yet, crops which occur naturally in arid land can provide all necessary nutrition for people and animals. The strategies discussed arise from years of observation in the deserts of Australia and from the peoples of Kalahari.

Drylands 2
… continuation of Drylands 1. Never, never irrigate the desert. The devastation caused by irrigation of arid land is irreparable. But there are alternatives: methods to set up a drought proof system. This is serious Permaculture!

Working at Ground Level
A documentary on the permaculture work done in Ecuador by the Rainforest Information Center, Centro de Investigatión de los Bosques Tropicales.

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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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A tremendous audio interview with Frank Aragona from Agroinnovations.

[Click here for Part I interview]

Permaculture Design with Bill Mollison (Part I)

[Click here for Part II interview]

The World According to Mollison (Permaculture Part II)



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The Food Forest writes…

This rare and candid interview with David Holmgren, co-originator of the permaculture concept was obtained by Sam Collins during a Permacuture Design Certificate course David taught at The Food Forest in April 2010. David reflects on the future of human occupation on the planet and permacultures template for survival and abundance.

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telegraph.co.uk writes…

“John Rudgard was leading a stressful life in the hospitality sector, working unholy hours at the office when his wife, Stephanie, sent him on a course — Permaculture for Busy People. It changed their lives. Now they lead a more sustainable existence, raising animals and growing food, and make a living teaching others how to follow in their footsteps, from their house, Rifleman Cottage, in Kent… ”

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richsoil.com writes…

“A bit of breakfast with Larry Korn in Ashland, Oregon. Larry was an intern for Masaobu Fukuoka for several years and did the translation for One Straw Revolution.
Larry starts off talking about the time that Bill Mollison (the inventor of permaculture) first met Fukuoka.
Larry conveys Fukuokas position on lawns, apple trees, rice, seed balls, desert, agriculture, building soil, feed the world, organic farming, pruning, Sepp Holzer, burdock, dandelion, daikon radish, buckwheat, mustard, white clover, compost, chop and drop, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, grapes, squash, chickens and much, much more.
Jocelyn Campbell of jocelynsevents.com helps with this podcast.”


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