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bluemountainspermacultureinstitute.com.au writes…

“We are happy to announce the release of the NEW book: Permaculture Teaching Matters, written by Rosemary Morrow and designed by Alba Teixidor.

This book was funded by a crowdfunding campaign early in 2015. It is a step by step guide to assist holders of a PDC to become effective and inspiring teachers. We look forward to them training the next generation of permaculture practitioners.”

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‘What is the difference between permaculture design and landscape design?’. This is a common question when people are first developing an understanding of permaculture design. It’s a good question!

Permaculture design goes deeper than landscape design. While both seek to create a functional and aesthetically pleasing environment, permaculture design thinks beyond the boundaries of your block. It aims to create connections that will sustain the design well beyond a lifestyle trend. The result is natural and urban elements that are better able to co-exist.

Permaculture design is systems thinking that can be applied to many situations beyond landscape garden design. This depth contributes to conditions that support permanent culture or as we know it, permaculture.

Let’s explore the difference between permaculture design and landscape design. Here are three points that make permaculture design stand out for us…

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peakprosperity.com writes…

“Permaculture” is a word fast gaining adoption in (and beyond) the agricultural and gardening worlds. We see it mentioned fairly often here on PeakProsperity.com.

But what exactly does it mean?

When asked, many of our readers have a fuzzy sense, at best. So, we’ve asked one of the top experts in the permaculture field, Toby Hemenway, to provide an ‘everyman’s’ overview of the philosophy, science and best practices of the craft. His book, Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture has been the world’s best-selling permaculture book the past 8 years running.

At its essence, permaculture is about understanding and appreciating how systems naturally operate, and combining those systems in intelligent ways to accomplish intended goals, sustainably.

And while it’s mostly applied to food production and land management today, the principles of permaculture make just as much sense for our economic, energetic, social and other systems. Which is why we want to provide the Peak Prosperity audience with a solid grounding on the subject — as Chris and I plan to actively integrate much of it going forward into the “lens” we look through at this site…”

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A truly uplifting story how humanity can repair the damaged ecosystems worldwide by systematically applying permaculture design principles and techniques to restore these systems. Ecosystem repair will be the great story of the coming decades! A return of humanity respecting ecology and starting a cooperative bond again with nature.

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http://www.ibiblio.org/ writes…

“There has been a lot of discussion recently (in January 2002 that is) over the merits of permaculture and how to measure its success. Conventional measures such as yields don’t really capture the benefits of permaculture so instead we gathered some messages about some really good examples of permaculture obtained from a discussion on the subject on the permaculture mailing list at ibiblio.org.  Below you’ll find some of the contributions made in the course of the discussion.”

“…Toby Hemenway writes:  “The best ones I’ve seen are: Flowering Tree in New Mexico, Roxanne Swentzell’s place designed by her and Joel Glanzberg. Rox has taken a 1/2 acre of bare gravel desert and, starting with swaling, mulching, and lots of N-fixers, now has a nearly closed canopy of walnuts, fruit trees, N-fixing trees, with fantastic habitat and more food and mulch than she can deal with.  Permaculture Institute of Northern California, Penny Livingston’s place, an acre of suburban jungle with chickens, ducks, and again, more food and biomass production than she can use. It’s got a cob office, and two load-bearing straw-bale buildings, a marsh and pond system that handles all the greywater and supports the duck and some irrigation. There’s a Bed-and Breakfast attached, so lots of visitors come away inspired. Too bad Penny just dropped this list, but she’s busy with a thriving design business.  The Bullock’s property on Orcas Island, north of Seattle. 10 acres that’s the best developed food forest I’ve seen, plus several acres of wetland that has chinampas in it (mostly for wildlife). They hold classes for 3 weeks each summer with 30 students, and there’s enough fruit to support grazing for the whole class the whole time. They’re off the grid, and supported by a nursery business and teaching. These are all very attractive sites, too.  None of these people are measuring yields, though I think they all have some idea of rough quantities of certain crops. I’m sure that converting each property into a conventional, row-crop farm or orchard would generate more total output (ignoring inputs) than they are currently getting, but at a severe loss of habitat, multiple function, and education about integrated systems.  And that reminds me of Jerome Osentowski’s Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute in Colorado. The particular interest here is that Jerome’s income source for about a decade was a many-specied salad-growing operation he ran in raised beds and two large greenhouses (a real feat, going year-round at 7000 feet elevation). He sold to tony restaurants in Aspen. He got sick of the huge amount of work, and demoralized by the vast quantities of organic matter that he was importing, burning up, and exporting as C02 and salad. Really high inputs. So he shifted to a food forest, which is just reaching good production now and supported a lot of heavy grazing during a class I helped teach there last summer. Again, no hard data, but his decision to shift from intensive row-cropping to food forest, and his enormous happiness with the result, is a powerful statement.”

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bitcoin magazine writes…

“Would you live in a completely sustainable skyscraper?

Colony Earth is an Eco Development company that runs on permaculture, renewable resources, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. With a mission to create a development that is a living example of healthy balanced living and education, in an environment that is focused on technology, Colony Earth is changing the way we think about everyday life.

Founder Xavier Hawk started Colony Earth after realizing the need to provide a safe, healthy and balanced lifestyle for every individual. Based on his experience living in eco-villages, sustainable communities, and his passion for cryptocurrency, Colony Earth became the first Bitcoin eco development in the world. This spring, the first eco-village will open in North Carolina, with a plan to build similar permacultures around the world, including Colony Earth skyscrapers – entirely with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies…”

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