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Introduction to Permaculture Design

Introduction to Permaculture Design with Geoff Lawton. Based on the Bill Mollison Permaculture Manual and the 72 hour Permaculture Design Certificate course, Geoff Lawton explains the theory and takes you through a number of Permaculture designed projects that are patterned on Nature. An ideal introduction for anyone interested in learning more about Permaculture.

Permaculture design principles seeks a close mimicry of natural ecosystems. However, it is not always so meticulously designed.

Sami Grover writes at treehugger.com. “Permaculture is usually taught as a fairly methodical design discipline. But I learned about it somewhat differently. I make no apologies here for my bias in writing about my friend Mike Feingold – teacher, gardener, and co-conspirator who has been introducing the world, and Bristol, England in particular, to permaculture, sustainability and some fantastic varieties of fruit…

“For those of a more systematic mindset, Mike’s take on permaculture may seem chaotic – but with decades of experience in sustainable farming across the globe – from Africa to India to the Middle East and Europe – he seems to have a six sense for utilizing nutrient and resource flows, and minimizing the need for inputs of human labor or fossil fuels – all of which is at the heart of permaculture.”

May 29, 2013   No Comments

Linda Runyon on Wild Food Foraging


“Weeds are in every country of the world, so it’s beyond me why there is world hunger. An entire civilization is walking on their food.” -Linda Runyon

Linda Runyon spoke these words after years of teaching herself how to live from the land. “I have this driving force to let others know they can survive. I see pictures of Afghanistan children eating bread made from grass. They are actually eating healthy food. Starving people are probably walking on food that would keep them alive, if they knew how to use it. Wild foods can be dried and kept for decades, and their seeds can be planted to grow again after all that time.”

Linda’s knowledge and expertise come from years of wilderness living, and learning on her own just what foods were safe to eat. She became familiar with medicinal herbs as an offshoot of her friendship with members of the Iroquois Indians in the Adirondack wilds, where she lived.

Her book The Essential Wild Food Survival Guide is one of the best I’ve seen. After buying and using a number of “edible plant” books, I realized I really need a better understanding of how to cook and how to store these foraged foods. Linda covers this in detail in her book. So her book is exactly what I have been search for in the last couple of years. And now I finally found it! You can get her book through her web site: ofthefield.com

Below is more of the radio program with her. [Read more →]

March 29, 2013   No Comments

Bill Mollison – Permaculture Design

This interview is done by Frank Aragona, on the Agroinnovations Podcast.

Bruce Charles ‘Bill’ Mollison is a researcher, author, scientist, teacher and naturalist from Australia. He is considered to be the ‘father of permaculture’, an integrated system of design, co-developed with David Holmgren, that encompasses not only agriculture, horticulture, architecture and ecology, but also economic systems, land access strategies and legal systems for businesses and communities. He received the Right Livelihood Award in 1981 with Patrick van Rensburg.

December 16, 2012   No Comments