Tag Archives: permaculture

The Tomato Incident | Vermont Commons

25 Sep

The Transition movement is rooted in permaculture principles, which some people call “social permaculture.” Applied on a social level, the principle of observation leads to some important foundational questions. Where are we? What’s going on? Who’s involved? Where are we going? How are we getting there? How do we work together?

This isn’t something that we can simply read articles about. We need to experience these questions together in shoulder-to-shoulder, hands-on kinds of ways (kind of like my tomato plants) to see—by trial and error- just what makes us lush, green and bountiful! Reading articles can ignite good ideas—but they have to be tried on, worn and felt. We have to experience what works and what doesn’t in order to make choices for our communities (and our gardens) that will give us thriving resilience.

This means getting out there and doing it. It means shucking off the social isolation that, as Americans, we have unquestionably accepted for the past two decades. It means letting go of the concept of ‘rugged individualism’. The Transition  movement is about transitioning away from overly individuated singularity toward an integrated synthesis. We, as individuals, will necessarily awaken to our roles as a part of the collective. We will reclaim our rightful place as ‘citizens’ instead of being merely content to be ‘consumers’.

via The Tomato Incident | Vermont Commons.


Open Source Permaculture — Indiegogo

15 Apr

To suppor the development of a FREE permaculture resource, click the link at the bottom of this post, read all about the project, and make a contrabution.

Open Source Permaculture

What will this comprehensive resource contain? This project will fund the creation of an Urban Permaculture Guide eBook and the Open Source Permaculture Q&A Website + Wiki:

Urban Permaculture Guide – FREE eBook (circa 400 pages)

This will be the first freely available, comprehensive ebook teaching the use of permaculture in urban spaces! You will find easy to understand DIY tips that can be applied in your flat, tiny backyard, rooftop or community garden, including topics like:

* Indoor and Balcony Gardening – Permaculture Style

* Vertical Gardens

* Tree Crops and Edible Forests

* Guerilla Gardening

* School gardens

* Community Supported Agriculture

* Mushroom log cultivation

* Spiral Herb Gardens & Medicinal Herbs

* Composting and Vermi-composting

* Rainwater collection

* Micro-livestock

* Wind and Solar Energy

* Transportation

* …and much More!

This FREE eBook will also include interviews with founders of successful Urban Permaculture projects and a comprehensive list of FREE online educational resources.

The eBook will be released under a CC BY-SA license.

Open Source Permaculture Q&A Website + Wiki

With the website and wiki, you will have access to an expansive database of trusted resources and permaculture experts at your fingertips, to help resolve all of your gardening and landscaping problems. The Open Source Permaculture Website and Wiki will be cultivated by a community of experienced permaculture practitioners, allowing for a deeper understanding of permaculture and sustainability to everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re just growing a tiny container garden or if you’re running a full-fledge urban farm business. Whatever your project is, Open Source Permaculture aims to provide a real, working solution.

via Open Source Permaculture — Indiegogo.

Permaculture, a Beginners Guide

14 Oct

“Permaculture offers a radical approach to food production and urban renewal, water, energy and pollution. It integrates ecology, landscape, organic gardening, architecture and agro-forestry in creating a rich and sustainable way of living. It uses appropriate technology giving high yields for low energy inputs, achieving a resource of great diversity and stability. The design principles are equally applicable to both urban and rural dwellers” – Bill Mollison

via Permaculture, a Beginners Guide.