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the war on Monsanto

The seeds of life are not what they once were Mother Nature and God don’t own them anymore So belts out the veteran singer songwriter Neil Young with Promise of the Real on their title track from his latest album, The Monsanto years. What is the old protest rocker raging about? Monsanto and the war […]


IPCUK opening addresses

David Holmgren and Jonathon Porritt addressed the opening session of the International Permaculture Conference [IPCUK] in London on Tues [8 September 2015]. The following notes were taken by Ian Lillington, who coincidentally worked under Porritt at Friends of the Earth in London in 1990. Co-originator Holmgren talked about the ‘waves’ of permaculture’s growth – he […]


Open day at Birrith

Birrith Birrith, a mature yet still evolving permaculture property in the permaculture neighbourhood of Hepburn has hosted one well attended open day and is hosting the second on October 3rd. It is a property developed principally by Maureen Corbett, one of the original Solar Sisters, and the pillar of the Holmgren Design office. Maureen’s property is now […]


Bee informed

The brand new issue of Australia’s only printed Permaculture journal Pip magazine is out. Pip #4 is packed with articles on soil, perennials, the art of free travel, a permaculture diet, sharing permaculture with your children, earth bag building and more. Its feature is, as you may have already guessed, bees. Humble bees. What is […]


12th International Permaculture Conference

Design the world we want, is the theme of the 12th International Permaculture Conference due to take place in London on September 8 and 9.  Among the luminaries of permaculture, David Holmgren, co-originator of the Permaculture concept, will deliver a 10 min message from 9.50am at the very start of the conference on Sept 8th, […]


Beyond the WAR on invasive species

Beyond the WAR on invasive species: A Permaculture Approach to Ecosystem Restoration is a new book by Tao Orion published by Chelsea Green. Beyond the WAR on Invasive Species offers a much-needed alternative perspective on invasive species and the best practices for their management based on a holistic, permaculture-inspired framework. Utilizing the latest research and […]


Bushfire resilient landscapes

This is a video record of  David Holmgren presentation on bushfire resilient landscapes buildings homes and communities in a forum held in April 2015 in Hewett. The forum was initiated by Transition Gawler (TG) to support and educate residents on fire prevention and mitigation through a new set of design principles. Time: 7pm Friday 24 […]

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Your Town, Your Food

Too cold to go out in the garden? Winter is a good time to prepare and plan for the seasons to come. It’s future planning time. It is also a good time to watch a good film. Well, if that is your cup of tea and if you are in the Goulburn Valley area, and […]


Melliodora tours

Melliodora will open its door for the public tour on Sept 6, Oct 4, Nov 1, Dec 6 in 2015, then in 2016, on Jan 10, Feb 7, Mar 6, Apr 3 and May 1. We have decided to integrate our tours into a whole day outing. To understand Melliodora you have to understand the whole system, how all components relate to […]


Global Chorus

Global Chorus is an interesting hybrid of book and daily reader, on the environmental theme. The book contains the responses from 365 eminent concerned people across the globe to this question: Do you think that humanity can find a way past the current global environmental and social crises? Will we be able to create the […]