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Ultimate Aim of Production – Rich and Free Beings

rich-and-free-beingsThe ultimate aim of production must be to create a harmonious network of rich and free beings. When there is fair share, care of the earth and care of people as our core ethics, we search for a way to integrate our needs and productive efforts. We can tread delicately upon others and other creatures and become mindful of the impact of our actions. We can minimise the unnecessary disturbances and waste and enjoy seeking that which truly feeds our bodies and minds.

Permaculture in 3 Words – Design, Observe, Adapt

permaculture-isPermaculture differs from other ecological and social movements because it’s core focus is design.  It is not a lobby movement (although many of us may feel the need to lobby governments to achieve our community goals).  It is not just about conserving our existing bio-diversity. It offers solutions that are based on consultation and seek a fair way to build a resilient future for humanity and for plant and animal life.

Permaculture design begins with ethics, optimism and planning.  Permaculture design adapts dynamically as a result of keen observation and feedback. Each person’s design will be different but we all have the same ideals: to find a way to live that cares for other people and cares for the planet.

Permaculture Zones

Permaculture Zoning in a bag
Permaculture Design Technique called Zoning, can be practiced on a wide range of scales as diverse from Farms to kitchen, to bags.

Zoning is a Permaculture design technique where we put the elements or items of a design in areas according to need. The needs of the item and our use of it. For instance, we need tea herbs, so we plant them in pots on the kitchen window sill, (zone 0) some more near our doorstep (Zone 1) and other types of mint that love a lot of space, can serve other purposes such as suppressing weeds and only need occasional attention (such as mint) further away, perhaps in Zone 3.  Permaculture Techniques such as Zoning are scale-able.  The design technique called Zoning can be applied on large farms, city apartments, urban homes,  kitchen design,  and even in the design or re-design of a little bag. (you can redesign a bag by inserting pockets, wallets or compartments. This is similar to how we re-design a property by using fencing for the zones).

You can also view here a traditional view of permaculture zoning for a farm.

Permaculture-Thinking Promotes Revolutionary Technology

Some people might think that living a Permaculture lifestyle means going back to peasant farming. Actually it is the opposite.  Permaculture steps beyond the industrial era, beyond the technological era and into a balancing era.

The rocket stove principle. Source: Aprovecho

The two core ethics of Permaculture are People Care and Planet Care. These ethics are balanced beautifully by the use of high-efficiency low-cost designs. It is the focus on intelligent design, awareness and use of Biomimcry and constant search for efficiency that drives the long list of Permaculture achievements.

There have been huge gains in solar power, responsible composting systems, bio-diesel fuel from algae,  Plastic-eating bacteria and many recent discoveries that give us strides in efficiency. Science is fast catching up with Permaculture ethics, realising that only through balance can we have resilience and true sustainability.

In the quietly revolutionary 70s hippie-era ‘alternative technology’ made massive chicken-drumsticks-and-potatos-for-dinnerimprovements in the lives of many people.  Simple little modifications to ancient old techniques led to new inventions like The Rocket Stove, Bio-char, bio-gas fuel, Humanure and many domestic experiments in Solar and wind which are now commercially viable.

Learn with us how to make a Rocket-Stove for your picnics and outdoor holiday adventures. Learn how to cook on open flame or in a home-made pizza oven.

Trees – The Gentlest Superheros of All Time

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Every single day – a tree transforms sunlight and water into:

Fuel – Wood and Oils, Food, Forage, Fodder, Structural timber, Conservation Habitat, Carbon Sequestration, Soil Management, Water management, Oils, Nuts, Fruits, Edible leaves, Mulch, Shelter, Animal barrier and fodder, Fungi Habitat above and below the ground, Alcohol, Cloud seeding (fungi and dust), Temperature regulation (cooling hot air, warming cold air), Wind and Frost mitigation and many more powerful acts.

July Hands-On Permaculture Design Course

This permaculture design was created by April 15 years ago and has travelled the world extensively. It has been used to promote courses and workshops in many countries.
This permaculture design was created by April 15 years ago and has traveled the world extensively. Good design never dates.

Permaculture Visions Instructor, April Sampson-Kelly is co-teaching this course. Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC) 6th to 18th July 2015 Sydney.
For the ultimate PDC experience the Permaculture Sydney Institute offers its winter PDC with some of Sydney’s experienced permaculture elders – Penny Pyett, April Sampson Kelly, Peter Brecknock and other special guests. Each has well-established credentials in permaculture. They also have well established permaculture properties and experience designing and developing many others. They have worked professionally in Permaculture teaching, designing and consulting for over 15 years as well as participating in the broader permaculture community in a voluntary capacity.

The PDC at the beautiful and very lush Banksia Country Retreat
makes it not just a course but also a very special two-week experience in style and comfort: log fires, wholesome food and luxurious facilities you will never forget. A heavily discounted PDC accommodation package enables you to immerse yourself totally in an on-site permaculture experience of a lifetime.

This is the final PDC offered at the extraordinary value of $1495 including meals.

The Institutes traditional PDC, as designed by Bill Mollison, is taught globally using the “Designers Manual” as the curriculum. Upon completion of the PDC Participants receive the PDC Certificate as issued by the Permaculture Institutes with global recognition.
Inquiries phone Penny:

http://www.permaculturesydneyinstitute.org/event/permaculture-design-certificate-course-pdc/

Hybrid Learning Path

Permaculture Visions now offers a hybrid blend of online and face-to-face intensive workshops.  See our current workshops here. Workshop participants also have access to our comprehensive notes for that topic.

This learning pathway gives you the chance to do some of our face-to-face workshops as part of your PDC. You may also get RPL [Recognition of Prior Learning] from other permaculture institutions.

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Helping the Hungry Feed Themselves

Helping the Hungry Feed Themselves is the motto of the The Most Expansive Food Database in the world. This database is accessible and beautiful and is supported by a genuine passion to serve all humanity. Bruce French and his family have collated a wide range of food plants around the world.

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“Bruce French, founder of FPI Food Plants International, was living in Papua New Guinea at the time and noticed that many villagers suffered disease and malnutrition, often while surrounded by nutritious food plants.

It wasn’t that they didn’t know anything about their local plants, but there were clearly a lot more edible plants than were readily recognised. Also, there was very little nutritional information available about the plants. Bruce also observed that most of the information taught in agricultural colleges related to temperate plants commonly produced in Western agriculture.

From these humble beginnings, Bruce set out to document the food plants of Papua New Guinea, an effort that soon spread to include the entire world of food plants.”  http://foodplantsinternational.com/articles/

 

The Largest Herd On Earth

“Bob” Brown is an Australian former politician, medical doctor, environmentalist, former Senator and former Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens. Bob gave the opening address to the 12th Australian Permaculture Convergence March 2015.
What fires my boilers is being here with 200 Permaculturalists. If the world was run by you we would be fine.” Bob also pointed out that the human race is the largest herd of mammals to have grazed the earth.

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http://www.bobbrown.org.au/

Growing Food Indoors

Even when the weather is wild outside, we can grow food indoors. Rooms that have some sunlight can have plants growing at the sill. Lots of yummy sprouts love the cozy indoors. Indoor plants also help improve air quality by trapping dust and toxins then releasing healthier air. Caring for plants also improves our mental well being. Best of all, a growing plant reminds of us of our our own need for natural light, when the plant is happy, the conditions are better for us too.

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