I just stumbled across a video on YouTube where a UK permaculturists uses a simple hand-drawn diagram to explain the basic ecological principles that underpin permaculture growing techniques, principles like succession, the ecological services given by different plants, and mutually-benficial interactions of plant guilds, and the effect of soil Ph and microbiotic communities on what can grow there. Online video is highly accessible medium for teaching new concepts, especially to visual learners.
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Te Mara Farm in Motueka (South Island, New Zealand) is part of Atamai Ecovillage and has been developed as a traditional mixed farming operation. It’s organic - but not certified. Free-Range egg production is currently the main source of income, though there is also veggie production, a small dairy, sheep and some pigs. There is a well-designed nursery set-up for propagation.
Rosemary Penwarden of Oil Free Otago was interviewed recently on the RadioNZ programme Our 'Changing World' about the new community workspace in North East Valley, Ōtepoti (Dunedin), where ordinary gas guzzlers are being converted into electric vehicles:
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As of today, all traffic from permaculture.org.nz is being sent via secure (https) protocol. This is fast becoming the norm, although the site may be a little slower if you are on a poor Internet connection.
The change may have the side effect of stored passwords being lost, as your browser is only storing them for the standard (http://) url.
Great news... we've a date and venue for our hui next year.
We want you to join us:
At Epworth Retreat, Finlay Road, Hora Hora near Lake Karapiro, Waikato.
On ANZAC Weekend, Saturday 23, Sunday 24, Monday 25 April 2016
Exact start/ finish times TBC
Mark it in your diary and start those travel plans.
This 2006 study provides further support for the inverse relationship between size of landholding and productivity - ie that smaller farms are more productive per hectare than large farms. This relationship has now been well demonstrated in a number of countries