Articles

Articles

This section is a collection of articles, reference materials, discussions and general information on a range of topics, including the more controversial ones.

List of Articles:

  • Lessons from an Urban Back Yard Food Forest Experiment – an article I wrote for Permaculture Research Institute about my garden.
  • Why Food Forests? – an article I wrote for Permaculture Research Institute, which discusses the reasons why food forests are far more productive than commercial agricultural practices, and why we should be using this model of food production above other approaches.
  • Permaculture Lawns – an article I wrote for Permaculture Research Institute, a light hearted but educational article that examines the application of Permaculture design principles in the context of one of the most controversial areas, lawns!.
  • Permaculture and Philosophy – an article I wrote for Permaculture Research Institute, an in-depth examination of the controversial subject of the place of philosophy in Permaculture.
  • Food Forests and Earth Stewardship – an article I wrote for Permaculture Research Institute, which examine humanity’s relationship to Nature, how it has changed over time, how we can reclaim our unique ecological niche through Permaculture and food forests, and the benefits gained from reclaiming our rightful place as stewards of the Nature.
  • Perennial Plants and Permaculture – an article I wrote for Permaculture Research Institute, which examines the reasons for using perennial plants in Permaculture food production systems, and the ecological benefits gained by doing this, which is contrasted against the impact of annual food production systems on soils in terms of salinity and erosion.
  • Food Forests and Natural Pest Control – Observations – an article I wrote for Permaculture Research Institute, this article is about my observations of the effectiveness of natural pest controls in a food forest garden over a four year period in comparison to two hydroponic systems which I utilised as my experimental controls.
  • Wellbeing Gardening – Gardening for the Body, Mind & Spirit – an article I wrote for Permaculture Research Institute, this article discusses the latest scientific findings about the health benefits of gardening, and looks at how we can expand the scope of our Permaculture designs to derive maximum health benefits from our gardens.
  • Wellbeing Gardening – Gardening for the Body, Mind & Spirit – an article I wrote for Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA), a variation of the above article.
  • Permaculture Ethics – Making Them Work -  an article I wrote for Permaculture Research Institute, which addresses some of the concerns raised by some segments of the Permaculture community about the Permaculture ethics.
  • Cities – Food Free Zones? The Creation of the Urban Food Desert -  an article I wrote for Permaculture Research Institute, which looks into why we don’t have food growing in public spaces, the problem of urban areas becoming ‘food deserts’ and the role urban agriculture can play to address the problem of food security. The truth might not be pleasant, but needs to be told.
  • Understanding Urban Agriculture – Part 1, The Present State in Historical Context – an article I wrote for Permaculture Research Institute, which  discusses the history of localized agriculture and the journey to our present state.
  • Understanding Urban Agriculture – Part 2, Productivity, Potential and Possibilities – an article I wrote for Permaculture Research Institute, which looks at real-life urban agriculture productivity figures and show how urban agriculture is working currently worldwide  and how productive it really is!
  • Understanding Urban Agriculture – Part 3, Calculating the Food Production Potential of a City – an article I wrote for Permaculture Research Institute, which categorizes and analyses the different types of obstacles to urban agriculture, then questions the concept of resource limits to urban agriculture in a modern city by going through the exercise of calculating the food growing potential of the city of Melbourne, Australia. The results are very interesting to say the least…

One Response to Articles

  1. Angelo (admin) says:

    I’ve updated the links to the articles I’ve written for Permaculture Research Institute, as they’ve changed their web address (twice)!

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