Maximum Unsustainability – The Worst Ways to Ride Your Bike

Riding a bike is a sustainable, green, eco-friendly transport option, right? Well, “it’s not what you do, it’s the way that you do it” as the old saying goes. If you want to know how to destroy the planet faster, undermine community spirit and generally be ‘part of the problem’ in all ways possible byContinue reading “Maximum Unsustainability – The Worst Ways to Ride Your Bike”

Winter Fruit Tree Pruning – Free Workshop

Winter Fruit Tree Pruning Free Workshop Pruning fruit trees may be regarded as an art and a science, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, it’s fairly easy! Learn how to prune your fruit trees in winter to keep them to a manageable size and maximize fruiting. Angelo Eliades from Deep Green PermacultureContinue reading “Winter Fruit Tree Pruning – Free Workshop”

Technological Utopianism – Why bad ideas cause very real environmental problems

Is science going to solve all the world’s problems? Can we continue engaging in practices which cause environmental damage and disregard our impact on the planet because ‘one day in the future’, through our technological brilliance, someone else will be able to fix it and all other problems? This is what the ideology of TechnologicalContinue reading “Technological Utopianism – Why bad ideas cause very real environmental problems”

Do People Really Care about the Environment?

Here’s an article I wrote for Permaculture Research Institute (PRI) – “Do People Really Care about the Environment?”,  which looks at current research showing how sustainable different nations are, their attitudes to sustainability, and the root causes of unsustainable behaviour. Read my article on PRI’s website here – Do People Really Care about the Environment?

Permaculture, Politics and Solutions Thinking

Here’s an article I wrote for Permaculture Research Institute (PRI) – “Permaculture, Politics and Solutions Thinking”, which discusses the concept of permaculture solutions thinking, the positive aspect of permaculture’s own political roots which encourage cooperation, and how divisive political thought is detrimental to objective solutions thinking. It’s quite a thought provoking piece which is backedContinue reading “Permaculture, Politics and Solutions Thinking”

Understanding Urban Agriculture – Part 3, Calculating the Food Production Potential of a City

I’ve just written the third part to my Urban agriculture series of articles for Permaculture Research Institute -  Understanding Urban Agriculture – Part 3, Calculating the Food Production Potential of a City This third article categorizes and analyses the different types of obstacles to urban agriculture, then questions the concept of resource limits to urbanContinue reading “Understanding Urban Agriculture – Part 3, Calculating the Food Production Potential of a City”

Understanding Urban Agriculture – Part 2, Productivity, Potential and Possibilities

I’ve just written the second part to my Urban agriculture article for Permaculture Research Institute -  Understanding Urban Agriculture – Part 2, Productivity, Potential and Possibilities In the first article we looked at the history of localized agriculture and the journey to our present state. This second article examines real-life urban agriculture productivity figures andContinue reading “Understanding Urban Agriculture – Part 2, Productivity, Potential and Possibilities”

Understanding Urban Agriculture – Part 1, The Present State in Historical Context

I’ve just written a new article for Permaculture Research Institute -  Understanding Urban Agriculture – Part 1, The Present State in Historical Context , which  discusses the history of localized agriculture and the journey to our present state. This is the first part of a two part article. The second part (coming soon) will lookContinue reading “Understanding Urban Agriculture – Part 1, The Present State in Historical Context”

Cities – Food Free Zones? The Creation of the Urban Food Desert

I’ve just written a confronting article 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,Continue reading “Cities – Food Free Zones? The Creation of the Urban Food Desert”

Biochar: The Oldest New Thing You’ve Never Heard Of

Here’s a great video on biochar by Wae Nelson at TEDxOrlando  that shows what a difference biochar makes to plants, people and the planet! Wae Nelson was employed as a mechanical engineer in the aerospace and defense industries for many years, working both as a designer and as a manager in manufacturing. Now he publishesContinue reading “Biochar: The Oldest New Thing You’ve Never Heard Of”

Free Public Seed Bank Project Goes Live in City of Darebin 2016

I would like to announce the news of a Free Public Seed Bank in the City of Darebin, initiated and run by the community and supported by local government and local businesses! Back in 2014, as part of the Darebin Leaders in Sustainability course (an initiative run by local government), Kerrie Ludekens and Angelo EliadesContinue reading “Free Public Seed Bank Project Goes Live in City of Darebin 2016”

DIY Self-Watering Pots and Mini Wicking Beds

If building a  full-sized wicking bed seems too daunting (and expensive), then how about some small to medium scale self watering systems that you can build quickly, cheaply and easily from recycled materials? Learn how to design and build a few different projects, from small self-watering pots to mini wicking beds  –   I’ve published anContinue reading “DIY Self-Watering Pots and Mini Wicking Beds”

Mindmaps for Permaculture Ethics and Design Principles 21 Card Set by Brett Pritchard (free to download)

  Brett Pritchard, a recognized pioneering permaculturalist and recipient of the Permaculture Services Award (1992) has released a set of mindmaps to accompany his free to download Permaculture Ethics and Principles 21 Card Set which is available on his website http://www.permaculturefundamentals.com . There are 21 mindmaps available in MS Word format, one for each PermacultureContinue reading “Mindmaps for Permaculture Ethics and Design Principles 21 Card Set by Brett Pritchard (free to download)”

Permaculture Ethics and Design Principles 21 Card Set by Brett Pritchard (free to download)

   Brett Pritchard, a recognized pioneering permaculturalist and recipient of the Permaculture Services Award (1992) has released a free to download Permaculture Ethics and Principles 21 Card Set which is available on his website http://www.permaculturefundamentals.com . In my opinion the Permaculture Ethics and Principles 21 Card Set is an excellent tools for understanding the PermacultureContinue reading “Permaculture Ethics and Design Principles 21 Card Set by Brett Pritchard (free to download)”

Worm Tunnel In-ground Worm Farm DIY article posted!

How could composting be made easier? By not ever having to turn the compost and not having to move the compost into your garden, that’s how! You can get Nature to do even more of the work with a Worm Tunnel, an in-ground worm farm that’s a cross between a small compost bin and aContinue reading “Worm Tunnel In-ground Worm Farm DIY article posted!”

All Nations Food Forest – A Project Not Realized

“No one is so brave that he is not disturbed by something unexpected.” – Julius Caesar   Important Announcement: There will not be an All Nations Food Forest project! Our contribution: We the founders of the project Angelo Eliades, John Pinniger and Charlie Si created the All Nations Food Forest project concept for a councilContinue reading “All Nations Food Forest – A Project Not Realized”

First Permaculture Research Institute established in the UK

  Tap o’ Noth Permaculture, an ecologically designed smallholding situated in Aberdeenshire, has recently joined the global network of Permaculture Research Institutes (PRI), becoming the first PRI accredited demonstration and education centre within the UK. This expanding network of education sites began in Australia and now links the UK with other PRI sites across theContinue reading “First Permaculture Research Institute established in the UK”

All Nations Food Forest – Proposal and Pre-Design Considerations

Welcome to All Nations Food Forest – Melbourne’s First Council Built Community Food Forest Project, and possibly the first in Australia!   In the first part of this case study – All Nations Food Forest – Melbourne’s First Council Built Community Food Forest Project, we looked at how the All Nations Food Forest Project gotContinue reading “All Nations Food Forest – Proposal and Pre-Design Considerations”

All Nations Food Forest – Melbourne’s First Council Built Community Food Forest Project

  Welcome to All Nations Food Forest – Melbourne’s First Council Built Food Forest Project, and possibly the first in Australia!   Food forests are Nature’s way of growing food, the most sustainable and productive system known, that require minimal effort to maintain by taking advantage of ecological processes that have evolved and been perfectedContinue reading “All Nations Food Forest – Melbourne’s First Council Built Community Food Forest Project”