The Permaculture Power Of Big Machines

Bulldozers are often seen as symbols of destruction, but when they are in the hands of a permaculture designer they bring about a transformation of rural landscapes beyond anything that can be achieved by hand. Yandoit Farm, between Castlemaine and…

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Waterless Composting Toilets

The original toilet was probably a hole in the ground – a waterless composting toilet. Human excrement left lying on the ground will decompose (compost) the same as any other animal excrement, and any other way of dealing…

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Debt-free Housing

Many of the original followers of permaculture left the city and became owner-builders on far-flung blocks of land; creating lives for themselves which were free of debt; allowing them to focus their time and energy on what they…

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The ‘Forgotten’ Island

Gonâve island, fifteen kilometres wide and sixty kilometres long, lies under the Haitian sun. What once would have been a rich ecology is now as seriously degraded as the mainland. Even in its degraded state 50,000 sought refuge…

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Growing Community Gardening in the Top End

This article is about the little network that could. A low-key, flexible organisation made up of permaculturalists, community gardeners, teachers and Northern Territory Department of Education staff working together to make growing and cooking organic, local food a…

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How To Make Chorizo

Recipe from The Gourmet Farmer Deli Book

Homemade Chorizo Recipe

Chorizo is a sausage that you can eat at three different stages: the first is fresh, and cooked…

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Articulating Clear Design Goals

The word permaculture has different flavours for different folk. My favourite flavour is that of design. I see permaculture as an amazing design system helping people and landscapes partner to look after each other, each providing the other…

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Karen Lott

What inspired you to start the Nethercote Produce Markets and then go on to open Sprout Eden?

My friend Barbara and I were disappointed with the amount of fruit and…

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Local Produce Swaps


Produce swaps are community driven events where growers come together to share excess seeds, plants and produce; they involve no direct exchange, or any form…

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Madelaine Scott

Nineteen year old Madelaine Scott is an egg farmer and has been for twelve years. While people her age are often studying or still trying to find their feet, Madelaine is a full-time farmer running her own business.


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Nadja Osterstock

What do you do?

I design practical, productive gardens, help people get the most out of their existing gardens, and sell organic and heirloom seeds through my market stall.

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Reducing Waste Café Style

Australia is an enormously wasteful society: on average, every Australian throws away the equivalent of five bags of groceries each year. That’s $8 billion worth of food, rotting in landfill. Almost half of what goes to Australian landfill…

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Tabitha Bilaniwskyj-Zarins

What do you do?

I am a qualified horticulturist and landscape designer with permaculture training and values. I am also a holistic manager. Everything does something and has a purpose….

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Two Men And A Pumpkin

In Feb 2014 Brett and Nici Cooper along with farming neighbours Ken and Carol Maddocks set up Two Men and a Pumpkin farmgate roadside stall along the Bucketts Way, six kilometres north of Stroud, NSW, seventy km north…

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Green Manures

Growing green manures is an age-old gardening technique that draws on a large range of fast growing crops to build, regenerate and maintain soil health. I like to think of it as growing soil instead of food – which is…

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Aaron Sorenson

What was it that initially drew you to the principles of permaculture?

I’ve been involved in local bush regeneration projects, seed saving and sustainability for more than two decades. I…

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Creating Gardens With Refugees

A regular part of our work at Good Life Permaculture is based around community development and social permaculture principles. We’ve found that when you work with people to improve knowledge, skill, health and wellbeing, other problems are also…

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Grow Your Own Meat

When I talk about my lifestyle, people always seem to be fascinated by the fact that I kill and butcher meat at home – I presume because it is so far removed from most people’s experience (and because…

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Australasian Permacullture Convergence 2015

NW Tasmania hosts the next Australasian Permacullture Convergence [APC 12] in March 2015. The town of Penguin is home to the RESEED Permaculture Centre and the…

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Book & Film Reviews

The Simple Life by Rhonda Hetzel (2014, Penguin)

Review By Paul Goodsell

Part memoir, part manifesto, The Simple Life arose from Hetzel’s passion for sharing and storytelling….

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Pip Picks

The Chikukwa Project Film

The Chikukwa project is an amazing story of African villagers who turned their lives around. This film made by brother and sister team; Gillian and Terry…

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I’m really excited about the diverse range of articles included in issue two. We’ve got stories from all over Australia. People are hearing about Pip, and the word is spreading.

Our six sections have…

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