6 Ways You Can Help Combat Climate Change

Despite the claims of some right-wing politicians and media outlets, climate change is a very real threat to the future survival of humankind on Earth. The deal agreed in November 2014 between the U.S. and China to reduce carbon emissions is an important step on the part of influential political leaders to address the issue. […]

4 Alternatives to Dairy Milk

Many permaculturists chose to keep goats, sheep and even cattle, not for the meat yield they provide, but for the milk. This is of course a good way for vegetarians to experience livestock rearing as well as giving them access to milk that they know has been unadulterated by chemicals or other unknown additions such […]

Why Business Ecosystems Can Expand Our Impact

There is incredible power in working together with people from different fields of expertise, united by common values. Expanding the permaculture community to ally with other fields, effectively growing business ecosystems that are mutually supportive, can exponentially magnify the transformative impact of the permaculture philosophy. Permaculture businesses commonly revolve around consultation, design, landscape architecture, natural […]

What if Cities Could Feed the World?

When we think about food and farming, it’s easy to imagine a bucolic setting of rural pastures, far removed from the busy hum and thrum of city life. It’s true that right now most of our food is produced on rural farmland, but does it really make sense to transport all that food to where […]

Uncovering Hidden Spaces for Growing Food

From vertical gardens to green roofs, there is immense potential in all of the nooks and crannies of city spaces to provide food for its residents. Cities have long been held as bustling forums of new ideas in art, science, and culture. They hold the same promise of creative innovation in sustainability as well. Have […]

Synthesizing Sustainable Communities Through Appropriate Technology

What if technology could be built for the very purpose of serving people and planet, as opposed to profit and the image of modernity? These days we’ve become accustomed to non-stop technological innovation and what seems to be progress. Yet, our technology hasn’t been created with people and planet in mind. In permaculture, all technology […]

Sustainable Evolution: The 12 Permaculture Principles: Part 1

One of the most amazing aspects about the 12 permaculture principles is that they can be adapted and applied anywhere. Literally. Permaculturists have applied the principles to life coaching, finance, and social organization. The primary reason this works is because the principles were adapted from nature. By extension, we are part of nature, and so […]

Intelligent, Real Transformation: The 12 Permaculture Principles: Part 3

In the race to create a more sustainable world, we discover that it’s the little things that add up to meaningful transformation. The last four principles concern a sustainable, whole-systems approach to true transformation, rooted in slowness, diversity, and creativity. Use small and slow solutions. Nature doesn’t change entire ecosystems overnight. Instead, she changes the […]

How Stacking Functions Can Improve Yields and Reduce Work

Companion planting is based on the idea of another permaculture concept – stacking functions. Every element (read: plant, animal, mineral, etc) has multiple functions. When we can bring complementary functions together, we can dramatically enhance yields and simultaneously reduce labor hours needed. For example, have you considered what services a chicken offers? To start, what […]

How Businesses Can Be a Transformative Force for Good

Changemakers often see business as a plundering, predatory force with nothing but profit on their minds, leaving to the wayside all sense of humanity and well-being. But in permaculture, we often see the problem as part of the solution. If we take a closer look at businesses, what are they really? They are conscious entities […]