Category Archives: Permaculture

A system of design that looks at our natural environment and learns how to create abundance while conserving energy and resources.

The Secret’s In The Soil

“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we … Continue reading

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Imbolc- The celebration of new beginnings.. and Mother Nature.

Today we pagans celebrate Imbolc [meaning in-belly], an ancient Celtic festival which pays homage to the lengthening of the days, the first signs of Spring and a time to start making preparations for the growing season ahead. The catholic church … Continue reading

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Buckminster’s Quote of the Day

“I am enthusiastic over humanity’s extraordinary and sometimes very timely ingenuity. If you are in a shipwreck and all the boats are gone, a piano top buoyant enough to keep you afloat that comes along makes a fortuitous life preserver. … Continue reading

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BACKGARDENFARMIN’ – A collective of growers using empty back gardens to produce food for their local community.

Vision: To form a co-operative of young urban farmers, “renting” back gardens within a local district, growing salad, veg and herbs for sale to local community. If you were to examine a satellite image of most cities, you would notice … Continue reading

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Transition Year Programme Proposal

This is a rough outline of a programme I have proposed for Transition Year students in Irish schools. Basically, the idea would be to introduce the concepts and principles of permaculture to transition year students across as many schools as … Continue reading

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Hungry Fungi Workers Co-op

Good news on the mycellium we call http://www.. there is a new enterprise budding in Leeds called “Hungry Fungi”, proposing to run workshops in mushroom cultivation, produce spores and grow kits, etc.. check em out @ http://www.facebook.com/hungryfungi website still under … Continue reading

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mulch,mulch,mulch..

We were brimming with enthusiasm when we arrived at the farfield last Saturday. The sun was shining, the wind had died, there were green buds everywhere.. a new growing season was on the horizon. Our priorities were on mulching and … Continue reading

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AD {or lack of it} in Ireland

If I had the ear of policy-makers, one of the many suggestions I would whisper..would be to look at the potential for AD to solve at least some of our problems, especially with regard to waste and energy. AD stands … Continue reading

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Confessions of a mass murderer

If every living being is equal, then I am a mass murderer. The genocide I have inflicted on the various members of the slug family is truly disturbing me. In terms of single species, the vivid green caterpillar, offspring of … Continue reading

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Lazy Beds.. We tried out the traditional Irish spud-growing technique

This is a post I wanted to write back in April, when we actually made the lazy-beds, but I didn’t have a blog back then, or time to turn around.. but I did take photos for a time when I … Continue reading

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