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14

Jul

2013

Sponsors Invited!

The 2013 Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence

If you would like to join a vibrant and growing community of Convergence Sponsors, please visit the Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild's website. There you can find out the benefits of becoming a Convergence Sponsor (besides the warm, fuzzy feeling you will have) and you can also donate your sponsorship funds, from $150 to $750, on-line.
http://inlandnorthwestpermaculture.com/become-a-sponsor
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14

Jun

2013

6 Core Permaculture Techniques - Producing Food Sustainably and Naturally

by Jack Spirko of SurvivalPodcast

Published on Apr 29, 2013

This is a very good 2 hour video on the essentials of Permaculture.   No fluff here.  Good explanations on:

6 Core Permaculture Techniques

Forest Gardening / Food Forest Establishment
Creating and Using Seed Mixtures
Lawn to Pasture Conversion
Zone Planning and Implementation
Mob Grazing / Small Livestock Paddock Shift Systems
Developing Regionally Adapted Seed Strains
Contour Based Wood Core Beds

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16

May

2013

GMO labeling of food

I-522 - Protect Your Right To Know (what's in your food)!

Author: Cara

Yes on 522

Click "Read More" find out how you can help with this critical issue!!!

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14

Apr

2013

Crisis of Civilization

by Dr. Nafeez Mosadeqq Ahmed

"The Crisis of Civilization is a remix documentary feature film investigating how global crises like ecological disaster, financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages are converging symptoms of a single, failed global system."

This is a BRILLIANT synthesis by Dr. Ahmed on how we need to look at the converging crisis' of climate change, peak oil, food scarcity, the endless growth paradim and civilization as a single interelated process.  He is one of the most clear thinkers and communicators I have ever heard.   Well worth watching and sharing.  Did I mention that the use of old TV footage is hillarious and insightful.

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14

Apr

2013

Permaculture Property Checklist

Next in the Geoff Lawton Video Series

Hi, 

Geoff here again. 

My brand new free video "Permaculture Property Checklist" is now LIVE and ready for you to view: 

http://www.geofflawton.com

It tackles secrets to design - in all climates - that are extremely beneficial, for people who already own land and for people looking to buy.  And - this is something I've never released before - I'm including a 12 page pdf, "Permaculture Designer" that reviews all the key points, and includes a detailed checklist.  Just download that from my home page.

(You should be taken straight to the next video, but you *might* not be, if that's the case just enter the email you signed up with - the one I'm emailing you on now - in the form and click "Get Instant Access" and you will be able to login right away. If you have any problems please let us know via live chat.)

Warm Regards,

Geoff

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14

Apr

2013

Perennial Paradise

What If We Change video with Geoff Lawton

All around the world people are asking what they can do to help to heal the earth. The permaculture movement is showing what individuals can do to bring health and happiness into their lives and at the same time restore the Earth’s natural ecosystem function. In “Perennial Paradise” Geoff Lawton shows some of the many simple but practical work being used and taught at the Permaculture Research Institute’s Zaytuna Farm in Australia.

“What if we Change” is very happy that through this collaboration with the Permaculture Research Institute we can share this film on the website and in the broadcast series in Africa, China, the U.S.A. and beyond.

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14

Apr

2013

Green Gold - Documentary by John D. Liu

Ecosystem Restoration Projects all over the World (with Geoff Lawton)

Published on Jul 19, 2012

"It's possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems." Environmental film maker John D. Liu documents large-scale ecosystem restoration projects in China, Africa, South America and the Middle East, highlighting the enormous benefits to people and planet of undertaking these efforts globally."

More information:
http://eempc.org/
What If We Change social media project:
http://www.whatifwechange.org

Great 47 minute introduction to major (Permaculture-ish) ecosystem restoration projects all over the world.  Towards the end there is conversation between John Liu and Geoff Lawton. 

 

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13

Apr

2013

Permaculture at the City Planning Level

Transforming Urban Environments for a Peak Oil Future - A Vision Plan for the City of San Buenaventura, CA

Wow!  This is the best example of a city wide vision of transforming it's entire city to a more sustainable Post-Peak Oil Future.  The report and appendixes are nearly 300 pages with many pictures and diagrams that show the transformation of a city to a Permamaculture Community.  This not only demonstrates that cities and local governments recognize the problems approaching us but are also putting the effort forward to solve (or mitigate) them.

Inspiring...  I wish it was Spokane...  maybe it will reach the planners in our town...  soon.

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14

Mar

2013

Barrels & Bites for Spokane Public Market

Help me build a basket!

Author: Torie Foote
The main fundraiser for the Spokane Public Market is coming up and needs auction items. Does anyone want to help me build a Permaculture basket? This is a good way to spread the word and help them raise needed funds.
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12

Mar

2013

Redesigning Civilization – with Permaculture

by Toby Hemenway March 8, 2013

Modern agriculture, industry and finance all extract more than they give back, and the Earth is starting to show the strain. How did we get in this mess and what can we do to help our culture get back on track? The ecological design approach known as permaculture offers powerful tools for the design of regenerative, fair ways to provide food, energy, livelihood, and other needs while letting humans share the planet with the rest of nature. This presentation will give you insight into why our culture has become fundamentally unsustainable, and offers ecologically based solutions that can help create a just and sustainable society. This is the sequel to Toby’s popular talk, "How Permaculture Can Save Humanity and The Planet, but not Civilization."
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