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PermaCulture Science

One of the places to dialogue about an emerging Integral Permaculture science, to continue some very inspiring & important dialogues sparked in the Integral Permaculture online conferences.

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Latest Activity: Feb 5, 2012

Now Sailing!!

UPDATE APRIL 2011 - We are now sailing! & the dialogue on the very juicy course materials is getting interesting & especially the interaction with practice: all action-learning based.Will try to get the students & teachers to use this group as another fertile edge for some discussions.

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online conference #8, march 23rd 2011: pdc+++

Started by Diëgo Van De Keere. Last reply by Stella Strega-Scoz Apr 1, 2011. 1 Reply

Hello, Thank you for redirecting me here Judith ;-) Today's conference is about the pdc+++, I have some questions, but will keep them for live chat..;-)Further I would like to share some insights on…Continue

Mar 10 Conference: How to Design an EcoEconomy

Started by Judith Newton. Last reply by Stella Strega-Scoz Mar 10, 2011. 1 Reply

More and more people are realising that no truly sustainable activity can survive in an economy which is inherently exploitative.   What's more, now we understand that there is a basic and serious…Continue

Tags: relocalization, economy, ecoeconomies, economics, sustainable

Feb 9 Conference: Restoring Vital EcoSystems, the Most Important Challenge

Started by Judith Newton. Last reply by Diëgo Van De Keere Mar 7, 2011. 7 Replies

Many 'natural disasters' are actually created by the ignorance of human interventions in the environment.   In this conference we look directly at the urgency of the consequences of this, to the…Continue

Tags: repair, rainforest, ecosystems, conference

Feb 21 Conference: Technology and Energy Accounting

Started by Judith Newton. Last reply by Stella Strega-Scoz Feb 21, 2011. 2 Replies

Monday, Feb 21                We know that the options that we choose in terms of technologies and which energy sources we use can totally change the course of history, and the appearance of our…Continue

Tags: energy, accounting, technology, webinar, conference

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Comment by Les Squires -- Webmaster on February 5, 2012 at 8:10pm

Did you notice the super article --

Permaculture Garden Tips and Pictures: Natural Eco Friendly ...

--  in the Daily Sweep of the Web for References to Permaculture...

Comment by Les Squires -- Webmaster on January 29, 2012 at 10:14am

Permaculture Baby Steps (permaculture forum at permies)

Comment by Les Squires -- Webmaster on January 29, 2012 at 10:12am

Permaculture an experiment

This is for the unconference on urban permaculture on 28th Jan 2012 CEPT/ OIKOS meet Ahmedabad.
Comment by Mary Saunders on February 19, 2011 at 10:53pm
Thanks, Bert.  I did not mean to put down the recommendation, I just jumped on the mention of the natives topic and what it can easily lead to.  I have participated in adding useful plants to roadsides, and I agree that is good practice.
Comment by Bert Harvey on February 19, 2011 at 10:45pm
like I said, I don't buy the native only approach, but this book does offer other practical methodologies for land restoration. There are a number of tools inside that I certainly believe permaculturalist could use to further their efforts.
Comment by Mary Saunders on February 19, 2011 at 5:47pm
Tha natives-only thing is a ruse to make herbicides seem legitimate, from my point of view.  Toby Hemenway and others have weighed in on this as well.  Monsanto "donates" to The Nature Conservancy and other groups.  With climate change, humans do not know what will thrive where.  Assuming you can use poison to "help" particular plants in the usual human hubris.  What's more, Himalayan blackberry, though not native, shelters native animals whose other shelter has been knocked out.  More aware stewards take only some out at a time, to leave the shelter for creatures.
Comment by Bert Harvey on February 19, 2011 at 5:09pm

Book recommendation:

Roadside Revegetation: An integrated approach to establishing native plants


produced by the Federal Highway Administration/US dept. of transportation.


Hands down the best book on the nuts and bolts of restoring damaged, deranged, or otherwise mis-used landscapes.  Best of all, it's free. (least, it was when I got my copy from the US dept. Transportation).


They also have an educational website that supports the book and stands really strongly on its own as a great source of information.


I'm not super keen on the "natives only" approach, as it seems to assume a certain baseline normalcy that I simply don't believe ever existed, this book does give detailed directions on everything from slope stabilization, live-staking, hydrological control, and everything in between. As a permie interested in the nuts and bolts, this book is pretty much a goldmine and the data can easily be viewed through the lens of permaculture to create some very solid solutions to various issues.

Comment by Judith Newton on February 8, 2011 at 5:23pm

Next conference is tomorrow, Feb 9 -- online, engaging, no-cost!  Really, they're fun, informative and Stella is vibrant, smart and gracious, among other great attributes!  :-)  

Register here, to be included.

Comment by Bert Harvey on February 7, 2011 at 1:26pm
I was lucky and had both Larry and Michael speak at my PDC - both are highly inspirational. I enjoyed listening to Larry speak, more so for his tendency to go from the profound to the profane in the same sentence.  :)
Comment by Mary Saunders on February 2, 2011 at 11:46am
For high school kids, I also recommend Larry Santoyo.  He is more sardonic and adult-appropriate than Michael Becker, but the class sat rapt for every word from Larry as well.  I have nine hours of Larry on video that I am contemplating convening an adult pajama party to watch some day...

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