Graham Bell ~ Global Change Agent

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Welcome Writer in Residence

The lovely Gayle Baird, our writer in residence, has started her own journal.  Enjoy her fluent words and brilliant pictures here

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How Does Your Garden Grow

How Does Your Garden Grow? guest posting by Maria Cannon As it turns out, you don’t need silver bells and maids to grow a great garden. Doing it yourself is more rewarding and your harvest may be more valuable than precious metals. Your backyard ER Of course, you wouldn’t turn […]

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PDC Quinta Da Fornulha

Here we are in sunny Portugal, enjoying the cooler end of a long dry hot summer on this amazing farm.  Eighteen folks fulltime (and a few folks floating in and out) with Facilitator George Christophis and co-teacher Wallay Toughill (with a little help from our friends…) we had a fantastic […]

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     Another Way of Learning   After thirty years of engagement with Permaculture it never ceases to amaze me how the Permaculture Design Course (PDC) changes peoples’ lives. This brilliant understanding of how to meet peoples’ needs, without working so hard, and at the same time learning to minimise waste […]

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Julie Deconchat’s Blog

See here.  What a great joy to have Julie here for a week.  Hard working intelligent and generally pleasant.  How interns should be.

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Social Research

Sandy (well Dr Alexander James as he seems to have become) has done lots of good work analysing social impacts of Garden Cottage.  You can see them here.    

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Why We Need Wildlife- and What We Can Do About It

This article was originally written for Scotland Outdoors magazine: And subsequently used by Permaculture News: Most responses positive.  Got a sheep farmer in Norway who is distressed wolves, bears, and elk eat his sheep.  Doesn’t seem to want to eat Elk, Bears, or Wolves instead.  Oh Dear.  Can’t win them […]

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What Will Tomorrow Bring?

Every night I go to bed and ponder this thought.  How can I do the best I can tomorrow?  What will make the world a better place?  Who do I need to think about?  What do the people who rely on me need?  Hmmm.  Just thinking I maybe need to […]

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