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Understanding Ecosystems - and Why Your Lawn is Just a Baby

by: EJ on 11/16/2016

Understanding how ecosystems work is essential to sustainable living.  Let's be clear, these are real ecosystems -- the interaction between living organisms and their natural environment.  Not the co-opted ecosystems of internet connections.  The following excerpt from Ross Mars’ new book, The Permaculture Transition Manual: A Comprehensive …

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Deconstructing Dinner Film Festival - An Afternoon of Growing Local

by: Sara on 11/07/2016

New Society Publishers is proud to be a sponsor of the 2016 Deconstructing Dinner Film Festival in Nelson, BC. Now entering its fourth year the fest features 12 films spread out over 5 days between October 26 and November 12. The Film Fest was created by Jon Steinman, the writer and host of the Deconstructing Dinner television/web series (2013- ) …

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Six Fundamental Permaculture Design Principles

by: EJ on 11/04/2016

Ross Mars, author of the recently released The Permaculture Transition Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Resilient Living, has been a permaculture teacher and designer for decades.  In his new book, he has condensed the ideas and concepts of permaculture design into six fundamental concepts.

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7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Launching Your Own Farm Business

by: Sara on 10/11/2016

You know being a farmer will be hard work but the draw of the land, working outside and the desire to make a difference in the way we eat and farm is calling to you...but then there is the accounting and bookkeeping and applying for loans! Never fear, The Farmer's Office is here! In today's blog post Julia Shanks, the author of The Farmer's …

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Bill Mollison's Wisdom Lives On

by: EJ on 10/04/2016

Bill Mollison, widely recognised as the father of permaculture, died in Australia on September 24th 2016.  Mollison's system of permaculture, permanent agriculture, rose in prominence after the publication of Permaculture One  with David Holmgren in 1974.  In 1978 he founded the Permaculture Institute and since that time, permaculture has grown …

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