$ 3 million Brazilian real in 18 days! Economic miracle or the value of the commons?

Fruit of corruption, or just one of those ads using ‘false news’ to promise riches without having to work? Not one or the other. This story is simple and real, and it involve intelligence and community spirit, the nature of people. The principle of cooperation is the secret to prosperity Last year, the community of…

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How to make a herb spiral

If you are looking for something to do over the holidays, why not make a herb spiral. A herb spiral is a classic piece in a permaculture garden. The herb spiral is traditionally positioned as close as possible to the kitchen for easy access to herbs for meal making or medicinal teas. The spiral also celebrates…

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How to make water flow with Flowforms

It was love at first sight when I saw my first flowform when visiting the Centre of Alternative Technology (CAT) in Wales. Flowforms are beautiful water installations in any garden. Yet beauty is not the only value. The flowform is a sculpture, half art, half technology mixing aesthetics and ecological science. As water passes through…

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How to make the easiest gluten free cheese bread (Brazilian style)

Pão de queijo or Brazilian cheese bread is a tasty gluten free treat. It’s a popular snack food that is usually eaten straight out of the oven accompanied by strong, sweet black coffee.  Some traditionalists may cringe when they see this recipe, but it is the easiest way to make pão de queijo as you don’t…

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How to make a labyrinth garden

A labyrinth is different to a maze. You enter a maze to loose yourself and a labyrinth to find yourself. The philosophy of a labyrinth is that there is no choice along the way. The only decision is whether you enter it and trust that the path will lead you to your goal. With their ageless…

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How to make concrete teddy bears

Toys are readily available today and it’s estimated that around $1 billion is spent in Australia annually on retail toy sales. The need to keep buying toys for children can stems from parents needing to fulfil a personal need, feelings of guilt or just wanting the ‘perceived best’ for the child. Obviously this overconsumption is having…

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Creating a Zone 5 in your Permaculture Design

Wild plants and animals have inspired writers, artists, musicians and nature lovers for many centuries. Creating a wildlife garden that mimics nature is not a new idea. In the eighteenth century gardener Richard Payne Knight rebelled against the prevailing standard of establishing formal gardens and created beautiful wild gardens. The clearest way into the Universe…

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