Can children create a permaculture design?

This was the question put forward to me back in Brazil in 2007. Can children create a permaculture design? My answer was, but of course!  Teachers from various public schools in Pirenopolis, Goais invited the NGO – Ecocentro IPEC, in which I am involved, to implement a program that would support students to re-design their public…

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How to make a Mandala Garden

The word mandala comes from Sanskrit and means holy, magical or sacred circle. Humans have always used mandalas. The Mayan calendar, the medicine wheel of the First Nation, Stone Henge, the Celtic spirals and the Tibetan wheel had symbols originated in mandalas. The mandala symbolizes the whole, the coordinated cycles of time and space, uniting the…

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Have Fun With Vitamins – Kids Gardening

Feeding children can be like riding a rollercoaster. Some days they just eat whatever you give them. Other days it’s like a terror, as it can be close to impossible to get them to eat anything at all, especially vegetables. Children can become picky eaters for a number of reasons. Some children are simply more…

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How to compost for waste free living

Compost is an art form based on science. It’s the end product of decomposed organic material. Anything that once lived such as leaves, trees, animals, even animal poop will naturally start to decompose. In time it will resemble the soil upon which it lies. Nature will take approximately 400 years to make 2cm of soil.…

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The slithery facts of snakes

The snake has been clouded with myth and legends for centuries. In Ancient Greek times the goddess Demeter (Roman – Ceres) held a snake in one hand and sheaths of grain in the other. This symbolized abundance of crop and wealth. In Greece, at the oracle of the Delphi, the High Priestess would receive the…

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9 Ways to Teach Children to Love Nature

Children are naturally born with a sense of wonder. When left alone, many children often explore the world with all their senses. They may experiment eating mud pies, shove their noses into flowers or try to catch ants and other bugs. Many children will communicate their discoveries to those around them and demonstrate an affinity…

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How to make a Keyhole Garden

My mama started making keyhole beds after she read “Mandala gardens: a booklet for Permaculture gardeners” by Robyn Francis. At this time we were living at Ecocentro IPEC so we had lots of space to experiment with creating keyhole gardens. I have memories of munching parsley and playing games with my friends in the ‘huge’…

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