$ 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 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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What can I do with my excess kombucha and kefir?

So you’ve fallen in love with fermenting your food and making your own kombucha…but you suddenly realise that you have huge amount of kombucha, kefir and other yummy goods that are growing out of control and your family isn’t as big as your microbe family. So now what? Time to step-up your waste free living…

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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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