$ 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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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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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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Add Permaculture to your toolbox

From news reports, we are bombarded by signals of distress of toxic wastes, famines and expiring species, of wars and climate change. Never have so many systems vital to the earth’s habitability been out of equilibrium simultaneously. So why not awaken to the urgency of this global challenge? As a strategy to accelerate the transition…

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Making Eco bricks

For most of the lower grade plastics we use, there is no market to recycle, meaning that they are currently being sent to landfill.  So it’s up to each individual to start taking responsibility for there own trash. The easiest thing is to refuse to buy products that have lots of packaging. Yet if you…

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10 Easy to Grow Vegetables

If you have never planted before, starting a garden can be a little daunting.  But the benefits of stepping out of your comfort zones are plenty. Creating an organic garden reduces toxicity in soil, air, water and your body. Organic veggies have more flavour so you get the real taste of food. Also an organic garden…

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