Why a worm farm is a great homeschooling activity

The squiggly worm is loved by some and unfortunately feared by most! Yet the worm is one of our best allies. Who would be crazy enough to study worms for forty years, well Charles Darwin of course. Teaching children to care for worms not only helps the planet but helps us too! Worms create free…

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Free resources for permaculture living and Homeschooling during these challenging times

During this planetary self-isolation or social distancing moment, we have been organising our resources for you! The resources are a compilation of our 30 years of permaculture experience. Our team has experience working in Brazil, Argentina, Portugal, USA, Haiti, China and Australia and with people from all around the world. Our team is dedicated to demonstrating that a greener world is possible…

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Are you addicted to fast fashion?

Australians are the world’s second largest consumers of textiles, buying an average of 27kg of new clothing and other textiles each year. Disturbingly, the average Australian throws away 23kg of textiles each year.  In fact, more than 500,000 tonnes of textiles and leather end up in landfill each year. At this rate, Australian’s are on…

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$ 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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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 Clean Your Jewellery Naturally

We think of our homes as a refuge, where we feel safe from the outside world. But the truth may be the opposite. The average home today contains over sixty-two chemicals. Curiously that’s more than a circa-1900 chemistry lab. So when you are wanting to clean your jewellery, simply go natural. Most of your favourite…

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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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