Dr. Ross Mars on Practical and Realistic Processing of Homescale Greywater and Blackwater (V152)

Today I am talking with Dr. Ross Mars, author of The Permaculture Transition Manual. A book that covers a wide variety of practical topics including: permaculture design principles, soil building, nutrient-dense food growing, and greywater systems. In the book Ross also dispels a number of well accepted permaculture myths, such as comfrey being a dynamic accumulator. I think we have …

Permaculture – Another Tool in The Toolbox – Where Engineering Meets Permaculture with Rob Avis (V151)

There had always been that group of design-centric permaculturalists focused on the process, not the techniques. The Toby Hemenways and Larry Santoyos of the world, the Darren Dohertys and the Ben Falks, The Richard Perkins, and my guest today, Rob Avis. They are all just a small sample of a larger subset that’s focused on permaculture a design process, and …

Liberation Permaculture – The Prequel – An Interview with Toby Hemenway (V147)

Today, let’s take a look at permaculture. Let’s go beyond the land, and beyond food to take a look at a concept that Toby is calling liberation permaculture. “Permaculture offers more than a path to a sustainable and just food system. It can move entire segments of our society off the radar screens of state oppressors and help return equality, …

Backing Away from the Energy Cliff: A Permaculturist’s Guide to Thinking About Energy (V146)

Backing Away from the Energy Cliff: A Permaculturist’s Guide to Thinking About Energy. Fossil fuels are the underpinning of our civilization, and our desperate attempts to keep cheap oil flowing runs the risk of collapsing ecosystems and cultures. This lecture uses a permacultural approach to evaluate energy sources and to design possible energy futures. Presented by Toby Hemenway at PV1 …

A Look at Agriculture, Horticulture, Permaculture: Why Agriculture Can Never Be Sustainable, and a Permacultural Solution with Toby Hemenway (V145)

Ten thousand years of agriculture has devastated every ecosystem it has come in contact with. Horticultural societies point toward a solution, and permaculture can help us design a way to overcome agriculture’s deficiencies, preserve many of the best features of our culture, and create a horticultural society that has a good chance of proving sustainable. This lecture shows how we …