Big Land and the Economy of Scale

Big Land and the Economy of Scale

A resource list to support this section of our Permaculture Design Course

For Your Inspiration: Sabarmatee

Sabarmatee and her father Radhamohan founded Sambhav, a non-profit which focuses on gender justice and regenerative agriculture. They started out in the 80’s,

Small-scale Farmers — not Lab-based Foods — can Help Save The Planet

Over the past few decades there has been a consolidating of power and control in the food system into the hands of a small group of agro-chemical corporations, we need more small-scale farmers to produce healthy organic food.

Why Should Farmers Get Subsidies?

Over recent years, there has been a growing resentment about the subsidies farmers receive. But why do farmers get subsidies anyway?

Chapter 1: Introduction to agricultural water pollution

Water quality as a global issue Non-point source pollution defined Scope of the problem Agricultural impacts on water quality Types of decisions in agriculture for non-point source pollution control The data problem Second only to availability of drinking water, access to food supply is the greatest priority.

Soil, Struggle and Justice: Agroecology in the Brazilian Landless Movement

This film examines a cooperative of the Brazilian Landless Movement (MST) in the South of Brazil, which struggled for access to land and then transitioned to ecological agriculture, or agroecology. This MST cooperative is demonstrating the possibility of an alternative model of flourishing rural life, which provides thriving livelihoods for farmers, produces high quality and low cost food for the region, and rehabilitates the earth.

The All-Native Ethnobotanical Rainwater-Harvesting Food Forest

One of the basic ideas of permaculture is that its principles remain the same though they are reflected uniquely in every site. Recently I’ve done plantings at two different food forestry cou…

Permaculture - from forest to farm | Clea Chandmal | TEDxBITSGoa

Clea Chandmal is a passionate believer, practitioner and teacher of permaculture, a style of creating sustainable habitats that mimic nature’s patterns and do not burden the earth. Her own home and farm are modelled after her ideas. By conducting courses, workshops and seminars in permaculture, Clea is helping create a future marked by harmony with nature. Her talk will throw light on adapting a sustainable lifestyle in today’s urban world. Clea Chandmal has cleverly combined her scientific qualification as a Masters in Plant Breeding and a Masters in Plant Molecular Physiology for her PhD at University of Cambridge and her permaculture training in Australia to adopt a way of living that doesn't burden the earth. Armed with an inexplicable love for nature and a passion for living in harmony with her surroundings, permiculturist from Goa, Clea Chandmal is on a mission to help people peacefully co-exist with Mother Nature. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Home - Ecosystem Restoration at Project Wadi Attir

Project Wadi Attir is a groundbreaking initiative of the Bedouin community in the Negev desert, establishing a model sustainable agricultural operation and regional educational center, demonstrating a holistic, integrated approach to sustainable development in an arid eco-zone. The project was initiated by The Sustainability Laboratory, a US-based non-profit, and the Hura Municipal Council, the governing body of a local Bedouin township.

Indigenous Ecological Knowledge

Indigenous Ecological Knowledge (IEK) is a term you might have heard of but not know what it means. For thousands of years Aboriginal people survived in the Australian landscape relying on their intricate knowledge of the land and its plants and animals.

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Why My Farm Isn’t A “permaculture Farm”

As we integrate into living, working farm communities, it’s important to remember that a permaculture farm is not a new idea.

ABOUT | nettlevalleyfarm

Our mission is to raise the best pastured pork possible, practice radical transparency, be good neighbors, and pay it forward whenever we can. Dayna Burtness does most of the day to day farm management and animal care. Nick Nguyen does most of the crucial yet underappreciated tasks central to farming, such as accounting, bookkeeping, and cooking.

The biggest estate on earth: how Aborigines made Australia

Aboriginal people worked hard to make plants and animals abundant, convenient and predictable. By distributing plants and associating them in mosaics, then using these to lure and locate animals, Aborigines…


Here are reasonably high-resolution scans of the designs we've completed to date. Overall Site Zone Analysis, placing the things that need...

The Biggest Little Farm Movie. Coming to theaters Spring 2019

A testament to the immense complexity of nature, The Biggest Little Farm follows two dreamers and a dog on an odyssey to bring harmony to both their lives and the land. Search for screenings and book tickets on the official website brought to you by NEON

Palestinian farmers use permaculture to challenge occupation

A groundbreaking permaculture project in the West Bank is under threat -- for the second time. Sarah Irving finds out how an alternative agriculture movement is trying to find solutions to some of

How a farmer turned 90 acres of wasteland into a lush green forest in Odisha

#Forest #Organicfarming #Climateresilient In 1988, Sabarmatee and her father Radhamohan bought an acre of degraded land in Nayagarh district of Odisha. They wanted to set up an experiment to see if a forest using organic techniques. Organic farming was not widespread in India at that time, therefore they had to rely on trial and error. But over time their efforts succeeded and after nearly three decades their one acre has grown to 90 acres and with a lush forest cover. In 1989 the duo registered a NGO called Sambhav, which would work on organic farming and ecological conservation. Within their forest is also a 2.5 acre plot which is used for seed preservation. Over the year they have managed to collect, grow and preserve nearly 800 varieties of traditional seeds. More than half of these seeds are of paddy that can grow under different climatic systems and under different stress levels. Some of their seed can tolerate water logging and heavy rain while the other varieties can tolerate drought. There are also certain varieties that are highly nutritious. Sabarmatee's efforts have built up an important repository of seeds that can help alleviate the effects of climate change.

Permaculture Namibia: Women Empowerment Our mission is to turn problems into solutions. Our current objectives include increasing food and water security, promoting health, and inspiring change in the region using the design science based on how nature works called Permaculture.