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Questions tagged [permaculture]

a school of sustainable agriculture modeled on observations of how natural ecosystems work. It is founded on three principles: care of ecosystems, care of people, and closing cycles so that waste is returned to the land as nutrients.

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How much land can a full-time organic farmer take care of?

Is there an estimate of how many acres or hectares a single person can take care of, approximately? I'm mainly interested when following organic standards for cultivating common vegetables (tomatoes, ...
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What's the best way of getting an eco-friendly off-grid house?

My partner and I have been considering what the different options are for buying properties in the UK. We are interested in at least 1 acre of land, plus a house of 50-70 square meters minimum. We ...
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Are bats and chickens good animals for pest control?

In an effort to keep bugs down in a food forest, would it be a good idea to use chickens for day time pest control, and bats as night time pest control?
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Permaculture Urban Transition [closed]

In the more realistical and pragmatical way, which are the main steps a set of people in a medium sized urban envinroment, should undertake to convert the city to a permaculture oriented living style? ...
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What countries favour people who want to live a sustainable lifestyle?

I want to pursue an independent lifestyle growing my own food, using solar panels etc. but I live in Spain and the legislation here doesn't favour this, buying terrain in a rural area and being ...
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Sizing a stormwater detention pond

I am building a small building on top of a hill. The roof area is 600 square feet. In my area, we get about 39 inches of rain each year, which amounts to 600*38/12 = 1950 cubic feet ~ 14500 gallons ...
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Removing agricultural plastic film waste after 10+ years degradation

[reposted from Earth Science since more relevant here] I am at a farm where previous tenants left a non-biodegradable plastic film roughly 10-15 years ago. It is inconsistently spread over a few ...
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If permaculture is a solution why are others holding back on making a contribution toward?

My point... conventional gardening, and conventional farming for that matter, is based on known systems that are failing the consumer and even the producers. Why are those failing systems continued to ...
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What are the principles of permaculture?

People who talk about permaculture often mention that it is a system or a toolbox for making sustainable designs. If this is so then what are the tools, or principles by which permaculture helps us ...
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With increasing emphasis on biosecurity, how do I properly dispose of livestock remains?

Overview If you own livestock, even on the small-scale such as for family subsistence or a hobby-farm, the death of livestock is inevitable. In cases where you are raising animals for meat or hide, ...
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What animal should I pen with my goat herd overnight to protect them from wolves and coyotes?

What animal should I pen with my goat herd overnight to protect them from wolves and coyotes? I'm considering dairy-goat farming, principally in either Northern Arizona or Wyoming (USA). This will be ...
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Are there reasons to avoid organic dairy farming even if the milk or cheese is still pasteurized?

I can understand why it's still important to pasteurize dairy products, especially if I'm simultaneously trying to reduce my reliance on refrigeration. Assumptions that pasteurizing is a given that ...
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Are there any truly sustainable business models?

I would like to start a sustainable ecovillage, but am worried about the ad-hoc nature of so many previous attempts that often assume we will just all "get along" without a formal structure. While "...
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Permaculture and crop rotation?

In designing an allotment to fit in with permaculture principles how does crop rotation work with the 7 levels especially since canopy and sub canopy plants tend to be trees/shrubs. Should one not ...
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How can I build a spinning wheel?

I have a large wolf-dog hybrid who sheds, a lot! I have to brush him every day. A friend came by, saw the massive amount of fur he's shedding and remarked that it would be great for spinning into ...
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What is the relationship between permaculture and sustainability?

What is the relationship between permaculture and sustainability? What are sound reasons why both urban and rural permaculture takes us further down the road to sustainability? Are there real-world ...
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Are broiler chickens raised in “chicken tractors” less likely to get hock burn?

There is a discussion on the James Oliver site asking if a free-range bird can have hock burns. There are statements that a free-range chicken could develop hock burn due to exposure to mud. A ...
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What strategy to follow for thinning a woodlot?

I have a woodlot roughly 10 acres (4 hectares) from which I harvest firewood. From a permaculture perspective, this is my Zone 4; Zone 5 lies along the back edge of the woodlot. I'm in the northeast ...
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What is a permaculture solution for dealing with deer in a suburban environment?

The old problem of the deer moving into the city. My neighborhood is overrun. So far the best solution I've seen to keep them at bay is fences or hedges. The true permaculture solution would be to ...
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Uses for Winter Creeper (Euonymus fortunei), also known as just Euonymus?

The property we are gradually developing into a forest garden is absolutely overrun with Purple Winter Creeper (Euonymus fortunei). It's quite the invasive and suffocates most other species in the ...
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What Permaculture solutions are there for slugs?

My plants are under attack by slugs. I've heard a number of solutions for slugs over the years. There's the old beer trap, where you fill a bowl full of beer and leave it out. This works, but it's ...
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What acid soil friendly nitrogen fixers won't be affected by pine allelopathy in zones 6-7?

Is there a nitrogen fixer which will do well in the high acidity low-density soil preferred by Blueberries? It needs to be able to resist pine allelopathy and be friendly to waters edge environments. ...
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More sustainably growing Asparagus?

One of the basic points of permacultural design and water usage is that bare soil is the single greatest source of loss of water in growing food. The principle of layering plants in space and time ...
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How can I find local permaculturalists in my area? [closed]

I am interested in permaculture, and have read some of the classic texts on the subject. What are some good general ways to find other people in my local area who are doing the same to share ideas ...
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How do I innoculate a 3 year old tree with a mycorrhizal fungus? [closed]

I have a number of fruit trees that have been in the ground for several years. I did not have access to mycorrhizal innoculants at the time of planting. Can I inoculate them somehow now? How?
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What species of mycorrhizal fungus do well with apple trees?

In Mycelium Running, Paul Stamets talks about inoculating seedlings with mycorrhizal funguses. He shows a side by side of young Maple saplings, one with and one with out showing the immense ...
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Are there any commercially available endophytic fungi to protect fruit trees against rusts?

I've read about endophytic fungi that grows in between the cell walls of a plant's cells and offers some protection against bacterial and fungal parasites. Are there are any commercially available ...
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How to utilize a boreal forest for animal husbandry?

Forests are the great producers of oxygen, and sustainable living is hardly imaginable with meadows and farmlands only. But how to best utilize a forest for animal husbandry, in the way that ...