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The following is a list of all entries from the ecovillage category.

Push Reel Lawn Mower – The New Generation

Yea! Some exercise!

Push Reel Lawn Mower – The New Generation

No fossil fuels mean you can smell better. Let’s leave some trees and dinosaurs where they lay. How do we Make a Choice to get a good return on investment for the good of all including ourselves? When we consider the health benefits of food and exercise, and clean air and water versus disease and death, it becomes obvious. Polyface Farms knows where it’s at.

 

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Recycling Plastic

PLASTICS RECYCLING: NOW MORE THAN EVER

Could recycled plastics be mixed with bioplastics in forming new products. Transition Vancouver is looking for ways to veer towards a carbon neutral earth.

Here is the way the town of Curitiba recycles in Brazil. More about the green city of Curitiba, Brazil. In this picture, the categories are paper, plastic, metal, glass and organics. Jamie Lerner initiated a sorting program over 10 years ago where people went through the waste to sort garbage, but here we are seeing the way they have evolved their waste system. Notice there is no trash can. Everything sorts into these 5 categories. Jaime Lerner sings of the city on TED.


Decentralization Design

We need to get down to get up.

Permaculture on a larger scale, smaller scale. We have big problems. Only by letting them go, can we dream of repairing our psyche, regenerating ourselves and our lives. Reduce consumption. Human have needed to so, maybe it is time that we have enough now to give back. It might not look like it, but having a garage full of ‘useless things”, piles of ‘junk” can still be seen as surplus and we can give all of these abundances away, not to the dump, but to reuse centers, and repair centers, through trade and barter. We can use online free sites to offer our unwanted goods, or excess building material to others nearby who might need it through sites such as freecycle. We can take advantage of local reuse centers such as those run by habitat for humanity, and get stagnant resources back into circulation. The world is abundant, if only we did not want so much.

A new flower is unfolding, and it is hiding everywhere. This week we are presenting about the Principle of Cooperation where cooperation not competition is the very basis of existing life systems and of future survival.

What does that look like?

Personal independence depends on co-operative human society….
only what we share gives us access to all necessary possessions.
~Bill Mollison

Permaculture is the use of ecology as the
basis for designing integrated systems of food production, housing
appropriate technology and community development. It offers a practical,
creative approach to the problems of diminishing resources and threatened
life support systems now facing the world.
~Simon Henderson

The alternative is a design science revolution…
Design science produces so much performance
per unit of resource invested as to take care of all
human needs.
~Buckminster Fuller

flower

The Permaculture Flower, designed by David Holmgren, reprinted from “Permaculture: Pathways and Principles” by David Holmgren.


Permablitz

digging in the dirt

Permablitz Network

Vancouver Permaculture

Vancouver Permaculture at work.


Lost Valley Sustainable Education Center

Lost Valley

Since 1989, Lost Valley Educational Center has been a place for learning, exploration, experimentation, and growth, through our educational programs, and also within our residential intentional community. Our programs include: the Ecovillage and Permaculture Institute, the retreat and conference facility with 120 beds plus camping, the Nature Center, the intern program, and various publications, including back issue sets of the journal Talking Leaves. Our residential community averages around 25 adult and child members, ages 6 to 65 (plus interns and others). LVEC uses a permaculture approach of ecological design and restoration to care-take our 87 beautiful acres of gardens, meadows, forests, pond, creek and trails. We are located 18 miles southeast of Eugene, Oregon, 20 minutes off of I-5 via Route 58 on 87 beautiful acres of gardens, meadows, forests, pond, creek, and trails.

We are taking applications for our fall Permaculture Certification Program Sept. 29-Oct. 24.


The Myth of Arcosanti

The Myth of Arcosanti: Arcosanti in the News

A Green Utopia Grows in the Arizona Desert
The Washington Post
By Andrea Sachs

(don’t forget to read the part about the Rubix cube party)

Soleri at Arcosanti

Arcosanti History