This interview is done by Frank Aragona, on the Agroinnovations Podcast.
This is a 20 minute trailer for a longer 50 minute film called THE CHIKUKWA PROJECT for which we are seeking completion funding of approximately $15,000. It shows a permaculture project in Zimbabwe where 7,000 Shona African people have changed their lives by adopting permaculture farming principles.
Shake Shake The Mango Tree: Sesame Street
The Eastern Agricultural Complex are a group of crops that were domesticated in Eastern North American before the arrival of corn, beans, and squash from Mexico. In 2011 Jonathan and I grew out a bunch of them to learn more about this fascinating but largely neglected group of native crops. Source: Perennial Solutions
All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace – Adam Curtis: This is a taster clip from Adam Curtis’ new documentary, All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace. It begins Monday 23rd May, BBC2 at 9pm.
People have been trained to think that biotech is complicated and expensive. Cathal Garvey shows here that with a bit of ingenuity, a lot of outside-the-box thinking, and a modicum of research, DIY Biotechnology exists within the purview of the common person, both in terms of ease and price. He also tells us how this line of thinking can be used to bring much needed drugs to developing countries in a cheap, simple and scalable way
On his 40th birthday, Tom Good is no longer able to take his job seriously and gives up work as a draughtsman for a company that makes plastic toys for breakfast cereal packets. Their house is paid for so he and his wife Barbara adopt a sustainable, simple and self-sufficient lifestyle while staying in their home in The Avenue, Surbiton. They turn their front and back gardens into allotments, growing soft fruit and vegetables. They introduce chickens, pigs (Pinky and Perky), a goat (Geraldine) and a cockerel (Lenin). They generate their own electricity, using methane from animal waste, and attempt to make their own clothes. They sell or barter surplus crops for essentials they cannot make themselves. They cut their monetary requirements to the minimum with varying success.
Their actions horrify their kindly but conventional neighbours, Margo and Jerry Leadbetter. Margo and Jerry were intended to be minor characters, but their relationship with one another and the Goods became an essential element. Under the influence of the Goods’ homemade wine, called “peapod burgundy”, the strength of which becomes a running joke, their intermingled attractions for one another become apparent. Both couples are childless.
Source: The Good Life
Keith’s presentation at TEDxBloomington included a remarkable visual presentation of the transformation of the suburban forest garden he co-manages on the 2/3 acre site where he homesteads with Peter Bane and a regular flow of interns.
Keith participates in a number of local activism projects including the editorial guild of the Permaculture Activist, the founding of Transition Bloomington (Indiana’s first Transition Town Initiative), boardmember of the Local Growers Guild, contributor to Bloomington’s Peak Oil Task Force, member of the Bloomington Permaculture Guild & member of the Bloomington Food Policy Council. A frequent public speaker and radio interviewee, he works constantly to share a vision of cultural and ecological regeneration and continues to provide ecological design and consultation services via Patterns for Abundance.