The Permaculture Research Institute http://www.brittanistarr.com Permaculture News, Information, Forums, Courses and Worldwide Reports Tue, 24 Nov 2020 03:56:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 http://www.brittanistarr.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/cropped-permaculture-research-institute-icon-1-32x32.png The Permaculture Research Institute http://www.brittanistarr.com 32 32 Part 3 – Wise Woman Ways http://www.brittanistarr.com/2020/11/24/part-3-wise-woman-ways/ http://www.brittanistarr.com/2020/11/24/part-3-wise-woman-ways/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2020 03:56:27 +0000 http://www.brittanistarr.com/?p=542782 In sharing with us the stories of the whales and the trees (see the previous article in this Series), science confirms what indigenous people have always known: older women have critically important roles to play as way-finders, peace-makers, and care-takers. But these wise woman powers can only be expressed if older women are seen and …

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The Polyculture Project 2020 – Week 9 http://www.brittanistarr.com/2020/11/21/the-polyculture-project-2020-week-9/ http://www.brittanistarr.com/2020/11/21/the-polyculture-project-2020-week-9/#respond Sat, 21 Nov 2020 07:00:23 +0000 http://www.brittanistarr.com/?p=542754 Wow, that week went super fast. It’s been hot and still here the last week, threatening to rain but never delivering which is odd for May as it’s usually one of our wettest months. We spent most of the week working in the home garden Apatheia, propagating plants for the nursery, planting out the Tomatoes …

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Permaculture and Peace – Part 3 http://www.brittanistarr.com/2020/11/19/permaculture-and-peace-part-3/ http://www.brittanistarr.com/2020/11/19/permaculture-and-peace-part-3/#respond Thu, 19 Nov 2020 07:00:38 +0000 http://www.brittanistarr.com/?p=542757 In part 1?of this article series we looked at the similarities between peace and permaculture as holistic practices which can be engaged in by anyone. In part 2 we explored the idea that violence can be seen as a cycle, which, like cycles within human behaviour, can be transcended, through practising the art of forgiveness …

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Part 2 – The Role of the Grandmothers http://www.brittanistarr.com/2020/11/16/part-2-the-role-of-the-grandmothers/ http://www.brittanistarr.com/2020/11/16/part-2-the-role-of-the-grandmothers/#respond Sun, 15 Nov 2020 22:33:14 +0000 http://www.brittanistarr.com/?p=542750 In the first article in this Series we talked about wise woman ways, growing older, and the healthy maturation of human beings. In this article we’ll discover what the wisdom of whales, trees, and indigenous peoples can tell us about the gifts that older women have to offer. As the eastern sky began to lighten …

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The Polyculture Project 2020 – Week 8 http://www.brittanistarr.com/2020/11/14/the-polyculture-project-2020-week-8/ http://www.brittanistarr.com/2020/11/14/the-polyculture-project-2020-week-8/#respond Sat, 14 Nov 2020 07:00:47 +0000 http://www.brittanistarr.com/?p=542679 It’s been lovely to have some decent rain last week, to soak the soils, fill up the water tanks, and give the plants that vibrant green sheen. The rain, followed by warm sunshine, has everything growing?profusely and the fruits are swelling on the shrubs and trees. Sophie and the boys planted out one of our …

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Ancient Gardens of East Asia http://www.brittanistarr.com/2020/11/12/ancient-gardens-of-east-asia/ http://www.brittanistarr.com/2020/11/12/ancient-gardens-of-east-asia/#respond Thu, 12 Nov 2020 07:00:08 +0000 http://www.brittanistarr.com/?p=542595 When we think of gardens in Asia, particularly the Far East, it’s hard not to envision rice terraces. Terraces shape the landscapes of so many countries in East Asia: Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, China, India, etc. Many of them are over a thousand years old and remain in production today. Rather than get into the …

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Part 1 – Wise Woman Ways http://www.brittanistarr.com/2020/11/09/part-1-wise-woman-ways/ http://www.brittanistarr.com/2020/11/09/part-1-wise-woman-ways/#respond Sun, 08 Nov 2020 23:24:26 +0000 http://www.brittanistarr.com/?p=542681 The “Grandmother Hypothesis,” or Grandmother Effect, is the idea that the presence of grandmothers helping in the care of their grand-offspring has been an important factor in human survival and evolution. In this 4-Part Series of articles we’ll explore how women, and older women in particular, contribute to peace and well-being for families, communities, and …

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The Polyculture Project – Week 7 2020 http://www.brittanistarr.com/2020/11/07/the-polyculture-project-week-7-2020/ http://www.brittanistarr.com/2020/11/07/the-polyculture-project-week-7-2020/#respond Sat, 07 Nov 2020 07:00:19 +0000 http://www.brittanistarr.com/?p=542593 It’s been a busy week here at the project and we are delighted to have started our very first Regenerative Landscape Design – Online Interactive Course. We met the participants on Saturday evening and are looking forward to getting to know everyone better and to share our knowledge over the next 20 weeks on how …

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How to Turn Your Backyard Into a Certified Wildlife Habitat http://www.brittanistarr.com/2020/11/04/how-to-turn-your-backyard-into-a-certified-wildlife-habitat/ http://www.brittanistarr.com/2020/11/04/how-to-turn-your-backyard-into-a-certified-wildlife-habitat/#respond Wed, 04 Nov 2020 07:00:02 +0000 http://www.brittanistarr.com/?p=542474 Climate change continues to alter the planet and make it less suitable for sustaining life. Animals have felt this effect more than anyone else. As people look for new locations to build safer, more weather-proof cities, wildlife species have retreated to the minimal spaces still left intact. Humans can do their part to mitigate the …

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Dominant Healthcare vs Marginalised Alternatives http://www.brittanistarr.com/2020/11/02/dominant-healthcare-vs-marginalised-alternatives/ http://www.brittanistarr.com/2020/11/02/dominant-healthcare-vs-marginalised-alternatives/#comments Sun, 01 Nov 2020 23:00:48 +0000 http://www.brittanistarr.com/?p=542470 In our culture, control and separation are given more importance than compassion and relationship. To illustrate what I mean, here’s a comparison between the dominant approach to healthcare and the marginalised, “alternative” approaches. Recently I went to see a medical doctor. The first thing the staff did was collect my data. They weighed and measured, …

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The Polyculture Project – Week 6 2020 http://www.brittanistarr.com/2020/10/31/the-polyculture-project-week-6-2020/ http://www.brittanistarr.com/2020/10/31/the-polyculture-project-week-6-2020/#respond Sat, 31 Oct 2020 07:00:00 +0000 http://www.brittanistarr.com/?p=542484 It’s been a beautiful week here in Shipka, lovely weather and bright blue skies. We’ve been busy in the gardens, getting some late planting-out done, tackling some spring pruning, and preparing the beds for the warm season annual crops. Our early spring pruning includes some tree and shrub work that did not get done in …

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Supermarket Food Is Like A Tiger In A Zoo http://www.brittanistarr.com/2020/10/28/supermarket-food-is-like-a-tiger-in-a-zoo/ http://www.brittanistarr.com/2020/10/28/supermarket-food-is-like-a-tiger-in-a-zoo/#respond Wed, 28 Oct 2020 07:00:15 +0000 http://www.brittanistarr.com/?p=542467 Real food is more expensive than supermarket food if you measure only in dollars. But here’s the thing: if you can measure its value in dollars, it’s not really real food. The value of food was never meant to be measured. To measure something, you have to separate it out from the other things it’s …

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