The Moment We Lost the Gift of Sharing

We are clamoring for values education, and we continue to talk in romantic terms of our social fabric. But how much of this are we really practicing? How much of this are we expressing in our daily actions? The permaculture mind is a mind that will share unconditionally. It is…

The Importance of Permaculture Farming

I like the fact that around 100 years ago—not such a long time back in history—we were all organic farmers and we had a good understanding of the life’s major skills. There was no system to aid us, while books on the subject matters were rare and scarce.  So where…

Protected Land and Seascapes

In the Philippines there are laws governing the protection of areas of utmost natural beauty or which deserve our conservation. The DENR has come up with rules that will govern such places and keep them safe from human greed. How would you start looking as a permaculturist at natural areas?…

Preparing for Complexity

Preparing for complexity could be easier than you think. Sometimes it is a process of giving in to it more than wanting to understand and getting frustrated in the process of doing so. Remember how easy it was giving in to complexity were when you were young. Generally, at an…

Combing a Site

(Building Off grid- Part 1: Cleaning the Site) One year ago, I embarked on a grand project. For the longest possible time I had wanted to really build an off-grid house. It had always been an impulsive idea in my mind, but the more the thought crosses my mind the…

Synergy Matter

What happens when things fall into place, when materials, tools and people suddenly generate a synergy beyond compare? Magic happens and the unexpected of energies and conflict thereof evaporate in an utterly interesting balance of forces. Recently, our team started a development project in Divilacan, Isabela under the Sustainable Technologies…

Permaculture Designs are Simple, yet Crafted with Great Sense of Detail and Passion

Permaculture becomes really interesting if we become minimalistic about it. It is similar to the artist drawing the perfect line or a designer having invented something so simple yet practical. It is hitting a jackpot, and everything feels so perfect. One of my own favorites would be to put a…

Permaculture Designs are Small-scale

Small is always beautiful. We fully understand this statement yet we use and abuse it all the time. What does it really mean, how will we know when something is small? What is the concept of beauty going to be since it will be subjective? One time while working with…