|Open Source Permaculture On Its Way to the Internet
From the urban sprawl of Istanbul and Mexico City to the Rocky Mountains in the United States and the deserts of Jordan, permaculture activists are gently greening the world one small patch at the time.
documentary filmmaker and environmentalist Sophia Novack is hoping to
help accelerate that process with the creation of Open Source Permaculture,
a free online resource that she says would teach "anyone (including
you!) ... how to grow an incredibly productive backyard permaculture
Permaculture Social Networking
Though the full definition is more complex, permaculture,
short for "permanent agriculture," is essentially a way of designing
farms and gardens so they work like natural ecosystems. The methods used
are generally low-tech, but permaculture activists haven’t shied away
from using the Internet to connect with resources and each other.
The Worldwide Permaculture Network, created by a research institute in Australia, is a social networking hub for permaculturists, while Novack’s Permaculture Media Blog and Permaculture Directory offer free access to thousands of videos and other educational materials and worldwide listings of sustainable-living events.
DIY Tips On Urban Permaculture
is currently raising money on Indiegogo, a site similar to Kickstarter,
to build the two main components of Open Source Permaculture, a
"Q&A Website + Wiki" and a free "Urban Permaculture Guide eBook"
that promises DIY tips on plenty of TreeHugger’s favorite topics,
including balcony gardening, vertical gardens, guerilla gardening, school gardens, community supported agriculture, composting, and rainwater collection.
six days left in its campaign, Open Source Permaculture has raised more
than $9,000 of its $15,000 goal. "I believe local, community-oriented
solutions are crucial to creating a more sustainable, resilient
culture," Novack says. "My vision is to create a comprehensive online
resource, so anyone and everyone wanting to create more sustainability
in their home or community can have all the resources and support they
need at their fingertips."
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