Once thought of as non-political, the recent attendance of permaculture’s most-prominent authority at a rally against government pandemic measures has opened a split in the movement and revealed longer-running hidden unease.

ON NOVEMBER 20, 2021, a controversy erupted in the Australian permaculture network. The controversy continues to unfold as I write. This article should therefore be read as a snapshot of a continuing conversation as it stands in early December.

In the interests of clarifying the issue I want to use…

Permaculture: our story, our history…

The Trainer Papers were first published in 2010. I am republishing them 21 years after first publication because their perspective may be of historical value to the story of the permaculture design system and associated initiatives like the Transition Towns movement, and because of the upsurge in interest in ideas about sustainability and regenerative systems.

Preamble

The Trainer Papers document the late-2009-early-2010 conversations between UNSW lecturer, Ted Trainer, and journalist, Russ Grayson.

In The Trainer Papers: 3 documents Ted Trainer’s response to my comments on his critique of the Transition Town and permaculture (and here) movements that appeared in The Trainer Papers 2. The Trainer Papers…

Permaculture: our story, our history…

The Trainer Papers were first published in 2010. I am republishing them 21 years after first publication because their perspective may be of historical value to the story of the permaculture design system and associated initiatives like the Transition Towns movement, and because of the upsurge in interest in ideas about sustainability and regenerative systems.

Preamble

The Trainer Papers document the late-2009-early-2010 conversations between UNSW lecturer, Ted Trainer, and journalist, Russ Grayson.

The Trainer Papers: 3 documents Ted Trainer’s response to my comments on his critique of the Transition Town and permaculture (and here) movements that appeared in The Trainer Papers 2. …

Permaculture: our story, our history…

The Trainer Papers were first published in 2010. I am republishing them 21 years after first publication because their perspective may be of historical value to the story of the permaculture design system and associated initiatives like the Transition Towns movement, and because of the upsurge in interest in ideas about sustainability and regenerative systems.

Preamble

The Trainer Papers document the late-2009 conversations between retired UNSW lecturer, Ted Trainer, and journalist, Russ Grayson. In The Trainer Papers: 2, Russ responds to Ted’s friendly critique of the Transitions Towns movement published in The Trainer Papers: 1.

Russ was a tutor and occasional guest lecturer in Ted’s UNSW…

Permaculture: our story, our history…

The Trainer Papers were first published in 2010. I am republishing them 21 years after first publication because their perspective may be of historical value to the story of the permaculture design system and associated initiatives like the Transition Towns movement, and because of the upsurge in interest in ideas about sustainability and regenerative systems.

Preamble

The Trainer Papers document the late-2009 conversations between retired UNSW lecturer, Ted Trainer, and journalist, Russ Grayson.

The gist of the first of the Trainer Papers is Ted’s friendly critique of the Transition Towns movement which started in the UK then spread to Australia and the USA. When Ted wrote…

Issues in permaculture…

I am republishing a story I wrote in a now-defunct website in the September of 2015 when questions about the cost of the Permaculture Design Course were being asked. The cost of design courses is one of those issues which periodically rise and subside in permaculture. That is why I republish this article.

Students present their final team designs at a PacificEdge Permaculture design course at Penrose Rural Co-op in the 1990s.

READING THROUGH COMMENTS on a Facebook post recently I came upon one familiar to providers of permaculture education — the high price of permaculture design courses.

The commentator was a little disparaging, saying that the cost of the courses was so high they were unaffordable. High prices for permaculture design…

Fresh ideas for life in the Anthropocene…

Ted Trainer. Limits to growth advocate and educator.

Guest writer, Dr Ted Trainer, has for decades been a limits to growth advocate. Ted lectured in limits to growth and other subjects during a long teaching career at the University of New South Wales. He is author of a number of books on living in a simpler way. Ted…

Food aplenty thanks to local growers near Comboyne NSW selling at the local Makers’ Market. Can local production like this offset the reported global food shortage now unfolding?

If anything calls for governments, institutions and the people to enact the permaculture principle of creatively using and responding to change, surely it is the warnings of a global food shortage now coming from multiple sources.

What is behind the warnings?

Globally, agricultural commodity prices are 25 percent higher than a year ago, bringing higher…

Stories of the trail…

Prices quoted are Australian dollars.

Why did we assess supermarket food for bushwalking?

We were curious about whether packaged foods from supermarkets could offer a nutritious and cheaper alternative to the freeze dried and vacuum packaged foods offered in adventure equipment stores and to the noodles popular among bushwalkers.

The advantage of prepared, freeze dried bushwalking foods is their light weight and ease…

Russ Grayson

I'm an independent online and photojournalist living on the Tasmanian coast after nine months on the road in a minivan.

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