Issue 153


Find Issue #153, (Winter 2011) – “Permaculture” of Communities Magazine here!

Communal Studies Association Honors Communities

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On October 1, 2011, at the banquet concluding the Communal Studies Association’s annual meeting (held this year at the historic Shaker Village at South Union, Auburn, Kentucky),Communities magazine received a big, and welcome, surprise: the CSA’s Donald E. Pitzer Distinguished Service Award.


How Permaculture Stole My Community!

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After a painful period stranded in “permaculture heaven,” an Earthaven founder finds her community finally moving back towards balance with its eco-spiritual roots.


Doing It, or Are We?

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On Hawaii’s Big Island, La’akea Community explores sustainability through myriad experiments—from keeping wild pet pigs in the garden to eating 100 percent locally to mowing with sheep.


The Sharing Gardens

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An innovative approach to collective community gardens nurtures a culture of giving while allowing participants to feed both themselves and those in need.


Growing a Culture of Gratitude in Argentine Patagonia

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An organic farming volunteer learns surprising new lessons from his Argentinian hosts—such as how to relax, how to enjoy practical labor, and how to contribute more sustainably by putting personal work first.


Hugelkultur on the Prairie, or Learning from Our Mistakes

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Degraded slopes, crumbling logs, plenty of trench-digging, seven blueberry plants, and an unanticipated drought combine to teach some important lessons.


Permaculture at The Farm

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Drawing on its long association with permaculture, The Farm in Tennessee institutes on-the-ground projects designed to provide resilience in times of climate change.


Sociocracy

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Lost Valley Educational Center avoids collapse and reinvigorates itself by applying a new approach to governance combining the best of diverse models.


Social Permaculture

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While expert at understanding ecological connections, permaculturalists often founder in relating with one another. Applying permaculture principles to group dynamics can help us work together more effectively.


Permaculture 101 and Attending to Zone Zero

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The editor provides a refresher on our theme and suggests some new Zone Zero guidelines to help keep permaculturalists in the game for the long haul.