What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a branch of ecological design, ecological engineering, environmental design, construction and integrated water resources management that develops sustainable architecture, regenerative and self-maintained habitat and agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.

3 Nitrogen Fixing Plants for the Forest Garden

Nitrogen fixing shrubs are valuable in agroforestry systems. They can be integrated into perennial agriculture systems to restore and maintain nutrient cycling and fertility self-reliance. The following 3 nitrogen fixing plants have additional uses and benefits as well. This is a quick snap shot of nitrogen fixing plants. Please share your experiences with these or […]

Permaculture Resource List

Compiled by Elizabeth Lynch, Troy Hottle, and Juliette Jones Pc Communities, on-line or other Pittsburgh Garden Experiment: Eastern Permaculture Guild: Eastern Permaculture Guild: Local Food Cleveland: Three Rivers Permaculture Guild Pittsburgh-local Resources Pittsburgh Permaculture: Transition Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Garden Experiment: Steel City Soils: Octupus Organics: Urban Homesteaders: […]

Borland Green Video by Transition Pgh

Here is a little video about the Borland Green project which we are working on in partnership with GTECH Strategies. The project is being funded by a Spring Grant from The Sprout Fund. Click here for more information about the project. – – –

An Herbalists’ Permaculture Landscape

One of the best ways to assess a site is to observe it for at least one year. This plan for my backyard has been in the works for almost two years now.  I have made certain changes due to the encompassing urban landscape and the sometimes undesirable situations that it brings. Rats- there apparently […]

Permaculture Design Certificate Course

This is a reminder… exactly one month until the PDC, register NOW to join us at the Phipps Garden Center! 6 WEEKENDS (January to April 2011): Jan 29-30; Feb 12-13, 26-27; Mar 12-13, 26-27; Apr 2, 9:00am to 4:30pm — Earn your internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification! — Share 6 weekends immersed in a fun, supportive […]

Biodiversity Rising

Posted by on Oct 5, 2010 in Biodiversity, General Thoughts, Plants | One Comment

– – – – – – As we move out of the growing season and the leaves begin to fall, it is a nice time to reflect on the development of the garden. The returns this year have been great. We have been reaping the rewards of increased wildlife, more vigorous and beautiful plants, food, […]