Integrating Housing With Food Production

Following on from yesterday’s post, I thought that today I would briefly outline some of the ways that architects, city planners, growers and permaculture design can come together to rethink how we formulate our built environments and produce food. More joined up thinking is urgently needed – but what exactly does integrating housing with foodContinue reading “Integrating Housing With Food Production”

Energy Generation in Permaculture Plans

If you are making a plan for your garden, homestead or farm site, food production is likely to be your primary concern. But before you commit to creating your designs, it could be a good idea to think about how you might be able to integrate energy generation. In permaculture, of course, we always tryContinue reading “Energy Generation in Permaculture Plans”

Case Study: Kin Domain Community

Following on from last week’s case study, here is some more detail from my design for a series on kin domains or family homesteads in Jamaica. The goal for each individual kin domain is to provide for the basic needs of a family over the generations, while avoiding harm to the wider world. However, whileContinue reading “Case Study: Kin Domain Community”

The Benefits of Clay Plaster

In our steading/ barn conversion, we are aiming to use materials and finishes that are as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible. One step we are taking to make a healthy and sustainable build is using clay plaster. In finishing one wall prior to the arrival of our Rayburn (delivery has been delayed but it isContinue reading “The Benefits of Clay Plaster”

Managing Risk – Creating Anti-Fragile Systems

Whether we are talking about businesses, communities or individual homes – risk is a big part of life. In these difficult times, risk is ever-present. We might not all be aware of it all the time, but we are all managing risk on a daily basis. Every time we take a decision about whether weContinue reading “Managing Risk – Creating Anti-Fragile Systems”

Co-Housing – A Co-operative Idea for Sustainability

No matter what your current situation in life, it is always important to remember that we are none of us alone. Sustainability begins at home. But co-operation and collaboration are, of course, key to creating a better future. But how exactly can co-operation bring us closer to the way of life we want to liveContinue reading “Co-Housing – A Co-operative Idea for Sustainability”

Making Natural Cleaning and Beauty Products

The proliferation of products in a typical bathroom can be truly astounding. Plastic bottles filled with a wide range of different cleansers, cleaners, exfoliants, toners, moisturisers, shampoos, conditioners and more can quickly pile up. But for those who are trying to live a more sustainable way of life, natural DIY cleaning and beauty products canContinue reading “Making Natural Cleaning and Beauty Products”

Why Renovation/ Retrofitting Can Be More Sustainable Than Building New

When you think of sustainable living, it is likely that a number of different solutions spring to mind. You might think about a tiny home, that really cuts down your impact on the planet. You might think about a natural building, made of sustainable timber, straw bales, cob or adobe. Or you might think aboutContinue reading “Why Renovation/ Retrofitting Can Be More Sustainable Than Building New”

Case Study: Permaculture Community

The above image is another portion of the permaculture design I was working on in New York State. This portion of the plan shows the scheme to create six multi-generational eco-friendly and sustainable homes. Each one has garden utility and functionality which enables a greener way of life. A community barn and farm stalls (to theContinue reading “Case Study: Permaculture Community”

Where To Live Sustainably

We tend to talk a lot about how to live sustainably. But where we do so is also an important part of the puzzle. Where we choose to live can have a huge bearing on how sustainably we can live and how easily we can do so. You might not be able to change yourContinue reading “Where To Live Sustainably”