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Bill Mollison passed away on September 24, 2016 – Co-originator of ‘Permaculture’

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So, in answer to the complex question “what is permaculture?”, perhaps the most concise response is to say with others that “permaculture is a revolution disguised as organic gardening”.

By Samuel Alexander
The Conversation
Sept 28, 2016

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Mollison grew up in Stanley, Tasmania. After leaving school at 15 he moved through a range of occupations before joining the CSIRO in the Wildlife Survey Section in 1954, where he developed his research experience and understanding of ecological systems.

He was later appointed to the University of Tasmania, which is where, in 1974, he met the brilliant and radical young research student, David Holmgren

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Mumbai’s iKheti: Grow your own edible garden, at home

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Ms. Priyanka Amar presenting the Concept of iKheti to the President of India, Smt. Prathiba Singh Patil (12th President 2007-2012), at the WE School, Mumbai.

Priyanka Amar Shah, founder of iKheti, believes that urban farming has the potential to make cities greener. iKheti, a social enterprise started in 2012

Money Control
India’s Financial Portal
Sept, 2016

iKheti, which presently offers services in Mumbai and its outskirts and Pune, plans to spread to other cities of India. “We have already begun diversifying into developing edible landscaping. This involves using food plants as design features, to make it is visually appealing and also useful,” she explains.

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Philadelphia: More than 100 farmers, gardeners, and fresh food advocates testify about the importance of urban agriculture

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Malaika Reid, a backyard chicken farmer from West Philly, with her daughter in May, 2016. Photo: Charles Mostoller

Decades-old community gardens facing eviction. Residents fined by law enforcement for raising chickens in their backyard. Neighborhoods where the only food for sale is junk at a corner poppy shop.

By Sam Newhouse
Metro
Sept 22, 2016

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City Councilman Al Taubenberger called the hearing under a resolution to explore supporting urban agriculture around Philadelphia, and said it remains to be seen if any new legislation will arise from the hearing. More hearings will be scheduled to explore the possibilities of vertical or controlled-environment farming.

“This was to help the hobbyist, the nonprofits, those who are bringing neighborhoods together,” he said. “It is also to continue the heritage of Philadelphia as being an epicenter of agriculture, which has long been forgotten.”

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