Permaculture Association UK
The Permaculture Association: Knowledge Base
Includes information on: The Basics, Ethics, Principles, Design, Practical Solutions, Starting out in permaculture, Resources, Global challenges.
The Permaculture Research Digest provides short summaries of newly published permaculture-related research. It includes books, academic journal articles, reports, dissertations and on-line articles.
Transition Research Handbook
Research that is mutually beneficial for both Transition Initiatives (part of the Transition Towns movement) and academic researchers.
Soil, Yield and Biodiversity Tests Project
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The UK Permaculture Association is identifying and developing a number of simple tests which can be used by researchers and practitioners throughout the world. These include tests for measuring biodiversity, soil quality and cropping.
The aim is to create a simple, comparable, scientifically valid, monitoring toolkit that can measure and document key indicators of success for permaculture projects across the world. Many of these tests already exist (e.g. Holisitic Management grassland 'bullseye' tests developed by Kirk Gadzia, or OPAL's citizen science tests for soil, air and water quality and biodiversity).
We are popularising them within the permaculture network and identifying tools for use in a range of climates. The tests will:
1. provide growers with a simple agro-ecological measuring toolkit that will help them understand their system – what is working, what needs more attention;
2. help farmers and growers maximise social and environmental health, make practical project improvements and try new strategies;
3. increase learning and reflection leading to improvements and developments in both local projects and worldwide permaculture practice;
4. deepen understanding of permaculture principles and design approaches;
5. create a stronger empirical evidence base, and an understanding of significant practical challenges that can lead to a clear practitioner driven research agenda; and
6. ultimately provide a practical way to integrate a 'citizen science' research approach into the permaculture design process and address one of permaculture's most critical weaknesses – a lack of documentation and empirical data.
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