Whether it be earthquakes, storms, rising sea levels or a global oil shortage, there is always a risk that outside factors could adversely impact the way we live. The best we can do is be prepared. Resilience refers to the ability of individuals and communities to hold together and maintain their ability to function in the face of shocks from the outside.

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A system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystem.


This is why we are using it at BURPP.


Permaculture Profiles

A small library of important players in urban permaculture, extolling the benefits of various plants and the roles they play. Includes recipes and instructions for making herbal preparations. Also includes profiles for major influencers in permaculture and references for further reading.

Dive in here to see who’s who!


Breaking the first rule of Permaculture Club

I quoted the first of David Holmgren’s principles of permaculture: observe and Interact in my blank canvass post. Truth is, this takes a great deal of self-discipline. I often struggle to curb my enthusiasm enough to slow down, look and take it all in. I usually just want to leap in and start planting. And this is where I have already caught myself breaking the first rule of permaculture club. In my defense, we have lived here a year previously as renting…

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Base Map

Having brainstormed our ideas for our garden we now have a good idea about what our goals are and what it is we want our garden to be. Next step is to take stock of what we have already got to work with. An essential part of the design process is creating a base map. A base map is an essential tool for helping model and visualise ideas. It can be used as a means of familiarising yourself with the…

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Brainstorm in a teacup

Having clear goals is key to any design. The first part of our planning process was to get a clear idea of what is was we actually wanted our garden to be. We wanted the whole family to feel a sense of ownership and responsibility for the garden and to do this we felt it important for the kids to be involved from the beginning. This means getting everyone involved in the design, so we held a creative brainstorm session one…

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“It’s so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas”

– Paul Cezanne Yet, here we are. Perusing the neatly presented garden on the day we picked up the keys. The previous owner had scraped the weeds back from the beds, making it look very tidy for prospective buyers, and I have to admit, I like they way it looks. Clean lines, no clutter of vegetation, neatly clipped lawns – all these things appeal to my sense of order. As wonderful as it is to be able to put down roots…

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New Beginnings in Urban Permaculture

Welcome to BURPP! We took ownership of a small piece of urban paradise in the capital city of New Zealand in January 2017. We rented the same property 12 months previously but as tenants we were restricted in what we could do. It didn’t stop us dreaming though. We often wondered what we might do if we had free reign to unleash permaculture on the place. What sort  productive food systems could the property yield? Well by an interesting turn…

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