Miracles In Permaculture with Bill Mollison

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We hate to be reminded of the dangerous degradation of our air, water and soil quality because it is so widespread and seems so hopeless. But Mollison, one of the originators of permaculture, tells us how to make land and water healthy and supportive of human and countless other forms of life. He describes a sensible, sustainable community that is feeding itself abundantly and saving energy costs while improving its soil and water quality, and tells how he himself rejuvenated five acres of badly abused land to create the "food forest" he lives in: "You could get lost in it, but you'd never starve!" Mollison illuminates the complex and marvelous interactions among trees and rain, soil, plants, animals and humans, as he tells us how to bring health and sanity back to land-use practices. (hosted by Neil Harvey)


Bill Mollison is a researcher, author, scientist, teacher, naturalist and has been called the 'father of permaculture', an integrated system of design co-developed with David Holmgren that encompasses not only agriculture, horticulture, architecture and ecology but also economic systems, land access strategies and legal systems for businesses and communities. He received the Right Livelihood Award in 1981 with Patrick van Rensburg. He is executive director of the Permaculture Institute in Tyalgum, Australia.

Bill Mollison is the author of:

To learn more about the work of Bill Mollison go to www.tagari.com.

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Distress signals in our environment
  • The truth about soybeans
  • The travesty of American wheat export
  • A model permaculture community in Davis, California
  • How "swales" save rainwater and rejuvenate the soil
  • How to rehabilitate abused land
  • Narrow misses in the papaya-and-jackfruit jungle
  • The economic wonder of a healthy garden
  • The amazing role of trees in weather and soil quality

Host: Neil Harvey      Interview Date: 1/24/1996      Program Number: 2564

Music Included

From Album: Australia: Sound of the Earth
Artist: David Hudson, Steve Roach & Sarah Hopkins
Fortuna One (BMI) #CD 17071-2

From Album: Coranderrk
Artist: Peter Mumme
1994 Rising Star Records #RS00111

From Album: Ancestral Voices
Artist: R. Carlos Nakai and William Eaton
Canyon Records #CR-7010
Track - Walking the Shining Earth