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Permaculture Tip of the Day – First Flush System Version 3

Nicholas Burtner has started testing out live video and chose to make the first tip from live video while it was raining in the middle of summer to explain version three of the School of Permaculture Suburban Site. Hope you guys enjoy! ~We greatly appreciate your shares and likes. Please share if you found something[…]

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Permaculture Tip of the Day – High End Code Compliant Composting Toilet

Nicholas Burtner visits Guner Tautrim and the two have a bit of a silliness showing off a real high end code compliant composting toilet for those who wish to still have the look and feel of a flush toilet but with code compliance (where applicable) and responsible use. Find more toilets like these at[…]

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Permaculture Tip of the Day – Dehydrating Food with Hot Water

Nicholas Burtner is in Victoria, British Columbia at the Ann and Gord Baird homestead, where it is truly awesome, and Gord shows off a very unique designed feature for dehydrating food using the “wasted” heat from the solar hot water heater. #Awesome Find out more and contact Gord at ~We greatly appreciate your shares[…]

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Permaculture Tip of the Day – Permaculture Suburban Planning

Get inspired with some footage of Davis California’s Village Homes. Nicholas Burtner visits and see how these strategies and techniques combined with appropriate technology over the last 50 years can make amazing future suburban sites! ~We greatly appreciate your shares and likes. Please share if you found something useful. What next? (click below) Take a[…]


Permaculture Tip of the Day – Greenhouse/Biogas Digester/Root Cellar/Living Roof

Check out this multi-functional building that Sandy McPherson and Alan Philip put together. This building, made from the clay excavated from a water storage project on the same site, is a solar greenhouse with a thick wall between the sun side and shade side  to provide a cold storage root cellar. Along with the solar[…]

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Permaculture Tip of the Day – Beautifying Urban Spaces With Reclaimed Materials – Urbanite On Steroids

Nicholas Burtner visits Elijah Santoyo in a suburb or Los Angeles and gets rocked by some amazing implementation of urban design. You will definitely want to know how to get that natural patina stone look using urbanite, which we affectionately dub “Urbanite on Steroids”. Elijah explains it in this video. Learn more at —-[…]


Permaculture Tip of the Day – Turning a Waste Stream into a Beautiful Home

Nicholas Burtner visits Guner Tautrim and gets a tour of his beautiful home made mostly from timber that the city cuts down and disposes due to clearing or the species is deemed invasive. A truly gorgeous work of practical, responsible, inexpensive, and aesthetically pleasing design. Contact Guner at or Facebook Seaborn Designs ~We greatly[…]


Edge Effect: Tools for bridging communications gaps

In our efforts to empower large-scale land restoration and effect cultural transformation to a society of earth repair and stewardship, we must educate, inspire, and engage. To accomplish this, we must form a connection between ourselves and our audiences. We need to create a space with a consistency of purpose, a compatible language, and a[…]

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Permaculture Tip of the Day – Are Pallets Poisonous?

Nicholas Burtner searches through a few stacks of used pallets (with permission of course) and gives a very timely and practical tip on which pallets to use and which pallets to stay clear of – especially if using in the garden. ~We greatly appreciate your shares and likes. If you found something useful, please share.[…]

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Permaculture Tip of the Day – Gravity Fed “Dark” Gray Water System

Gray water is typically any waste water that is used other than the toilet and kitchen sink water. Dark gray water is the same but inclusive with the water that drains from kitchen sink. Nicholas Burtner is in Victoria, BC, Canada with the amazing Ann and Gord Baird on their off grid established homestead showing[…]