Permaculture in the Islamic World: The Dire Need to Get Involved!

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A Dead Sea Valley family home with their typical front ‘lawn’ (Photo © Craig Mackintosh) Looking at the state of the Islamic World these days, it seems like Muslims don’t really care much about the environment. Canals which carry Nile water to irrigate farmlands in Egypt are so full of rubbish they frequently get blocked… Read more »

English-Arabic Bilingual PDC at the Greening the Desert Sequel Site, Jordan, with Alex McCausland and Salah Hammad – Begins April 19, 2014

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The Jordan Valley Permaculture Proejct (aka ‘Greening the Desert – the Sequel’) in November 2013 This PDC follows the standard accredited 72-hour design course syllabus with running translation into Arabic. All written materials will also be translated. The course covers in detail the ecological basis of Permaculture design, the ethics, the principles of design, strategies… Read more »

Report on a Permaculture Internship – Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge (Sept-Oct, 2013, Ethiopia)

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Editor’s Note: Beginning 2 December 2013, Alex is running another PDC at the developing Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge in southern Ethiopia. Following that will be a four-week Internship, starting 16 December, 2013. Why not book your place and head off for the learning and cultural immersion experience of a lifetime! This is a write up… Read more »

Report on Permaculture Training in Dembe Dollo, Western Ethiopia (Part 3)

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This is part three of a report on a community training program we ran in Dembe Dolo, Wolega, Eastern Ethiopia back in June, 2013. If you didn’t catch the last installments you can read them here: Part 1, Part 2. If you recall we started the training program off with introductions from the group and… Read more »

Report on Permaculture Training in Dembe Dollo, Western Ethiopia (Part 2)

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Continuing from: Report on Permaculture Training in Dembe Dollo, Western Ethiopia (Part 1) Community trainings in the third world present a bit of a different set of challenges from your average western group. The community members often have quite a wealth of indigenous knowledge on the methods and the species of the area – they… Read more »

Report on Permaculture Training in Dembe Dollo, Western Ethiopia (Part 1)

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It was the beginning of June this year and we were off on another exciting permaculture adventure in Ethiopia. This time we would be heading into the west. I was contacted last year by Gemma Pilcher, an Australian lady who supports a small food security project run by some Catholic nuns from Daughters of Charity,… Read more »

PRI Konso, South Ethiopia to Run Two PDC-Internship Combos This Coming September-October and December-January

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PDC, September 2013 4-week Internship, Sept/Oct 2013 PDC, December 2013 4-week Internship, Dec/Jan 2013/14 Strawberry Fields Eco-Lodge is pleased to announce we are running our 29th and 30th PDCs in September and December 2013 and a 4-week Internship to follow each, at our educational, demonstration site in South Ethiopia. We are based in Konso, a… Read more »

PRI Accredited 72h Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Plus 4-Week Internship Courses: Konso, Ethiopia (September, 2013)

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This 13-day practical and demonstrative PDC will take place in Konso, south Ethiopia, from September 2nd to 14th, 2013, at Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge. It has a focus on application of Permaculture to communities in the developing world; however as a PRI accredited PDC the syllabus covers all the major topics in Mollison’s Designer’s Manual… Read more »

Pioneering Permaculture in Ethiopia

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Pioneering is an essential function in the establishment of eco-systems. It refers to the initial colonisation of previously uninhabited habitat by a class of species (‘pioneers’) which are specially adapted to living in the harsh conditions of an otherwise uninhabited environment. Pioneers are generally short lived with small and abundant seed and have long range… Read more »

Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge: Kitchen Grey-Water System Report of Implementation and Design Update (Ethiopia)

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As most of us know, grey water is a term used to refer to “waste” water that has been used once in any domestic system except for toilets (which is referred to as black water). However grey water from the kitchen may be considered as “dark grey” water on account of the fact that it… Read more »

Seeking Support for Worthy African Participants to Attend PDC and Internship in Konso, Ethiopia in April-May 2013

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Editor’s Note: As many of you know, we (the PRI) seek to spread permaculture take-up to all people everywhere, but a main focus, as we are able to finance it, is to help establish and support self-replicating permaculture demonstration/education sites in some of the world’s neediest regions. Many of you will have followed Alex’s noble… Read more »

Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge: Report on Piped-Water System, Current Status and Design Update (Ethiopia)

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We are an eco-lodge and Permaculture training centre based in Konso, south Ethiopia. Water Source Our only current water source for potable water and garden irrigation is the Konso Town municipal supply, which is drawn from a bore-hole situated just across the road from our site entrance. The supply facility is a manned pumping station… Read more »