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Letters from New Zealand – a Permaculture Food Forest in the Far South

The home of Robert and Robyn Guyton stands amidst an abundance of food All photos © Craig Mackintosh Robyn Guyton stands in the Zone 5 area of her food forest Riverton is a quaint little windswept fishing settlement on the far-south coastline of New Zealand’s beautiful South Island (map). As well as being one of the southernmost inhabited towns in the world, and one of New Zealand’s oldest European settlements, […]

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Thanks For Your Patience

A little (no more than 2cms long!) tree frog adds to the diversity of Zaytuna Farm Photos © Craig Mackintosh It’s been a rewarding time here at Zaytuna Farm. I’ve been busy taking footage, and a few photos too (like our little friend above — and thanks to eagle-eyed Geoff for spotting him). Thanks for your patience over the last few weeks, while postings have been a little more intermittant […]

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Life at Zaytuna – Another Internship Coming to an End

Geoff Lawton, above the PRI’s Zaytuna Farm Photos © Craig Mackintosh Some of you may have noticed I’ve been a little intermittant in my (visible) work for you all of late…. I thought I’d better let you know I’m still alive and well, and that the reason for my tardiness in posting is due to travelling. I’m now, as the photo above indicates, at the PRI’s Zaytuna Farm, working on […]

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A Quick Pictorial Look at the PRI Maungaraeeda, Sunshine Coast (Queensland, Australia)

The top valley dam, nestled amongst rainforest All photographs © Craig Mackintosh After Geoff’s Urban Permaculture talk at the Noosa Permaculture Group meeting on March 21, 2013 (watch for the video, which I’ll upload in about a month from now), we headed a few kilometres north, to the Permaculture Research Institute Maungaraeeda, Sunshine Coast, where Tom and Zaia Kendall kindly put us up for the night. It was a great […]

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SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods) Turns Problem into Solution With Composting Toilets (Haiti)

A few months ago I shared a three minute video from John D. Liu of the EEMP about the work of SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods) — an organisation that’s doing great work in Haiti to improve sanitation in a sustainable and affordable way, whilst simultaneously turning the problem (human waste) into a solution (improving agricultural production whilst reducing the incidence of diseases like cholera). John has just sent me […]

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Put Your Questions to the Experts, Round 4b: Geoff Lawton

Geoff Lawton at the Zaytuna Farm entrance Photo © Craig Mackintosh This is Part B of the fourth installment in our popular Q&A series. In case you didn’t catch it on previous occasions, we added a new sub-forum titled ‘Put Your Questions to the Experts!‘, where our forum members put their questions to experienced permaculturists we’ll approach over the weeks and months ahead. First up to be the target of […]

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Put Your Questions to the Experts, Round 4a: Geoff Lawton

This is the fourth installment in our popular Q&A series. In case you didn’t catch it on previous occasions, we added a new sub-forum titled ‘Put Your Questions to the Experts!‘, where our forum members put their questions to experienced permaculturists we’ll approach over the weeks and months ahead. First up to be the target of our combined curiosities and the salve of our perplexities, is the PRI’s own Geoff […]

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Ridge to Valley – a Holistic Watershed Perspective

This excellent little 20-minute video does a great job of covering the basics of watershed management and landscape rehydration. You won’t hear the words ‘permaculture’ or ‘swales’ once, but it’s clear that both are in use here, to great effect. If we can get these simple but profound concepts driven into social consciousness, and applied broadscale, we would see that investment in labour pay dividends, as many of our increasingly […]

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Food For Thought – Permaculture in Schools (South Africa)

http://www.youtube.com/embed/1iJKQUX7E5M Watch the video above, and be inspired. I suspect that if many of our schools had been incorporating this kind of permaculture education over the last few decades, the world would today be in a far better situation, as many of the adults and young adults of the present generation would now already be eco-literate doers and changers. But, let’s not talk about what could have been, but instead […]

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A Maasai Tribesman Brings Permaculture to Kenya

On my last visit to Zaytuna Farm, in May 2012, I had the great pleasure of meeting Joseph Lentenyoi, the lead person behind the establishment of PRI Kenya. We sponsored Joseph by covering his flights and putting him through our 10-week Internship, to help him get permaculture systems on the ground in Kenya and beyond. You’ll meet Joseph and hear this thoughts and learn a little about some of his […]

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