Touring the Cedars of Lebanon

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Daniel Halsey, shows you the home of sustainable forestry for a thousand years, Lebanon has a history of foreign occupation, only matched by its resilient ability to maintain its resources in spite of political and social oppression. Imagine trees coppiced every 80 years, not annually or every few years. That takes dedication to long term… Read more »

Beneficial Habitat: Beetle Banks

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Large expanses and widening fields for crop production have substantially limited the access of beneficial insects to field crop prey. The ecological services provided by naturally occurring pest predators is increasingly impeded spatially as the fields grow. The field edges, being the over-wintering and refuge for beneficial insects, are the primary source of conservation pest… Read more »

North American Permaculture Convergence 2014

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by Daniel Halsey North America’s first convergence may not have had the flash of a renaissance festival, but the content of the presentations and conversations eclipsed even the intermittent thunderstorms and driving rain. Brilliant minds, diplomatic discourse, and energy. The 2014 North American convergence was held at Harmony Park in southern Minnesota, USA. Attendees at… Read more »

The Natural Capital Plant Database

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by Daniel Halsey The database is working very well and I encourage all permaculture designers to try it out. Especially the spreadsheet download. Let me know if you would like free access for a time to try it out. The Natural Capitalâ„¢ Plant Database is a repository of plant information for ecological design. Our partner… Read more »

Aesthetics and the New Culture, Permaculture

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by Daniel Halsey Illustration: Cecilia Macaulay Aesthetic: a branch of philosophy dealing with the nature of beauty, art, and taste and with the creation and appreciation of beauty. — Merriam-Webster Since the permaculture design process, or any design process, is influenced by the designer’s personal values, we need to assess our aesthetic defaults. We need… Read more »

Fascine, Revetments, and Wattle Hurdle

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by Daniel Halsey This year I have been in Haiti after a downgraded hurricane, and then in New Jersey a week after Sandy. While in New Jersey two tornadoes passed by my old house. What do they have in common? In each case water was being limited in its flow by developement or the removal… Read more »