Geoff Lawton

Website | Facebook | Twitter

Geoff Lawton is a world renowned Permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. He first took his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course in 1983 with Bill Mollison the founder of Permaculture. Geoff has undertaken thousands of jobs teaching, consulting, designing, administering and implementing, in 6 continents and close to 50 countries around the world. Clients have included private individuals, groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, non-government organisations and multinational companies under the not-for-profit organisation.

In 1996 Geoff was accredited with the Permaculture Community Services Award by the Permaculture movement for services in Australia and around the world.

Geoff’s official website is GeoffLawtonOnline.com. Geoff’s Facebook profile can be found here.

Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Masterclass – 5 Acre Abundance on a Budget!

Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 3.41.23 pm

Geoff Lawton, with Zaytuna Farm behind (upper left). I’ve been staggered by the reaction to my latest video I put up on the weekend; Permaculture Masterclass – 5 Acre Abundance on a Budget!. Over 500 comments, with most people telling me it’s my best video yet. If you haven’t seen it, check it out. We hit the design wall on a 5 acre cow paddock and redesigned it with 7 […]

Read More >
Shares Comments

Free Permaculture Videos: “5 Acre Abundance on a Budget” is LIVE!

Master-feature

Geoff here again. When the USA Army Core of Engineers wanted to re-design the 15,000 acre Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant into an eco-industrial park, they asked me to help. When AECOM, a fortune 500 Civil Engineering company that turns over 8 Billion a year, wanted to do a sustainable design for the 18 Billion Dollar Masdar City in Dubai, they again called on me to consult for them. Permaculture design […]

Read More >
Shares Comments

Straw Building Passes Quake Test

Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 3.54.14 pm

After Pakistan was devastated by an earthquake in 2005, Darcey Donovan, an engineer in California, pursued designs for quake-resistant homes using local materials. The result was a straw-bale building. It withstood substantial shaking in tests at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Read More >
Shares Comments

Food MythBusters – Do We Really Need Industrial Agriculture to Feed the World? (video)

Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 3.55.42 pm

Further Reading: A Farm for the Future (BBC video) The Rodale Institute’s 30-Year Farming Systems Trial Report Biodiverse Systems are More Productive The Food Crisis: “A Perfect Storm” – and How to Turn the Tide Orchestrating Famine – a Must-Read Backgrounder on the Food Crisis Food Futures Now – Feeding People & Place Without Fossil Fuels The Looming Food Crisis and the ‘Food 2030′ Report The Story of Soil A […]

Read More >
Shares Comments

Ecological Engineering Modeled on Nature – Geoff Lawton at TEDx San Francisco

Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 4.00.02 pm

Ecological Engineering Modeled on Nature: Geoff Lawton at TEDxMission Geoff Lawton is a permaculture consultant, designer, and teacher. Since 1995 he has specialized in permaculture education, design, implementation, system establishment, administration and community development. In 1996 he was accredited with the Permaculture Community Services Award by the permaculture movement for services in Australia and around the world. Lawton’s aim is to establish self-replicating educational demonstration sites. He has currently educated […]

Read More >
Shares Comments

How To Survive the Coming Crises (free Geoff Lawton video)

Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 4.13.17 pm

At time of writing, our Zaytuna Farm Video Tour video has had almost 11,000 views, after only six months. A lot of people expressed their appreciation for this video, with some describing it as a "free DVD". Where we can, we want to provide more inspirational/instructional material for free, and today I’m writing to let you know about our latest effort towards fulfilling this goal. How to Survive the Coming […]

Read More >
Shares Comments

Arts Factory Backpackers – Photo Update

Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 4.05.07 pm

I was visiting Byron Bay on my last Sunday off in conditions where we have had a large amount of rain and some very unsettled weather with lots of storms. With the winds from the north, the surf conditions where very messy and unfavorable, as also were the fishing conditions, the sea was really unsettled and a lot of fresh water was flowing into the ocean. So, I instead took […]

Read More >
Shares Comments

O-Farm Community Gardens, Hong Kong

Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 4.06.33 pm

O-Farm Hong Kong is championed by PDC graduate Yip Tsz Shing. It is a wonderful community garden where very small spaces, just a few metres (8 square metres on average), are rented by Hong Kong residents. Some may travel up to an hour and a half each way to come and garden fresh organic food and have social interaction with other community gardeners.

Read More >
Shares Comments

Chinese Salt Water Fish Ponds

Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 4.17.29 pm

Like the Hawaiian salt water fish ponds, there are some traditional Chinese salt water fish ponds that work very well. Many of these have been modernised into fishing and angling ponds to capitalise on the urban population, but when you look into the traditional systems there are some very interesting variations.

Read More >
Shares Comments

Options for Alternative Buildings

Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 4.19.15 pm

Here we are looking at options for building alternative structures, especially small buildings for the suburbs which can accommodate people in a sustainable way in urban gardens. Small buildings made of natural materials like rammed earth, cob and straw bale with bamboo, timber, tile, slate and small stone inclusions, can all be built by hand in small urban permaculture gardens that provide good human food and sanctuary.

Read More >
Shares Comments

Design Exercises in Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Courses

PDC-All-Year

Melbourne PDC Design Photo © Craig Mackintosh It is standard format, in the PDC curriculum, that students are given an exercise to design a landscape with a design brief so they can make the move into design while being mentored by their Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) teacher. This is not a test but an exercise, enabling students to make the first step into design while still taking part in the […]

Read More >
Shares Comments

Community Gardens Visited and Observed: Veggie Village in Peregian Beach

Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 4.20.18 pm

Community gardens are a very valuable demonstration of how a community can grow its own food, provide its own power, harvest its own water from roofs and build appropriate buildings and infrastructure. They are a wonderful element in the community and permaculture people all over the world should support community gardens in all their forms. An interesting observation is that often a community has already used all of the most […]

Read More >
Shares Comments