Geoff Lawton

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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.

Advanced Solar, and Independence, at PRI’s Zaytuna Farm

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Zaytuna Farm, home of the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia, sets up an advanced solar electric system to demonstrate the best example of stand-alone solar electric power we can find. Here at Zaytuna Farm we have endeavored to demonstrate the efficiency and advantage of a stand alone power system. This is especially relevant now in times when large areas of Australia, and elsewhere, for that matter, have been flooded. Everyone […]

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Saudi Arabian Philippines (with Tropical Desert Possibilities) – Discovering the Cultural Edges

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A Filipino garden — in Saudi Arabia! Working in Saudi Arabia on a large project, in this case the Al-Baydha project, involving Bedouin People who have been resettled into villages for the past 20-30 years, is an interesting broad landscape affair as it covers about 700km2 and 9 villages. The culture of Bedouin rangeland management, with large herds of animals moving across the landscape, has been a stable culture that […]

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Constructing a Fishpond Dam

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The spillway that sets the height of the water and allows for passive discharge of surplus water during large rainfall events We can build a dam to serve specifically as a fish pond and which can be designed to be more productive for aquaculture systems generally, compared with stocking an existing farm dam with fish. As most of the production occurs in the upper levels of water, a depth of […]

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Gabions: Water Soaks in the Desert

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Gabions are one of the crucial feature elements of dry land landscape water harvesting design. A gabion is a leaky rock dam wall built in a wadi, valley canyon or water flow, at a point where there would be a reasonable amount of water caught if there was a dam wall in the same position, but the gabion instead leaks through the rocks, slowly releasing a steady flow of water […]

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Permaculture in Mecca

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Geoff Lawton reports from a consultation trip to what will become the Al Bayda Project, Saudi Arabia The Al Bayda Project in Saudi Arabia aims to help rehabilitate a large area of land, roughly 35 x 20kms (700km2 in total) containing 9 villages of Bedouin people who have been settled for 20-30 years in very basic conditions. The main mission is to develop a sustainable design demonstration system for how […]

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Jordan Valley Permaculture Project – November 2010 Update

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The Jordan Valley Permaculture Project (aka ‘Greening the Desert – the Sequel’) in Al Jawaseri in the Dead Sea Valley (lowest place on earth), continues to develop as we gradually fund the project into action with our own permaculture education programs, volunteers and funding from Muslim Aid Australia and Kids are Sweet of Wisconsin, USA. The male and female shower and compost toilet block is now reaching completion using a […]

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Piped Swale Crossings

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Permaculture is a connecting system between disciplines and elements in a matrix of design, and swales are a mainframe element. The efficiency of swales is that they can interrupt water surface flow high in a landscape where it is then infiltrated relatively quickly, on contour, and moves incredibly slowly through the landscape soil and subsoil profiles. This becomes a great advantage to the potential productivity of any property, especially a […]

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How to Establish a Small Space Intensive Food Garden

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Editor’s Note: This post is a good reminder to ensure you take good before, during and after photos as you implement projects! Case studies like this become an awesome portfolio for yourselves, and help people to see the practical potential in permaculture. It can be totally inspiring, and help get people moving on the ground! Case Study – Noela’s Garden, as installed by Geoff and Nadia Lawton This is a […]

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How to Make an Egg Mobile

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So, we wanted to make an egg mobile for egg laying chickens to follow behind our dairy cows and fertilise the pasture while scratching the manure that the cows leave behind. The chickens also leave behind their own manure whilst free ranging across pasture. This technique allows the chickens to supplement their diet and produce some good eggs for us to enjoy. So, first we started off with a 6 […]

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Permaculture “Your Way To Sustainable Living”

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by Geoff Lawton, first published in Veritas Magazine. Permaculture is a design science that applies design to the way humanity needs to supply itself with its requirement to live sustainably and in a way that actually enhances the environment. So, the principles of permaculture turn the footprint of humanity into the most beneficial footprint on earth rather than the most damaging footprint. And that’s how nature works. Permaculture’s principles come […]

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Peters Lawton’s Rocket Pot and Rocket Rack System

Peter’s Lawton’s Rocket Pot and Rocket Rack system is an incredible new innovation in nursery systems. I believe the Rocket Pot system is incredibly innovative, and the best nursery tree growing system that I have ever come across anywhere in the world. This system is something that I support because the trees grow healthier and more quickly, and with an abundant root zone. The roots actually grow in an untangled […]

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The New Permaculture Research Institute 10-Week Internship Program

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At Zaytuna Farm here in NSW, Australia, we have been running a few variations of internships over the years, mostly on a very casual basis. The interest and enquiries continue to grow – especially focused on the need to gain experience as quickly as possible so that students, after taking the Permaculture Design Certificate course, can move into a professional permaculture career in design, consultancy and teaching in both international […]

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