Rhamis Kent

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Rhamis Kent is a consultant with formal training in mechanical engineering (University of Delaware, B.S.M.E. ’95) and permaculture-based regenerative whole systems design. He has previously worked for the renowned American inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen at DEKA Research & Development, with subsequent engineering work ranging from medical device research and development to aerospace oriented mechanical design. After taking an interest in the design science of Permaculture, he sought extended training with permaculture expert and educator Geoff Lawton at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia. This led to his involvement with design work connected to the development of Masdar City in UAE after Mr. Lawton and his consulting company (Permaculture Sustainable Consultancy Pty. Ltd.) were contracted by AECOM/EDAW to identify solutions which fit the challenging zero emissions/carbon neutral design constraint of the project.

PDC in Koh Phangan, Thailand at Phangan Earthworks

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Since 2011, I’ve been regularly teaching permaculture design courses at a place called Phangan Earthworks on the island of Koh Phangan, one of the Gulf Islands in the southern portion of the Gulf of Thailand. It’s a bit of a schizophrenic place – people are typically travelling there for yoga retreats (to get their minds & bodies together) or the monthly Full Moon party (to indulge in lots of alcohol and bad club music).

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10th Day at the 2015 PDC Course in Altamura and Some Good Idea’s for the Future

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The Permaculture Research Insitutute’s Rhamis Kent and former WWoofer Ignazio Schettini, on day ten of a PDC they are teaching in Altamura, have a brief to camera candid discussion about the PDC and their thoughts for the future. One interesting thought point is, “How do people in different countries, with the same climatic zone, solve the same problem?”. For more articles from Rhamis Kent, Please see the below links. Reflections […]

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A Chance to Dig For Permaculture Gold in Tasmania With Ringo (Earthworks Courses, February 2015)

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I first met Paul ‘Ringo’ Kean sometime during the early portion of 2009 while staying at Zaytuna Farm. That year, we had the good fortune of being given the opportunity to take a number of courses being offered with both Geoff Lawton and Paul Taylor as instructors. From my time becoming acquainted with Ringo – and in particular, his professional background working as an earthmover in the mining industry – […]

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Take a PDC with Rhamis Kent in Marrakesh, Morocco (December 22, 2014 – January 5, 2015)

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We will be running a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course between December 22nd to January 5th, 2015! This 15-Day intensive course follows the standard accredited 72-hour course and will include several hands-on sessions including making Bio-vital compost, bio fertilizer, actively aerated compost tea, vegetable beds and organic gardening, land surveying, natural building and much more! This course is in English only — there will be no translation. The course will […]

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An Embarrassment for Both Yale University and the New York Times: “To Save the Planet, Don’t Plant Trees”

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Dr. Nadine Unger, an assistant professor of atmospheric chemistry at Yale, had an op-ed published in the Opinion Pages of the September 19, 2014 edition of the New York Times. Both the title of her piece and its analysis of the article’s focus — climate change — have drawn quite a response, as one would imagine. I don’t have much to add other than asking for those interested to review […]

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More Thinking Out Loud About Earth Repair Tools: The Agricultural Specification Unimog

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Continuing with the theme of my last piece, another ideal potential equipment platform is the agricultural spec’d Unimog, manufactured by Mercedes-Benz. These are highly versatile and very reliable vehicles equipped with capabilities typically associated with tractors — namely 3-point linkages, PTOs (Power Take Offs), and hydraulics. Just as with the tractor, a broad array of implements may be used for the purpose of repairing degraded landscapes.

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TERA (Tracked Earth Repair Apparatus) For Large Scale Earth Repair

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“Mechanized labour” in the form of earthmoving equipment, tractors, and the myriad attachments that may be utilized in conjunction with their use provide us with an amazing opportunity to perform a great deal of beneficial work. They help in rapidly establishing efforts to reverse land degradation and desertification on a grand scale. It’s an immense job requiring considerable work input. Given the urgent importance of undertaking this activity, finding the […]

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Soil Carbon Cowboys – Case Studies in Holistic Management (video)

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Meet Allen Williams, Gabe Brown and Neil Dennis — heroes and innovators! These ranchers now know how to regenerate their soils while making their animals healthier and their operations more profitable. They are turning on their soils, enabling rainwater to sink into the earth, rather than run off. And these turned on soils retain that water, so the ranches are much more resilient in drought. It’s an amazing story that […]

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3D Orthographic Mapping

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As designers, trainers and practitioners we’re always looking for tools that will help in realizing our design visions. One of the relatively recent developments that allows for the transfer of these ideas from our minds onto landscape is the emergence of 3D orthographic mapping software used in conjunction with drones.

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Permaculture and Ecosystem Restoration: Interview with Rhamis Kent (podcast)

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Malaysian radio station, BFM, spoke to Rhamis Kent, a Permaculture / Ecosystem Restoration Consultant and Educator, about the rapid growing interest in sustainable development and permaculture. Rhamis shares with us his experiences working on a number of different permaculture projects across the world from Somalia and Yemen to Jordan. He also discusses his hope to bring to the attention of the investment community an aspect of the emerging sustainable economy […]

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Antifragile Epiphanies: Reflections from Caux

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I had the pleasure of making a recent return visit to Switzerland for the Caux Forum for Human Security’s Dialogue on Land and Security. This was first held as a single full-day event on July 15, 2011. It was titled Restoring Earth’s Degraded Land, featuring a number of great speakers and presenters including UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja, former UK Secretary of State for International Development Clare Short, “The Man […]

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