Jordan Valley Permaculture Project – August 2011 Photo Update

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Latifa inspects project development from a unique vantage point It’s been just over a year since I’ve visited the Jordan Valley Permaculture Project (aka ‘Greening the Desert – the Sequel’) site, and I’m keen to check out progress when I visit next month (September 2011). In the meantime, Geoff, who is in Jordan now to… Read more »

Sandot Sukkaew’s Tacomepai Farm (Thailand): A 20-Year-Old Permaculture Project

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Sandot Sukkaew explains the difference between his own organic rice paddies and the chemically-treated ones in the background. As the forests were felled, the life-giving water disappeared – Thai farmer Sandot Sukkaew made that critical connection decades ago while laboring in the mud of his father’s rice paddies, and he’s spent the past 20 years… Read more »

The Tree that Hides the Prairie

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On permaculture, vegetarianism, grasses and tree fetishism Cow on Zaytuna Farm Photo © Craig Mackintosh Meat and livestock farming are not praised by a lot of environmental activists. Meat production stands accused of stealing food from the mouths of the poor in two-thirds world countries, driving climate change, and being resource consuming. For example, the… Read more »

Agroforestry/Alleycropping (Video)

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Looking for a transitional form of agriculture as we try to wean ourselves off fossil-fuel based farming systems into smaller scaled, localised and sustainable ways of providing for ourselves? Enter, alleycropping — the practice of planting rows of trees (ideally on contour) through fields to create alleys, or corridors, of alternating trees and ground crops.

Permaculture in Nyumbani Village, the Birth of PRI Kenya, and a New Course With Warren Brush

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Nyumbani Village, which is a program of the Children of God Relief Institute (COGRI) caring for both HIV infected and affected children, aims to establish a self-sustaining, community-based residential village serving children orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS. This is being achieved through providing a family like settling where the orphans are under stewardship of… Read more »

Shifting to Community-Scale Food Thinking

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This week I received all our yearly seed catalogs, and, as usual, started planning feverishly. How many is too many weird and wonderful heirloom watermelon varieties? And then I paused. Wait a minute, we’re aiming for community scale in our vegetable production this year. This shifts the goalposts entirely. I’m now realizing that, for our… Read more »

The Business of Consultation – David Spicer & Nick Huggins Out on the Job

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by Nick Huggins I just purchased a farm in the New South Wales Southern Tablelands, 30min south of Goulburn and 50min east of Canberra, the Australian Capital, and a good friend of mine and of permaculture, David Spicer, has set his sights on the development of his consultancy business in the town of Tumut at… Read more »

A Lesson from the Cheonggyecheon Stream Restoration Project

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This Korean tale of an ancient stream which got paved over to make a freeway, before becoming a nightmare of congestion and stress for inhabitants, and then being painstakingly restored, at great expense, back into a stream and pedestrian zone again, is an excellent case for permaculture observation, planning, ethics and design. A little history… Read more »

Landscape Design Challenge

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Have you got what it takes to create an award winning garden for under $1,500? The ABC Gardening Australia Expo is looking for talented landscapers, garden designers or students to work within a $1500 budget to create a 3m x 6m garden. All successful applicants will have their garden on display for thousands of people… Read more »

Sustainable Agriculture and Off-Grid Renewable Energy

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Small integrated farms with off-grid renewable energy may be the perfect solution to the food and financial crisis while mitigating and adapting to climate change by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho Note: A fully referenced and illustrated version of this report is posted on ISIS members’ website and also available for download here. A Sarvodaya villager sells… Read more »

Water is life! – Tamera is Creating a Model for Renaturation of Dry Regions

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by Tamera, Portugal The Tamera water landscape is a model and an educational project for natural water management and the renaturation of damaged landscapes all over the world and a basis for forestation, horticulture and agriculture in regions threatened by desertification. It is a globally adaptable model which can be applied in all regions in… Read more »