Tony Rinaudo: “Against the odds: Reversing desertification in arid and semi arid lands” (IPC Presentation – Video)

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Animal Forage, Biodiversity, Community Projects, Conferences, Deforestation, Food Forests, Food Plants - Annual, Food Plants - Perennial, Food Shortages, Global Warming/Climate Change, Health & Disease, Land, Medicinal Plants, Nurseries & Propogation, Plant Systems, Presentations/Demonstrations, Regional Water Cycle, Seeds, Soil Rehabilitation, Trees.

Tony Rinaudo’s IPC10 conference presentation was one of the highlights of the event for three good reasons — 1) because of the scale of impact his Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) work has achieved (more than 30,000 km² of re-greened, regenerated land to date); 2) the utter simplicity — and thus doability — of this… Read more »

The Underground Forest: Using Biodiversity to Help People

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Animal Forage, Community Projects, Deforestation, Food Forests, Food Plants - Annual, Food Plants - Perennial, Land, Medicinal Plants, Nurseries & Propogation, Plant Systems, Seeds, Soil Rehabilitation, Trees.

by Harry Byrne Wykman One of the highlights of the tenth International Permaculture Convergence was meeting Tony Rinaudo of World Vision Australia. Tony is a living example of the posture required for the development of truly regenerative systems. Tony has come to see patterns of people, plants and landscape which allow deserts to grow trees… Read more »

Permaculture Successes in a Zimbabwean Community

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Building, Community Projects, Eco-Villages, Irrigation, Land, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Soil Rehabilitation, Village Development, Water Contaminaton & Loss, Water Harvesting.

by Monika Goforth and Terry Leahy, University of Newcastle, Australia To use permaculture lingo, Chikukwa can be described as a real edge, both in terms of ecology, culture and language, and the edge effect has certainly produced something rich. The community here has a sense of being both somewhat innocent and progressive at the same… Read more »

From the Mara Soil – a Film About Simple and Natural Solutions to Poverty, Hunger and Disease

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Building, Community Projects, Demonstration Sites, Energy Systems, Food Forests, Food Shortages, Health & Disease, Land, Medicinal Plants, Society, Soil Rehabilitation, Village Development, Waste Systems & Recycling.

What if global hunger, poverty and disease could be solved with resources already at our disposal? A film directed by Steve Schrenzel It was a pleasure to meet Tara Blasco and Lyn Hebenstreit at the Tenth International Permaculture Conference (IPC10) in Jordan this month. Tara and Lyn have been deeply involved in a Tanzanian success… Read more »

Two New School Permaculture Projects for Ethiopia

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Community Projects, Education Centres, Food Forests, Irrigation, Land, Plant Systems, Water Conservation, Water Harvesting.

by Geraldine Quinlan, from Ireland, a new intern at the Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge in Ethiopia 1. Gocha In the morning we visited Gocha Primary School. Before starting work together Tichafa gathered everyone in the classroom. He spoke about the importance of growing food for independence from food aid and eventually to sell at the… Read more »

Food Forest Workshop at the PRI’s Zaytuna Farm – September 21-23, 2011

Posted by & filed under Courses/Workshops, Food Forests, Food Plants - Perennial, Land, Medicinal Plants, Plant Systems, Trees.

The 3-day Food Forest Workshop at the PRI’s Zaytuna Farm, starting September 21st, is drawing near. Book now to secure your place. This Black Sapote (sometimes called chocolate pudding fruit) sits in a pool of light coming through foliage of surrounding support species One of the main concepts of Permaculture is that of growing perennial… Read more »

Jordan Valley Permaculture Project – August 2011 Photo Update

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Demonstration Sites, Education Centres, Irrigation, Land, Livestock, Plant Systems, Soil Rehabilitation, Urban Projects, Waste Systems & Recycling.

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

Posted by & filed under Building, Commercial Farm Projects, Community Projects, Dams, Demonstration Sites, Food Forests, Food Plants - Annual, Food Plants - Perennial, Irrigation, Land, Plant Systems, Soil Rehabilitation, Swales, Terraces, Village Development, Water Harvesting.

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

Posted by & filed under Animal Forage, Land, Livestock, Plant Systems, Soil Rehabilitation, Trees.

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)

Posted by & filed under Biodiversity, Food Forests, Food Plants - Annual, Food Plants - Perennial, Global Warming/Climate Change, Land, Plant Systems, Regional Water Cycle, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Soil Rehabilitation, Trees, Water Contaminaton & Loss.

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

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Aquaculture, Biological Cleaning, Community Projects, Courses/Workshops, Demonstration Sites, Education Centres, Irrigation, Land, Village Development, Waste Systems & Recycling, Water Conservation.

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 »