Category: Land

Swale Pathways (Tasmania, Australia)

by Good Life Permaculture Diagram of a traditional swale system Hobart is Australia’s second driest capital city (Adelaide’s first) so catching and storing water is often on my mind. Annually we get approximately 615mm, most of which arrives in the cooler months in and around Winter. During Summer our soils will dry out so ferociously that some soil types (including ours) will form cracks big enough to stick your hand […]

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Advanced Cell Grazing with Geoff Lawton

Trailer only – watch full video here! Last year on Permaculture News there was an excellent article on Advanced Cell Grazing by Nick Burtner who documents the circular cattle lane-way on Geoff Lawton’s 66 acre Zaytuna Farm. Geoff devised a system of easy to install temporary electric-fenced cattle lane-ways that lead to over 38 grazing cells on his farm — small plots of grazing land where cattle could be kept […]

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Biological Carpeting

Biological Carpeting is a method introduced to us by Rodger Savory of Savory Grassland Management. Rodger is the son of Holistic Management founder Allan Savory and managed the African Centre for Holistic Management’s research station at Dimbangombe, Zimbabwe for six years. At our home and training site, Rosella Waters on the Atherton Tablelands in northern Queensland, Australia, we soon realized that we lived on pretty marginal land and what would […]

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Making Swales with a Tractor and Loader

by Dale Bunger Just a quick update to show how I have been making swales with a small Kubota and front end loader. First I start by laying out the path of the swale with my trusty A-frame level. I built this A-frame so the legs would be 5′ apart and I stick in a flag every time I move it across the ground. This allows me to easily measure […]

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Permaculture in the Islamic World: The Dire Need to Get Involved!

A Dead Sea Valley family home with their typical front ‘lawn’ (Photo © Craig Mackintosh) Looking at the state of the Islamic World these days, it seems like Muslims don’t really care much about the environment. Canals which carry Nile water to irrigate farmlands in Egypt are so full of rubbish they frequently get blocked up, stagnate and spread disease. The once-mighty river Jordan has been so diminished in these […]

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Reversing Desertification with Gabions

Trailer only – watch full video here! Gabions are rocks and small boulders packed into a wire basket to combat soil erosion on the side of steep slopes. But to Geoff Lawton, they are more commonly used to pacify storm water in a flash flood event and to build soil in strategic locations in the Middle East. They can even be used to reverse desertification in dry lands and be […]

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Wake up Before it is Too Late – Make Agriculture Truly Sustainable Now for Food Security in a Changing Climate

Click to download (5mb PDF) In late September of last year (2013) the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) put out the latest in their Trade and Environment Review series — titled Wake up Before it is Too Late: Make Agriculture Truly Sustainable Now for Food Security in a Changing Climate. Alert readers may already be aware of this document — as it was the springboard for a […]

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Keyline Design as an Organizing Pattern for Permaculture Design, Part 3 (Sweden)

This is the third of a series of articles looking at design considerations for our Cold Climate Permaculture site using the Keyline Scale of Permanence as a organizing framework, as well as an informative read for anyone interested.

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The Power of Bamboo (video)

Geoff Lawton inside a protective wall of bamboo Bamboo. A lot of people love it. A lot of people hate it. Where are you on the bamboo bandwagon? Are you a lover or a fighter? Well, I remember my father making me cut out a line of running black bamboo with a blunt spade which had taken off down our suburban street and was on its way to engulfing our […]

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A Look at Crystal Waters Ecovillage

This is an introduction to Crystal Waters, covering permaculture design, innovative housing design, intentional community living and land restoration. Crystal Waters is situated in rural southeast Queensland, Australia. Filmed in 2001-2002.

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Making a Terrace Garden, Part II

Photos by David Ashwanden Readers requested more pictures to make it easier to understand the steps I took to create my terrace garden. Having scoured my photo collection for a more clarifying portrayal of what my terrace garden looked like, I can only find examples of another terrace garden, built on more or less the same principles but with a slightly different emphasis. Below are the steps for how I […]

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Spontaneous Organization for Polyculture

I think one reason monocrop agriculture has pervaded history is mental simplicity. It is a process that removes all possible variables. Beginning with eliminating all plant life, there are clearly defined steps. The whole procedure can be executed in less than a year, without a followup plan. The conventional crops can be applied more or less the same way, with the same equipment, almost anywhere there is dirt. If I […]

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