Category: Earthworks & Earth Resources

Nottinghill Forest Garden 2014: Perennial Fruit Integration & Micro-water Harvesting Feature Upgrades

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Part One can be found here. Part Two can be found here. Part Three (A) can be found here. Part Three (B) can be found here. Part Four can be found here. Site Observations and Species Selection I made another trip to North Carolina in July of 2014 to visit with my family. I hadn’t seen the garden in July since 2011 and was really excited to be there at […]

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Groundwater Re-charging

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It’s a rainy Monsoon day. Today, it’s water, water everywhere, but soon there will not be a drop to drink. Think forward to April & May. Dry times ahead. And for some, water problems could come as early as February & March. Every monsoon, Goa receives around 3000mm of Monsoon rainwater. That’s a lot. In fact, it’s plenty, and more. So why are we faced with dwindling water tables, empty […]

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Nottinghill Forest Garden 2013: Mainframe Design Persists Despite Vegetative Setbacks

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Part One can be found here. Part Two can be found here. Part Three (A) can be found here. Part Three (B) can be found here. I was not able to return to the United States until the end of November 2013 to visit for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I received some updates about its state from my parents when we would video chat. Sometime during the summer, a groundhog decided […]

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Swale Calculator Spacing Tool

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Douglas Barnes of permaculturereflections, who is a sustainable designer from the countryside in Tweed Ontario, has created a great tool that can be used to help with Swale implementation. This calculator, located on his website here, addresses Swale spacing that has been a perennial question in Permaculture. This calculator turns the problem on its head and gives you the best estimate for spacing based on swale size. Why calculate spacing? […]

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Rapidly-Cut Swales with Tractor Blade

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We are making early progress on our 320-acre Missouri permaculture-farm project (Jordan Rubin’s Heal the Planet Farm). Last fall, a local dozer operator was brought in to dig the first swales. It was a small dozer but it did a respectable job and did the work in a relatively short period of time compared to an excavator. See the blog post with video here. Before we brought the dozer back […]

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Comparing the Great Wall of China’s Contour Structure with That of a Water Harvesting System

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A permaculture enthusiast may want to inquire: how do the structures of both the Great Wall of China and Water Harvesting System relate A Brief history of the Great Wall Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987, the Great Wall of China has always been the most visible symbol of power and influence of the past Chinese Empires. Initially built by Emperor Qin Shi Huang (c.259-210 B.C.) in […]

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How to Build a Swale on Contour Successfully

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Swales are amongst my favorite permaculture projects. Though they can be laborious, especially for a shovel and pick fellow like me, they show results quickly and look amazing, texturing the landscape with both purpose and beauty. They are easy to explain: Everyone understands the concept of plants needing water. Swales are also perfect for those of us wanting to build no-dig garden beds, as digging the (swale) paths provides the […]

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Energy Globe Award

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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Jordan 2015 Has been won by Geoff Lawton and The Permaculture Research Institute for the Permaculture sites featured inGreening/Re-Greening the Desert “To be honored with this award is a great recognition of our work for a better environment and motivates us to continue our endeavors in the future” Geoff Lawton, National Energy Globe Winner Jordan About the AWARD With more than 170 participating countries and over […]

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Understanding Water Part 2: Working with Flow

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Copyright Ingrid Pullen Photography In my previous article, we explored how the basic principle of water is that of flow, and so in order to work well with water it is important to be aware of what the flow is and where it is going. On a practical level, this involves some basic observation and a wealth of techniques which can be used to help utilise water to the advantage […]

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Final Day ! – Help us Set Up PRI Luganville, Vanuatu

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We are nearing the deadline of our Vanuatu fundraiser (less than one day!) and to give things a boost we decided to auction 3 PDC courses on Ebay! The courses will be taught by Tom Kendall of PRI Sunshine Coast, in Luganville, Vanuatu in 2016 and bidding starts at $750, or Buy It Now is $1500! We are very close to the target and need your help! That is well […]

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A Review of the Permaculture Earthmoving & Hydrology Course at Eagles Deep, Tatong, Victoria.

Eagles Deep is a 250 acre farm located high in a valley in the foothills of the Victorian highlands managed and hosted by project manager Carl Wantrup and farm manager Joe Herbert. David Spicer commented this is one of the fastest growing permaculture projects he has been involved with. A testament to the work ethic and commitment from its caretakers. At the start of June David Spicer and Danial Lawton […]

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PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate) Antica Masseria dell’Alta Murgia Altamura

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Join us on June 28th 2015, for the opportunity to learn about permaculture principles and techniques from permaculture specialist Rhamis Kent, whilst experiencing the culture, food and traditions of beautiful Altamura just few Km away from Matera which has been recently designated European Capital of Culture in 2019! The Permaculture Design Certificate course is an internationally recognized, seventy-two hour course resulting in a Permaculture Design Certificate. It provides an introduction […]

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