Greening the Desert Video – now also with French Subtitles

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Many thanks to Jeremy, Christina, Erik, Lamia and Kristen for all the work that went into creating the French translation subtitle file for both Parts I & II of the Greening the Desert video below. As a result, I’ve been able to upload a version suitable for your French-speaking friends and family, should you have… Read more »

Jordan Valley Permaculture Project Update: Post IPC Happenings

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An aerial view of the site Although the landscape here could be seen as a model for scarcity, what there is an abundance of is rocks. The baked dusty earth barely passes for soil and during the summer there isn’t rain here for over six months. With valuable agricultural resources seemingly at a minimum, rocks… Read more »

Small Update on the Recent Small Dam and Fish Pond Installation (Video)

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Five days ago I edited together and uploaded some video files that Geoff Lawton sent through of a recent small dam and fish pond installation during the recent Earthworks course at Zaytuna Farm. Since then Geoff has sent through a few more clips that might interest you. You see, just after I uploaded the first… Read more »

Small Dam/Fish Pond Installation – October 2011 Earthworks Course with Geoff Lawton

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In this short video Geoff walks us through an overview of a small dam/fish pond installation at the PRI’s Zaytuna Farm in northern NSW, Australia. If you’d like to get a better understanding of the why and how of permaculture earthworks, you could purchase the Water Harvesting DVD, or, better yet, book on one of… Read more »

Review of Geoff Lawton’s Food Forest DVD, by Paul Wheaton and Helen Atthowe

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Click play to hear the talk! Paul Wheaton and Helen Atthowe (www.veganicpermaculture.com) watch Geoff Lawton‘s Food Forest video and Helen really loved it. It shows a food forest as they start it, at 6 months, a year, 3 years, 10 years. Paul thinks it is one of the best permaculture videos. Lawton starts by talking… 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 »

Let the Water Do the Work: Induced Meandering, an Evolving Method for Restoring Incised Channels

Posted by & filed under Dams, DVDs/Books, Earth Banks, Gabions, Irrigation, Land, Limonia, Material, Natural Swimming, Potable Water, Regional Water Cycle, Roads, Soil Conservation, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Soil Rehabilitation, Storm Water, Surveying, Swales, Terraces, Water Conservation, Water Contaminaton & Loss, Water Harvesting.

The volume reviewed below comes highly recommended for all Permaculturists working in or around any water channels, and particularly on the broad-acre. While the methods happen to apply most immediately in drylands, they will apply directly anywhere that erosion, down-cutting, rapid gully formation, and other forms of channel incision occur. Keep in mind that these… Read more »

Positive Examples of Agricultural and Community Transformation in Kenya

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I’m adding the following clips as a positive supplement to the preceding post. I think it’s important to see that positive work is happening, and that GMOs are not only not needed, but they are a definite threat to these excellent efforts. Permaculturists working, or intending to work, in Kenya could potentially find ways to… Read more »

Chop-N-Drop – Mulching Permaculture Style

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Chop-N-Drop is a Permaculture term used to describe a simple, yet highly-efficient system of creating mulch. Plants that make good mulch are pruned frequently and the cuttings are dropped directly on the ground below. This creates a beneficial layer of organic material that helps conserve water, reduce weeds and create food for nearby plants through… Read more »

Earthworks Course – Zaytuna Farm, The Channon, May 2011

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The sun works on an 11 year cycle over which it radiates heat at varying levels upon the earth. The cycle is observed by counting the frequency and placement of sunspots visible on the sun. Currently we are at a peak of the cycle whereby the sun is radiating a maximum amount of heat and… Read more »

PRI Ridge Point Dam Earthworks

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by Gordon Williams On the 31st of January the Permaculture Earthworks course at Zaytuna Farm began with good weather and a group of enthusiastic students ready to see the process of laying the groundwork for functional rainwater harvesting features in landscapes. During the week a variety of works were conducted across the property, including a… Read more »

Observations and Interactions at the Jordan Valley Permaculture Project (aka ‘Greening the Desert – the Sequel’)

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Is it any wonder with daily reminders of the widening disparity between exponential population growth and water and food scarcity, so many of us begin to question the possibility of long term sustainable human habitation on the planet? Being a constant witness to damage caused by modern agricultural practices — motivated and driven largely by… Read more »