Saudi Arabian Philippines (with Tropical Desert Possibilities) – Discovering the Cultural Edges

Posted by & filed under Building, Energy Systems, Gabions, Land, Swales, Village Development, Waste Systems & Recycling.

A Filipino garden — in Saudi Arabia! Working in Saudi Arabia on a large project, in this case the Al-Baydha project, involving Bedouin People who have been resettled into villages for the past 20-30 years, is an interesting broad landscape affair as it covers about 700km2 and 9 villages. The culture of Bedouin rangeland management,… Read more »

Piped Swale Crossings

Posted by & filed under Earth Banks, Irrigation, Land, Soil Conservation, Storm Water, Swales, Waste Water, Water Conservation, Water Harvesting.

Permaculture is a connecting system between disciplines and elements in a matrix of design, and swales are a mainframe element. The efficiency of swales is that they can interrupt water surface flow high in a landscape where it is then infiltrated relatively quickly, on contour, and moves incredibly slowly through the landscape soil and subsoil… Read more »

So You Want to be a Permaculture Designer! What’s Stopping You?

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Final colour master plan Experience? Well yes, but that’s something that you can learn along the way. You don’t need to be the World’s best Graphic artist or AutoCAD genius, but you do need to be creative, have an eye for landscape patterning and a PDC in hand. I just finished my first Permaculture design… Read more »

Letters from Jordan – On Consultation at Jordan’s Largest Farm, and Contemplating Transition

Posted by & filed under Commercial Farm Projects, Dams, Food Forests, Food Plants - Annual, Food Plants - Perennial, Irrigation, Land, Plant Systems, Soil Rehabilitation, Swales, Trees, Water Conservation.

Preamble: From my recent trip to Jordan, I shared with you all the news, with loads of pictures, about the International Permaculture Conference (IPC) that will be held there in September 2011. I also slipped over the border to take a quick peek at Murad Alkufash’s work in the West Bank, and took video of… Read more »

A Call to Large Scale Earth Healing and Lessons from the Loess Plateau (Video)

Posted by & filed under Alternatives to Political Systems, Biodiversity, Community Projects, Consumerism, Dams, Deforestation, Economics, Food Shortages, Gabions, Global Warming/Climate Change, Land, Peak Oil, Plant Systems, Population, Regional Water Cycle, Soil Conservation, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Swales, Terraces, Trees, Village Development, Water Conservation, Water Contaminaton & Loss.

The world is coming unglued. The world burns. What are we going to do about it? Map of fires in Russia As I type, half of Russia is on fire after its hottest summer on record, Pakistan is dealing with the biggest floods in living memory and Australia is still in the clutches of a… Read more »

What (and not) About that Natural Pool Conversion on the Gold Coast?

Posted by & filed under Aquaculture, Food Plants - Annual, Food Plants - Perennial, Land, Plant Systems, Swales, Terraces, Urban Projects, Water Harvesting.

April 2008 It’s been about a year now since I had the pleasure of Craig at my house to do the story on the Natural Swimming Pool conversion I am attempting. It was an interesting year for me on the home garden front and the personal front with lots of new surprises and projects. I… Read more »

Water Harvesting and Storage

Posted by & filed under Irrigation, Land, Swales, Water Conservation, Water Harvesting.

by Adrian Buckley, Permaculture Designer, B. of Community Design, Calgary, Canada Good soil is nothing without water! Fortunately, there are simple and inexpensive methods available to us for capturing and storing rain water to meet our irrigation needs.  It all starts from a firm understanding of how water flows on your property and designing to… Read more »

Thinking Outside the Square In Wagga Wagga: Thoughts on Contour

Posted by & filed under Commercial Farm Projects, Dams, Demonstration Sites, Developments, Earth Banks, Gabions, Irrigation, Land, News, Regional Water Cycle, Soil Conservation, Soil Rehabilitation, Swales, Water Conservation, Water Harvesting.

Permaculture solutions have come to life at a Wagga Wagga farm in the midst of a heated debate over water. What Kevin Rudd Claim’s will help the Murray Darling River system and the Lower Lakes region has some farmers in the area fuming. Farmers and residents throughout the Murray Darling region have larger concerns over… Read more »

Podcast: Buy Water Rights, Sell Riverina’s Future

Posted by & filed under Dams, Gabions, Irrigation, Land, Limonia, News, Plant Systems, Podcasts, Potable Water, Regional Water Cycle, Soil Rehabilitation, Swales, Trees, Water Conservation, Water Contaminaton & Loss, Water Harvesting.

Last week Permaculture consultant Nick Huggins spoke to Anne Delaney from the ABC Riverina Breakfast radio program in Wagga Wagga, NSW. Listen here: Nick Huggins Talks to ABC Radio About Riverina’s Water Blues A backgrounder: Two Permaculture consultants, currently drought proofing a property in Livingstone, are calling for an end to the Australian Government’s water… Read more »

Vetiver – One Grass Revolution

Posted by & filed under Animal Forage, Earth Banks, Food Forests, Land, Material, Plant Systems, Soil Conservation, Soil Rehabilitation, Structure, Swales, Terraces.

During my relatively short time in the Permaculture movement I have only heard Vetiver mentioned a few times. Could it be that this profoundly important pioneer is not getting the attention it deserves? Although commonly and extensively used in permaculture sites in some parts of the world, its uptake in Australia in particular seems to… Read more »