Leaving on a High (Lesotho, Africa)

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Peach blossoming in Lesotho The white-edged black clouds embrace the craggy green tops of the Maluti Mountains with patches of blue sky in between them. The late afternoon setting sun gives a golden glow to this mountain panorama. This is the setting for my farewell to Lesotho. My two year placement with Phelisanong as part… Read more »

Global Resource Alliance: What We Did in 2013 (Tanzania)

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An update from the Global Resource Alliance (GRA) Permaculture Continued developing the Kinesi Village permaculture project with the local community on 8 acres of land donated to GRA by the Village Council to grow food for 35 families caring for orphans. This plot grows hundreds of trees for food, lumber and habitat, staple foods like… Read more »

The Benefits of Permaculture Education and Sack Gardens in Kenya, East Africa

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You may have previously read about the work of FoodWaterShelter in Tanzania, East Africa, where they use permaculture solutions to provide the food, water and energy needs of the vulnerable women and children at the Kesho Leo children’s village. And you may have heard about the successful English and Kiswahili PDCs that they have hosted… Read more »

A Permaculture Garden Inside San Quentin State Prison (California, USA)

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I thought PermacultureNews readers might be inspired by some of the work Planting Justice and the Insight Garden Program are doing in our prison system to teach permaculture ethics and practices. Here is a video about a recent project at San Quentin State Prison, CA. The Planting Justice team worked with Beth Waitkus and the… Read more »

Nour Al Barakah – Planting a Sense of Community (Amman, Jordan)

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Store room and NAB sign logo Nadia and I have known Rosemary Bdeir and her daughter Hala now for more than 10 years. Our original connection was through an invitation to consult on their family properties. It was obvious to Nadia and I that they understand the ethics of permaculture and the need for permaculture… Read more »

The Farm: Where We Have Come From and Our Plans For the Future

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As we in the North approach the winter solstice — traditionally a time of slowing down, contemplation, and letting go of the past year — we are filled with gratitude for so much that we have been given, and only barely awakened to the new possibilities these gifts bestow. Our small non-profit educational and scientific… Read more »

Re-Foresting Afghanistan

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Afghanistan has been shredded; a country rich with fruits, nuts, melons, and forests was degraded into barren hillsides and emaciated rubble. Torn by decades of war and internal resource depletion, but with the promise of vast mineral “riches” yet untapped beneath the ground, its history has brought it to a special place in time that… Read more »

UNCCD Land for Life Award Winners for 2013 (India, Mexico, Africa): Practical, Doable, Magic

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Educating small-holder farmers in India Every year the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) presents awards and supportive prize-money to projects that have had a positive impact on combating desertification and restoring watersheds and the hydrological cycle. This year’s awards went to excellent projects in India, Mexico and Africa. Watch the fantastic videos below,… Read more »

My Visit to the Greening the Desert Sequel Site, November 2013

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The Jordan Valley Permaculture Proejct (aka ‘Greening the Desert – the Sequel’) in November 2013. (Photo: Geoff Lawton) I experienced a very diverse range of activities during my two weeks in Jordan, teaching a tree care course and helping in the farm activities, at the PRI Jordan Valley Permaculture Project (aka ‘Greening the Desert –… Read more »

Rough, Ready, But Very Real – a November 2013 Update on the Jordan Valley Permaculture Project (aka ‘Greening the Desert – the Sequel’ Site)

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Project from above, featuring a garbage-accumulating fence edge Well, you would be hard pressed to find a tougher block of land — a 400m below sea level, West facing slope, in an extremely hot, arid climate, with extremely poor, shallow highly alkaline top ‘soil’, covered in rocks, with a limited water supply and in a… Read more »