Fast Hot Composting System

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At Strawberry Fields Eco-Lodge (SFEL) we use a fast hot composting system that can deliver well decomposed compost within 3 weeks. It was developed based on the technique we we’re taught by Dan Palmer when he co-facilitated two PDCs with us in 2008 along with Rosemary Morrow. Hot composting is an aerobic process of fast… Read more »

Letters from Sri Lanka: Ranjith de Silva – Bastion of Biological Defense

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During my time in Sri Lanka, although concentrating on Sarvodaya’s widespread work and influence in the country, I also took a few hours out to visit Ranjith de Silva, a man whose work I applaud. In 1995 the European Patent Office in Munich granted patent rights to the US Department of Agriculture and the multinational… Read more »

IDEP is responding to the Mentawai Earthquake, Tsunami and Javanese Volcano Tragedy 2010

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Photography courtesy of AP & AFP News Media IDEP is responding to the Mentawai Earthquake, Tsunami and Javanese Volcano Tragedy 2010 The Mentawai Islands off Western Sumatera is reeling from an earthquake and tsunami that struck over a 24-hour period. Early on Tuesday morning (26 October 2010), the quake measuring 7.7 on a Richter scale,… Read more »

Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge, Ethiopia: Black Water Filtration System

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Black water is the term applied to domestic waste water which carries solid organic waste materials and has a high level of nitrogen and phosphate containing compounds which may be in soluble and non soluble forms. Black water is generally assumed to refer to discharge from flush toilets, while grey water refers to outflow from… Read more »

Letters from Sri Lanka – Sarvodaya’s Economic Development and Its Destination

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This is Part X, the final installment, of a ten-part series – If you haven’t already, please read Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII, Part VIII and Part IX before continuing. This series is part of my work for the Sustainable (R)evolution book project. Preamble: As I… Read more »

Using Radio to Spread Sustainable Agricultural Practices Across Africa

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Due to the work of a Canadian based Farm Radio International, who’ve partnered with more than 300 radio stations in more than 39 countries, farmers in Africa are tuning in for best-practise tips in agricultural systems and health and are being encouraged to revisit their traditional techniques and to increase their self-reliance. Broadcasts cover "Nutrition… Read more »

Morocco Observations, Past, Present and Future – Part IV

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This is Part IV, the final part of this series. Click to read Part I, Part II and Part III. by Alex Metcalfe. Picture credits: Alex Metcalfe, Asiya Brock, Helen Evans and Houssa Yacoubi Large house clusters would have originally had extended family groups living in distinct but connected households. The largest of these we… Read more »

My Story and Hope for Permaculture in Africa

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Editor’s Note: Project leaders and participants worldwide – please tell us your human interest stories! My name is Samuel Baluti. I am Malawian by birth. I did two Permaculture Design courses and a Training of Trainers course last year. After that I was looking for a place to gain skills in designing, teaching, earthworks, veggie… Read more »

Your Input Wanted – Guidelines for Worldwide Permaculture Network Users

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I know some of you are itching to use the new Worldwide Permaculture Network system. Well, I hope to launch in just a few weeks! One aspect that I want your input on is in regards to user guidelines. We want to make a clear list of guidelines for what kind of projects are and… Read more »

Strawberry Fields Update – Flood Protection and Water Control in Ethiopia

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One of the biggest challenges of doing Permaculture in a semi-arid place like Konso is the drought-flood hydrology besets in degraded dry-lands. The whole of south Ethiopia has now been so deforested, added to the fact that the global climate is getting completely messed up, that rainfall is now completely unpredictable. The old folks are… Read more »

Permaculture Seeds Sprouting in Detroit

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Photo by Aaron Lawrence, on Flickr Permaculture seeds planted in Detroit earlier this year are beginning to sprout, take root, and re-seed. There have been several stories about our city posted here on the PRI website, and I’d like to share with you the project I’m currently devoted to. We’re working to transform a home… Read more »