Permaculture in Mecca

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Community Projects, Demonstration Sites, Education Centres, Land, People Systems, Village Development, Water Harvesting.

Geoff Lawton reports from a consultation trip to what will become the Al Bayda Project, Saudi Arabia The Al Bayda Project in Saudi Arabia aims to help rehabilitate a large area of land, roughly 35 x 20kms (700km2 in total) containing 9 villages of Bedouin people who have been settled for 20-30 years in very… Read more »

Worldwide Permaculture Network Database Update – Beta Testing!

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Commercial Farm Projects, Community Projects, Demonstration Sites, Developments, Education Centres, Networking Sites, People Systems, Social Gatherings, Society, Urban Projects, Village Development.

I just want to express immense gratitude for the donations towards our upcoming Worldwide Permaculture Network database-slash-social-networking-site. At time of writing, the ChipIn widget on our sidebar is showing 36 contributors giving a combined total of $2,125. There have been a couple of others who’ve donated by other means as well. Our development costs are… Read more »

Jordan Valley Permaculture Project – November 2010 Update

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Biological Cleaning, Building, Community Projects, Demonstration Sites, Education Centres, Irrigation, Urban Projects, Waste Systems & Recycling, Water Conservation.

The Jordan Valley Permaculture Project (aka ‘Greening the Desert – the Sequel’) in Al Jawaseri in the Dead Sea Valley (lowest place on earth), continues to develop as we gradually fund the project into action with our own permaculture education programs, volunteers and funding from Muslim Aid Australia and Kids are Sweet of Wisconsin, USA…. Read more »

Chile Earthquake Video Update

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Building, Community Projects, Demonstration Sites, Education Centres, People Systems, Village Development.

The team from Ecoescuela El Manzano in Chile have just sent through this fine video on progress there. If you’re new to the site, or otherwise don’t know what this is about, you might find the ten-part article series that starts here of interest: Letters from Chile – Shaken Awake

Fast Hot Composting System

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Commercial Farm Projects, Community Projects, Compost, Demonstration Sites, Education Centres, Fungi, Soil Biology, Soil Composition, Soil Conservation, Soil Rehabilitation, Structure, Waste Systems & Recycling.

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

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Biodiversity, Community Projects, Demonstration Sites, Education Centres, GMOs, Village Development.

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

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects.

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

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Biological Cleaning, Community Projects, Demonstration Sites, Education Centres, Land, Waste Systems & Recycling, Waste Water.

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 »