Category: Commercial Farm Projects

What Should I Charge as a Permaculture Design Consultant?

5 acre sustainable/regenerative farm design for family of 7 Over the last few years I have spent a good amount of time working on a variety of different permaculture designs and consultations in different parts of the US and abroad. Even though some techniques and strategies are similar, which mostly remain the same (chicken tractoring, cattle grazing, swales, contour plowing, sheet mulched gardens, water storage etc…), every consultation has presented […]

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From Monoculture to Permaculture

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46wpCQf0sgw?rel=0&showinfo=0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> How one man transformed his farm from Monoculture to Permaculture. When Warren Brush bought a run down orchard near Ventura, California, he knew he was in for the ride of his life transforming it into a Permaculture farm. From an original monoculture persimmon, apple and avocado orchard, it’s a risky challenge to turn all this around and announce you are now also running a creamery and a […]

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When Organics Goes Bad

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ngT6EG4bPU?rel=0&showinfo=0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> When Organics Goes Bad is a short video where Geoff Lawton visits an organic carrot farm in California and explains why some organic farms are not always good for the environment.

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Permaculture in Paradise

Trailer only – watch full video here 34 Years ago Dano Gorsich asked his old permaculture teacher, Bill Mollison, what he should do with his land on the island of Molokai in Hawaii? Bill explained how he should design his tropical house, how it should face to capture the sea breezes, the sun angles, slope and orientation. Bill also suggested that Dano could earn a living by growing fruit and […]

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Permaculture for Profit – the STUN System (Sheer Total Utter Neglect)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpJO3V7oW3c?rel=0&showinfo=0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> Trailer only – watch the full video here! Imagine you owned your own farm planted full of apple trees. You used no herbicides, no fungicides, no pesticides and no industrial fertilizers. Instead, the trees were treated with Sheer Total Utter Neglect, and still bore copious amount of fruit. Sounds crazy, right?

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Weed Dating

I believe we can make work very pleasant. To do so, I tend to multitask and turn any job into a playful moment. This is exactly what the Greenhorns have created with weed dating! A wonderful way to get work done efficiently….

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Soil, Struggle and Justice – Agroecology in the Brazilian Landless Movement

This film examines a cooperative of the Brazilian Landless Movement (MST) in the South of Brazil, which struggled for access to land and then transitioned to ecological agriculture, or agroecology. This MST cooperative is demonstrating the possibility of an alternative model of flourishing rural life, which provides thriving livelihoods for farmers, produces high quality and low cost food for the region, and rehabilitates the earth.

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Miracle Farms on TV (Canada)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtOaxbZbN_M?rel=0&showinfo=0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> Duration 11 minutes. English subtitles available. This is a feature on Miracle Farms on a French Canadian TV show called La Semaine Verte.

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Permaculture Site Establishment: Phases of Abundance

An abundance of jackfruit at Project Bonafide in Nicaragua Five years ago I had the opportunity to join a land-based project (Rancho Mastatal Sustainable Education Center in Costa Rica) already eight years into operation. At my arrival I found a site that had focused on infrastructure and program building over its initial life span. This was an important leverage point in building a financial base as an education center, but […]

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Broadacre Farm Design – Regenerative Agriculture at Work (Australia)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmAMDKNksok?rel=0&showinfo=0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> Over the past year Yandoit Farm has been going through a few changes. Located in Victoria, Australia, north of Hepburn Springs, the farm has had an interesting past, at times being heavily mined for gold, with the miners living on the property, and more recently used to run cattle. Working with an array of permaculture and regenerative agriculture designers the stewards of Yandoit Farm, Lisa and Michael, […]

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A Glimpse of Climate Smart Agriculture (Kenya)

There are many ways to describe Maurice Kwadha: farmer, entrepreneur, and climate-smart are some of them. But some in Kombewa, in western Kenya’s Nyando Basin, used to call him a madman. Once, when he was collecting discarded milk packets at the local market, he was physically attacked by someone who thought he had lost his mind. But Maurice had a plan. And his small farm, with its burgeoning tree nursery, […]

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Tiger Hill Permaculture: Phase 1, Water Harvesting Earthworks

In February 2011 I took over the farm, ‘Tiger Hill’, in Tasmania, Australia. The planets aligned at that time in my life as I had a deep desire to find a property that I could develop to get all of my experience and ideas toward Permaculture on the ground and create my long term vision of an educational community and demonstration site based on Permaculture design.

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