Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge: Report on Piped-Water System, Current Status and Design Update (Ethiopia)

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We are an eco-lodge and Permaculture training centre based in Konso, south Ethiopia. Water Source Our only current water source for potable water and garden irrigation is the Konso Town municipal supply, which is drawn from a bore-hole situated just across the road from our site entrance. The supply facility is a manned pumping station… Read more »

Strawberry Fields Update: Flood Protection and Water Control in Ethiopia, Part II

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We previously published a report on the development of our site’s flood control and defense infrastructure in October 2010. This is an update on that which goes on to describe some of our plans for developing that infrastructure more in the future. Just to recap on the basics of our situation: in times of rain,… Read more »

Nepal – An Opportunity for Regeneration, Part II

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Actual view from Mountain View Eco Farm site As some readers may remember, I wrote an article last August outlining my experience at the Sustainable Agriculture Development Program of Nepal, and of the farm manager’s (Govinda Paudel) dream of establishing his own permaculture inspired education and demonstration farm. Well, at long last, Govinda has managed… Read more »

Help the Manda Wilderness Project (Mozambique)

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Nelson Mandela once said that education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Help to change the world by changing one life — the Manda Wilderness Agricultural Project’s very own Assistant Manager and Agriculture Training Specialist, Hilda Cangoma. Your contribution, large or small, will help Hilda become the first… Read more »

Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge 4-Week Group Internship at PRI Master Plan Site, Konso, Ethiopia

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There are those points in life where it’s all up-hill struggle, when you know there’s so much to be done that it’s not even worth contemplating it all, you just have to keep your eyes on the ground in front of you and keep putting one foot in front of the other. Then there are… Read more »

Video Spotlight on Kotare Village (New Zealand)

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You’ll enjoy this little video, a nice collage of thoughts and scenery and developing community integration. This is Kotare Village in the North Island of New Zealand, where PRI New Zealand (Koanga Institute) is making excellent headway into creating a model community where freedom of individual expression is combined with cohesion of collective purpose. And,… Read more »

Success in Tough Times (France)

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by Steve Hanson 2012 is our eighth year of small scale farming in France and has seen us move from income dependence to financial security and independence. Looking back over the last eight years at our mistakes and our successes in getting to this point demonstrates the value of an integrated approach. When we arrived… Read more »

Fernglade Farm – Early Summer (November) 2012 Update (Australia)

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Writing the article series about Food Forests has made me aware of how much interest there is in them and how they can vary from region to region, but it also highlighted to me just how difficult it may be for people to actually visit a food forest. However, thanks to the wonders of the… Read more »

Floodplains: the Biggest Slow-Release Water Source Around

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Article and diagrams copyright © Cam Wilson At the top end of the Marshalls’ property on the Southern Tablelands, NSW, Australia, the creek is bone dry. This spot, fed by 1250 Ha of native forest, has been that way for 10 weeks now. Meanwhile, 1.2 km downstream at the base of their property, flowing past… Read more »