Greening the Desert Video – now also with French Subtitles

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Many thanks to Jeremy, Christina, Erik, Lamia and Kristen for all the work that went into creating the French translation subtitle file for both Parts I & II of the Greening the Desert video below. As a result, I’ve been able to upload a version suitable for your French-speaking friends and family, should you have… Read more »

Update on Karat Primary School’s Permaculture Progress, Ethiopia

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The ‘after map’ design — does not resemble the actual implementation This is an update on my recent post on new school projects here in Ethiopia. We visited Karat Primary School again as a group on Friday 28th October 2011. The group comprised Alex McCausland, Tichafa Makovere, Rhamis Kent (an international permaculture trainer accredited by… Read more »

Letters from Slovakia – a Photo Update on the Homeless Camp

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Daniel Diškanec checks out his new edible friends Photos © Craig Mackintosh I should have shared these pictures back in August, when the pictures were taken, but was too tied up with preparations for the Tenth International Permaculture Conference (IPC10) in Jordan. Though late, I trust you’ll appreciate them anyway. If you didn’t catch them… Read more »

FRESH – World’s Wildest Supermarket

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A holistic and most outrageous concept being turned into reality in Denmark. From: Sepp Holzer’s Permakultur, Leopold Stocker Verlag, 2008 Fresh is the concept for an organic, living supermarket in cities and villages, where instead of taking the items off the shelf, the customer harvests the produce directly from raised beds! It is a system… Read more »

Mulberry Gardens Food Forest

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Original asphalt It began with a large area of asphalt and a dream of expanding our community garden. Mulberry Gardens is in Glenroy, Melbourne, Australia and operates entirely as a communal space. All members share in the upkeep and harvest the produce — which is mostly shared amongst attendees at the Saturday morning communal sessions…. Read more »

Jordan Valley Permaculture Project Update: Post IPC Happenings

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An aerial view of the site Although the landscape here could be seen as a model for scarcity, what there is an abundance of is rocks. The baked dusty earth barely passes for soil and during the summer there isn’t rain here for over six months. With valuable agricultural resources seemingly at a minimum, rocks… Read more »

Murad Alkufash: “Marda Permaculture Farm: Planting Seeds of Hope in the Occupied Territories”

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Murad Alkufash is a dedicated permaculturist. Considering where he lives, he must be. Or, perhaps because of where he lives he must be — as permaculture is a truly logical, and the only really lasting, solution to the problems surrounding him. Murad lives in the West Bank, and directly under one of the largest illegal… Read more »

Permaculture Pygmies

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by Xavier Fux Deep in the jungle of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Pygmy communities had lived for generations as hunter-gatherers. When the Kahuzi Biega National Park was created in 1970 by the Congolese government, the Pygmies and other local communities were expulsed from the forest, their ancestral land, without receiving any compensation or any… Read more »

Letters from Jordan: ‘Greening the Desert – the Sequel’ Site Contrasts Against Jordan Insanities

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Staring into the eyes of the future of Jordan, one wonders how things could be…. All Photographs © Craig Mackintosh Al Jazeera’s very recent feature of the new ‘Greening the Desert’ site Introduction Why did the photojournalist cross the road? It sounds like the beginning of a joke, and, in a way, it was. I… Read more »

Kenya: Permaculture – Agriculture With a Green Touch

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Editor’s Note: This article appeared as the cover story for Kenya’s main newspaper — the Daily Nation — helping give top exposure to the just-established PRI Kenya. Warren Brush (see also) sent this through, and has been the main driver in helping get PRI Kenya off the ground, or onto the ground, as the case… Read more »