Category: Demonstration Sites

200m Swale System Planting Job – Noosa Area, Queensland, Australia

This march on a hot Saturday, I had the chance to plant a diversity of plants in 2 swales with a total length of 200 meters. The swale systems was implemented by Tom Kendall from PRI Sunshine Coast together with an excavator driver and 3 practical training students at the property of Tom’s client near Noosa. Afterwards Jason Davis from Permaculture Noosa Group and myself planted together 54 different species […]

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Kiswahili Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course

(*scholarships are available through application for East African based participants, as well as group discounts) Arusha, Tanzania, June 22nd to July 3rd, 2015 This PDC will be presented in Swahili Foodwater shelter and the Kenyan Permaculture Research Institute (PRI Kenya) are pleased to offer Kiswahili speakers the opportunity to attend this Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course. foodwatershelter incorporated (fws) is a not-for-profit, non-denominational, non-governmental organisation that builds and runs eco-friendly […]

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A Permaculture Design Course Model with an Emphasis on Hands-On Experience and Mentoring

By Warren Brush of Quail Springs Permaculture and Casitas Valley Farm and Creamery Different models for creatively delivering the standard 72 hour Permaculture Design Course (PDC) curriculum have surfaced over the years to better equip the student for the life long learning journey that permaculture inspires and demands. I have always wanted to move toward a longer term, hands on mentoring PDC where students are immersed in a thriving farm […]

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Leader Follower Grazing System

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A multi-species, leader follower grazing system has recently been implemented here at the Permaculture Research Institute (PRI). Multi-species grazing has been shown to improve pasture quality, control weed growth, and enhance pasture utilization (getting the most out of every blade of grass). All of these are achieved while increasing the carrying capacity, enabling more animals to thrive off the same plot of land, continuing the cycle of land restoration. This […]

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PDC students at PRI Sunshine Coast

A student at the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast tell of their experiences during the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course.

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Supporting SOILS on International Permaculture Day with Geoff Lawton

Geoff Lawton talks “What you can do with Soil in a Desert“, supporting the Soil theme on this upcoming International Permaculture Day from The Greening the Desert Sequel Site in the Jordan Valley (PRI Jordan). Join us worldwide on Sunday 3rd May for International Permaculture Day: In Support of Soil!

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BioDigester Wrap Up and Making Thatch

Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast shows the end result of the Bio Digester setup: the gas. He also talks about and shows making thatch for a roof from vetiver grass.

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Playing with Cow Poo – Bio Digester Routines Part 4

Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast describes the process after the cow manure goes through the biodigester. The biodigester compost pits and reed bed are shown and how he generates soil fertility through the cycling process is discussed.

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Organic Cattle and Grass Farming in Costa Rica

Finca Quijote is located in one of the wettest places on earth. We get 6 meters of rainfall per year on average. Our elevation is 800 meters above sea level to 1100 meters on the highest “cero” or mountain top. The 517 hectares of Quijote consists mostly of forest, some pristine old growth in the mountains, secondary forest where logging occurred years ago and some open land near the rivers […]

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1st month of PRI Practical Diploma at PRI Sunshine Coast, Australia

View from the wonderful pond with forest view I have been traveling around the world for the last 5 years working on permaculture projects and communities in several countries. I shared my nomadic journey in 2 articles which you can see here and here . I decided to settle down for a while and bring my knowledge and experience in managing permaculture systems to the next step. I got the […]

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Playing with Cow Poo: Bio Digester Routines Part 1

In Part One,Tom Kendall from PRI Sunshine Coast, shows you the daily process of feeding the bio digester to make biogas. Biogas is mixture of different gases produced by the breakdown of organic matter in the absence of oxygen. In this he shows the routines in the morning with the cows and how to ensure the manure stays uncontaminated.

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Support Species for a Dryland Food Forest, a Practical Example

Greening the Desert II, Dead Sea Valley, Jordan Photos: Rawan Risheq October-November 2014, at the end of a long dry summer before the winter rains. You can also download the whole pdf here From its very inception, a natural system is involved in a continuous evolution, an ongoing succession of different stages toward increasing diversity and complexity, toward increasing stability, fertility and productivity until, eventually, the system reaches its climax […]

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