Category: Demonstration Sites

Supporting SOILS on International Permaculture Day with Geoff Lawton

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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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People Training at PRI Sunshine Coast

A short video showing animal and people systems in place at “Maungaraeeda”, home of the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast. Permaculture educator Tom Kendall talks about how PRI Master Plan sites like Maungaraeeda are able to empower people.

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The Next Stage of the Bio Digester at PRI Sunshine Coast

Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Tom Kendall talks about what the next step is for the Biogas Bio Digester at his Permaculture Demonstration Site “Maungaraeeda”, which is the location of the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast. The Bio Digester already creates enough gas to cook some meals on, but it is ready for the next step to increase gas production.

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Creating a Forest Floor through Chop and Drop

Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast talks about his plans for the swimming pond which was dug 2 years ago. Support species are establishing growth, but after a big rain it is time to do some chopping and dropping and encouraging the growth of other species by creating a forest floor.

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Get Dirty and Make Mistakes

When I was younger, maybe 10 or so, I had this thing for frogs. I wanted frogs, and ponds with frogs. Lots of frogs. At an abandoned gravel quarry by my house, in the unlikely place of the city of Athens, I would find tadpoles, hundreds of them, in rain puddles every spring. I also learned, weeks later, from the dry deflated specimens etched in the dirt, that when the […]

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Mattkel Regenerative Permaculture Practice.

With permaculture techniques we have been able to provide solutions that enable the healthy growth of our plants, improve the soil fertility and maintain a healthy ecosystem. One of these techniques is the use of Mulching.

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