Category: Plant Systems

Regenerating Rusinga Island (Lake Victoria, Kenya)

In January, 2013, I wrote an article titled, "Helping Small Farmers Help Themselves on Rusinga Island". In December of 2012, I came to Rusinga Island for the first time under the invitation of PRI Kenya to teach a PDC to women and men subsistence farmers. What emerged out of the PDC was a small group of farmers — sixteen members — organizing themselves and setting up their own association called […]

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Natural Farming – from Dirt to Abundance in 126 days

// Natural farming means: no water, no fertilizer, no herbicides, no pesticides. The only thing a natural farmer needs is seeds. Inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka. The first clip was taken March 7, 2013

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Advanced Cell Grazing – Permaculture Livestock Systems at Zaytuna Farm

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Cell grazing is not a new option when it comes to large animal management. However, brewing at Zaytuna Farm is a dynamic and advanced cell moving method that combines age old and newly discovered techniques and strategies. It has been said before, and most of us permaculturists have used our power of observation to see, that nature will opt for balance. This becomes apparent when we see an overgrazed pasture […]

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Climate Change Adaptation Technologies – Permaculture Design Brings Results

// Climate Change Adaptation technology: Stone Lines (The Sahel)(More videos below) It’s uber exciting to see simple design solutions bringing yields, low-carbon prosperity and health, to people who would otherwise suffer needlessly. Watch the excellent videos below to see how permaculture land management techniques are spreading across Africa and beyond, and giving communities an insurance against the growing threat of climate change — a problem these small-holder farmers had no […]

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Geoff Lawton’s Zaytuna Farm Video Tour – Part II


Last year I took some time out to make a Zaytuna Farm Video Tour for you all (embedded here, with lots of photos and text). The positive comments, both on our site and on YouTube, along with additional questions (see comments below this post), encouraged us to make another! This new video, above, shot 11-12 months after the original video, is twice as long and covers several aspects of the […]

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A Serengeti on Our Doorsteps

Is it really possible? Yes, I think it is. by George Monbiot Here’s a video of the 15-minute talk I gave at 5×15, where I spell out the remarkable potential for rewilding in Europe, including the possibility of reintroducing the elephants, rhinos, hippos, hyenas and lions we’ve lost. I also talk about how this could transform our own lives. I love this subject more than any other. You can read […]

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If You Plant It, They Will Come – Friendly Pollination Practices

Blazing Star and Little Sulphur (source) Encouraging pollinators into our gardens is one of the biggest contributions we can make to ensure a healthy polyculture of plants and insects on our land. About ninety percent of all plant species need pollinating insects. Planting natives is an essential step in increasing habitat for our little friends. You should avoid hybrids — they generally have less pollen and are more subtly scented, […]

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Cow Horns, Weeds and Worms (Lesotho)

Miles Durand (right), in Lesotho Introduction Lesotho is a small, mountainous country in Southern Africa. There has been an alarming two third reduction in its food production since colonial times. The signs and causes are self-evident and can be seen on the landscape and within the population. There is an urgent need to move the existing agriculture, in decline, to one of ascendancy in food production, and return the soil […]

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Companion Planting Chart

Click for larger view Further information: Companion Planting Information and Chart Companion Planting Guide Biodiverse Systems are More Productive

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Mark Shepard’s Proven Technique – “Sheer, Total, and Utter Neglect” (video)

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Broadacre permaculturist Mark Shepard takes us on a tour of his 106-acre farm, where he grows dozens of crops with almost no care at all. Mark tells you how, twenty years ago, he and friends put thousands of varieties of perennials in the ground, and left them there. Now, parts of his farm that are completely unattended are growing 14 different kinds of food.

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Hidden Gardens of a Sacred Landscape (Egypt)

The Makhad Trust works to restore the mountain gardens of the Jebalia Bedouin in St Katherine’s governorate, Sinai, Egypt. by Alice Gray Mahmoud, a Makhad field worker, shows the way to Wadi ‘Tlaa, an oasis amidst the barren rocks of the high mountains. I first heard about this great organisation from Jeff Anderson, one of the graduates of my most recent permaculture course in Qasr A Sir. Since I had […]

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Building an Edible Floating Island

Here we are! We are underway with our Ten Week Internship with Geoff Lawton at the Permaculture Research Institute, Zaytuna Farm, in The Channon, New South Wales, Australia. We are a small group of only six interns, two teacher assistants and Mr. Geoff Lawton. The team has really formed a synergy and we feel great with some of the projects we have been able to complete.

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