Summer Permaculture Tips and Tricks

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by Chuck Burr, Southern Oregon Permaculture Institute (SOPI) Here are the Summer permaculture tips and tricks from the Southern Oregon Permaculture Institute — enjoy and pass them on. 1. Permaculture blueberries. After two years of hand-weeding our two acres of blueberries we have let them go wild. The plants are five years old now and… Read more »

Sandot Sukkaew’s Tacomepai Farm (Thailand): A 20-Year-Old Permaculture Project

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Sandot Sukkaew explains the difference between his own organic rice paddies and the chemically-treated ones in the background. As the forests were felled, the life-giving water disappeared – Thai farmer Sandot Sukkaew made that critical connection decades ago while laboring in the mud of his father’s rice paddies, and he’s spent the past 20 years… Read more »

The Tree that Hides the Prairie

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On permaculture, vegetarianism, grasses and tree fetishism Cow on Zaytuna Farm Photo © Craig Mackintosh Meat and livestock farming are not praised by a lot of environmental activists. Meat production stands accused of stealing food from the mouths of the poor in two-thirds world countries, driving climate change, and being resource consuming. For example, the… Read more »

Agroforestry/Alleycropping (Video)

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Looking for a transitional form of agriculture as we try to wean ourselves off fossil-fuel based farming systems into smaller scaled, localised and sustainable ways of providing for ourselves? Enter, alleycropping — the practice of planting rows of trees (ideally on contour) through fields to create alleys, or corridors, of alternating trees and ground crops.

Rwanda – Forests of Hope

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Many of you will remember the inspiring and encouraging example of earth restoration found in the story of the Loess Plateau in China (see links at bottom). John Liu was the man heavily involved in this amazing and very large scale initiative. In this new video, below, you’ll see Mr. Liu turning his eyes toward… Read more »

Water is life! – Tamera is Creating a Model for Renaturation of Dry Regions

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by Tamera, Portugal The Tamera water landscape is a model and an educational project for natural water management and the renaturation of damaged landscapes all over the world and a basis for forestation, horticulture and agriculture in regions threatened by desertification. It is a globally adaptable model which can be applied in all regions in… Read more »

Read the Plants, Read the Landscape

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Observation is a key element of permaculture design, and plants can help us to understand the landscape under our feet. Indicator plants are plants that grow in such a density that their success in out-competing other plants can tell us a lot about the soil and microclimate they grow in. Several means can be used… Read more »

Let the Water Do the Work: Induced Meandering, an Evolving Method for Restoring Incised Channels

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The volume reviewed below comes highly recommended for all Permaculturists working in or around any water channels, and particularly on the broad-acre. While the methods happen to apply most immediately in drylands, they will apply directly anywhere that erosion, down-cutting, rapid gully formation, and other forms of channel incision occur. Keep in mind that these… Read more »

Positive Examples of Agricultural and Community Transformation in Kenya

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I’m adding the following clips as a positive supplement to the preceding post. I think it’s important to see that positive work is happening, and that GMOs are not only not needed, but they are a definite threat to these excellent efforts. Permaculturists working, or intending to work, in Kenya could potentially find ways to… Read more »