Managing the Working Chicken (video)

Posted by & filed under Animal Housing, Bird Life, Fencing, Soil Rehabilitation, Working Animals.

Almost everyone who is exposed to permaculture concepts has seen the above graphic (from Bill Mollison’s Introduction to Permaculture). It’s a great way to get people thinking about how to create whole, functional systems that use different elements (like a chicken) in combination with other elements (like those found in your garden), to save labour… Read more »

Reversing Climate Change in Just Ten Years, With Plants!

Posted by & filed under Global Warming/Climate Change, Soil Rehabilitation.

We are all pretty concerned these days about the ongoing battle for biodiversity and life on this planet. With new seed regulation in the EU, The Monsanto Rider in the US, the failure to prevent colony collapse of the global bee population, financial crisis, war crisis, humanitarian crisis, and probably countless other worrisome processes not… Read more »

Cows and Plows: Transformation Solutions

Posted by & filed under Commercial Farm Projects, Courses/Workshops, Land, Livestock, Soil Conservation, Soil Rehabilitation, Water Harvesting.

Though too often vilified, both ‘cows’ and ‘plows’ have proven to be among our most effective and available tools for restoring healthy ecological and eco-agricultural systems in our landscapes. Bucking the trend in conservation that has denounced these tools from early on was Aldo Leopold – perhaps best known for his influential Land Ethic from… Read more »

John Todd Living Machines Lecture

Posted by & filed under Biological Cleaning, Plant Systems, Soil Biology, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Soil Rehabilitation, Waste Systems & Recycling, Waste Water, Water Contaminaton & Loss.

I’m so blown away by the work of John Todd. He works on a huge scale cleaning horrendous toxins out of water. I suspect he knows a bit about permaculture. I saw Bill Mollison’s book listed on one of his websites. Above is a video that I think gives amazing insight on using plants (and… Read more »

Forests Keep Drylands Working (John D. Liu video)

Posted by & filed under Biodiversity, Deforestation, Desertification, Food Shortages, Global Warming/Climate Change, Plant Systems, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Soil Rehabilitation, Trees.

John D. Liu of the EEMP, who has partnered with us in spreading the permaculture message, has created yet another excellent documentary — this time focussing on drylands, their past function and their present dysfunction through a broadscale loss of forest cover, and its impact on soil loss and on the hydrological cycle. In this… Read more »

Allan Savory: How to Green the World’s Deserts and Reverse Climate Change (TED video)

Posted by & filed under Desertification, Global Warming/Climate Change, Land, Livestock, Presentations/Demonstrations, Soil Conservation, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Soil Rehabilitation.

I have been waiting so long for Allan to get on Ted Talks! Now, here it is. Prepared to have your minds blown, ok? I am sure you’re going to want to know more about HM in Australia and where to learn? The best training for HM comes out of InsideOutside Management. As it happens,… Read more »

SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods) Turns Problem into Solution With Composting Toilets (Haiti)

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Community Projects, Compost, Soil Rehabilitation, Urban Projects, Village Development, Waste Systems & Recycling, Water Conservation.

A few months ago I shared a three minute video from John D. Liu of the EEMP about the work of SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods) — an organisation that’s doing great work in Haiti to improve sanitation in a sustainable and affordable way, whilst simultaneously turning the problem (human waste) into a solution (improving… Read more »

Recycling Animal and Human Dung is the Key to Sustainable Farming

Posted by & filed under Compost, Health & Disease, Soil Conservation, Soil Rehabilitation, Waste Systems & Recycling, Waste Water, Water Conservation, Water Contaminaton & Loss.

© Kris De Decker, low-tech magazine (edited by Shameez Joubert) © Illustrations in red & black: Diego Marmolejo Flushing the water closet is handy, but it wreaks ecological havoc, deprives agricultural soils of essential nutrients and makes food production dependent on fossil fuels. For 4,000 years, human excrements and urine were considered extremely valuable trade… Read more »

Fernglade Farm – Late Summer 2013 Update (Australia)

Posted by & filed under Demonstration Sites, Food Forests, Food Plants - Annual, Food Plants - Perennial, Global Warming/Climate Change, Plant Systems, Regional Water Cycle, Soil Conservation, Soil Rehabilitation, Water Conservation.

It’s nearing the end of summer here at Fernglade farm and what a summer it has been. Two inches of rain in over five months, and extreme heat for days on end, results in a most unpleasant experience. Still, despite it all, things are still growing and there is still food to eat. The kangaroos,… Read more »

Before Permaculture: Keyline Planning and Cultivation

Posted by & filed under Dams, Irrigation, Land, Soil Rehabilitation, Surveying, Swales, Water Conservation, Water Harvesting.

Freshly keyline plowed (Photo: Kirsten Bradley) Plan the work then work the plan. — P.A. Yeomans Intro In the mid 1950s, Australian engineer P.A. Yeomans demonstrated a new system of land management he called the Keyline system. The consensus of the time, championed by people like Dr H.H. Bennett, was that soil was a finite… Read more »

Stories from our Food Gardens (e-Book)

Posted by & filed under Compost, Demonstration Sites, DVDs/Books, Food Forests, Food Plants - Annual, Food Plants - Perennial, Land, Plant Systems, Soil Conservation, Soil Rehabilitation, Trees.

The world is dotted with individuals that are driving change from the inside out, inspired by the principles and approach of permaculture. I wanted to share with you “Stories from our Food Gardens” an e-publication made possible by the Saville Foundation here in South Africa, written by Melveen Jackson. Their partnership is an example of… Read more »

Ridge to Valley – a Holistic Watershed Perspective

Posted by & filed under Biological Cleaning, Dams, Earth Banks, Gabions, Irrigation, Land, Material, Potable Water, Regional Water Cycle, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Soil Rehabilitation, Storm Water, Swales, Terraces, Water Conservation, Water Contaminaton & Loss, Water Harvesting.

This excellent little 20-minute video does a great job of covering the basics of watershed management and landscape rehydration. You won’t hear the words ‘permaculture’ or ‘swales’ once, but it’s clear that both are in use here, to great effect. If we can get these simple but profound concepts driven into social consciousness, and applied… Read more »