The Gift of a Living Bridge

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It seems there is a plant able to fill almost any niche. In this case Strangler Figs, in the Northeast India state of Meghalaya, are painstakingly trained over generations to stop massive soil erosion in the rainiest place on earth, and, more, to create almost indestructible living pedestrian bridges which will last for centuries despite… Read more »

Review of Geoff Lawton’s Food Forest DVD, by Paul Wheaton and Helen Atthowe

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Click play to hear the talk! Paul Wheaton and Helen Atthowe (www.veganicpermaculture.com) watch Geoff Lawton‘s Food Forest video and Helen really loved it. It shows a food forest as they start it, at 6 months, a year, 3 years, 10 years. Paul thinks it is one of the best permaculture videos. Lawton starts by talking… Read more »

Brad Lancaster: “Urban Water Harvesting Systems” (IPC Presentation – Video)

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Brad Lancaster presents at the IPC10, Amman, Jordan, Sept. 2011 Photographs © Craig Mackintosh Brad of harvestingrainwater.com has well-honed presentation skills — urban water harvesting has never been more interesting and compelling than after Brad has laid it all before you, and injected no small measure of fun and humour into it as well. I… Read more »

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 »

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 »

Soil Biology with Paul Taylor

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One of the major global concerns we face today is the heavily depleted state and continued degeneration of our soil. Without healthy soil, we cannot produce healthy food and however obvious it might seem, the food that we eat directly affects the nature of our being. It’s funny how the most common sense is no… Read more »

From Grass to Habitat Garden – Our Front Yard 2005-2011

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A detailed account of the transition from a sparse and chemical dependent landscape to an ecologically diverse and resource efficient garden. by Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper Our rural 1/3 acre of land in Northern California has been our home and office as well as a continual experiment in ecological land care and permaculture for over 6 years…. Read more »

Soil Decision Making

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Winona paddock Pasture cropped & time control grazed Adjoining paddock Traditional Crop and set stock grazed When you are trying to decide which method of soil improvement to take, sometimes it seems like there are as many different approaches as there are bacteria in a teaspoon of healthy soil. This isn’t necessarily a huge problem… Read more »

Keeping Cattle: Cause or Cure for Climate Crisis?

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We’ve run posts on Alan Savory’s Holistic Management a few times (here, here and here for example), but for those who can’t get enough, here’s another for good measure. This is a 1-hour lecture given in Dublin at the end of 2009. It’s well worth a listen. Allan Savory argued that while livestock may be… Read more »

Organic? Biological? Natural Farming?

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Part I 7 week Border King maize produced with grass humus There are many articles now written about organic farming and there are many experts in the field. Noteworthy from these articles is that the land as such is never addressed. It does not suit us to acknowledge that we, as agriculturists, know nothing of… Read more »