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When Industry Goes Permaculture

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Do you want to see a peek into the future? Imagine a 50,000 square foot industrial building that is hyper-insulated with running costs of only $300 per year. Sounds incredible doesn’t it? Well then take a look at this Industrial Permaculture place built by the Hunt Utilities Group in Minnesota. They are making appropriate technologies at an industrial scale that can also be applied to an everyday domestic house. Geoff […]

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Re-Greening a Mountain

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When Geoff Lawton says this is the best Permaculture demonstration site on the planet, then you have to stop and listen. “Where is it exactly?” I asked, as I’ve never heard of this place. I didn’t know the Chinese were even into permaculture. “Kadoorie Farm” he said and he insisted we go there and film. “It’s in Hong Kong on a massive mountain. The whole place has been redeveloped. You […]

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Flat Land, Flash Floods and Permaculture

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We hear a lot about infiltrating swales with water, but what do you do when you live on very flat and windy land, next to a river that experiences regular flooding and you don’t need any water in your garden because your whole land is one big soakage swale? This is what Minnesota two acre landowner, Bruce Blair experienced 23 years ago when his land was suddenly deluged in a […]

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How to build a Geo-Solar Greenhouse

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Imagine if you could trap the energy of the sun and store it, in a bank, for future use when you needed it in the winter? That’s the principle of Annualized Geo-Solar. A fancy name, but a clever way of storing the heat in the ground and using it to warm your greenhouse when its needed in the cold winter months. In the video Geoff Lawton visits a massive community […]

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Hey! It’s High Cold Dry and Windy and Doing just Great!

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Every now and then you come across climate that is not so user-friendly. It’s in the High, Dry and Cold and Windy desert environment of Nevada’s high country near Reno. A place with many challenges. Sagebrush and horse trails dot the landscape. It is cowboy country. So what on earth is a Permaculture teacher doing in such a windswept environment? Neil Bertrando lives here and in three years has used […]

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The $500 Cob House

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Fancy a custom built $500 cob house? It’s cheaper than paying rent. Check out Geoff Lawton’s next video, where he investigates an innovative collection of houses built on Warren Brush’s Quail Springs Permaculture Farm in California. These beautifully constructed 96 foot square, one bedroom homes, were a delight to visit. They cost around $500 to construct for the free standing single bedroom homes with most of the labour being donated […]

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Permaculture in Paradise

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34 Years ago Dano Gorsich asked his old permaculture teacher, Bill Mollison, what he should do with his land on the island of Molokai in Hawaii? Bill explained how he should design his tropical house, how it should face to capture the sea breezes, the sun angles, slope and orientation. Bill also suggested that Dano could earn a living by growing fruit and vegetables and then selling them to his […]

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The Fish Ponds of Molokai

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Geoff Lawton visits the Hawaiian Island of Molokai where an 800-year-old traditional fish farming system is being restored. Fish farming has been practiced for centuries in many cultures. The Hawaiians built a sustainable system that worked from the top of the mountain range and ran right down to the base and out to sea. The Hawaiians built a network of terraced gardens – small spring systems in the upper slope […]

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Discovering an Oasis in the American Desert

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We’re out in the hot Sonoran Desert, somewhere near Tucson, Arizona. It’s hot. Very hot. I’m down to a small amount of water in my bottle and it’s disappearing fast. I’m starting to think one could go crazy and possibly die of thirst out here filming this stuff. Luckily I’m with Geoff Lawton and Brad Lancaster, both experts in water harvesting. Geoff, however, has abandoned me under the shade of […]

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Cold Climate Food Forest

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This food forest system is well established and has a number of mature trees that are well over 30 year’s old. It also has a number of younger trees planted below the tree canopy. It is a food forest system that is growing wild with minimal maintenance and has been in the one family for over 40 years. It is a wild mix of nuts, berries, and fruit trees where […]

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How Goats Built My Food Forest and Gave Me Fuel for My Rocket Stove

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When Geoff Lawton told me that he had discovered a novel way to use goats to design his food forest, it seemed a most unlikely idea. In fact I was a little skeptical. Were the goats replacing the work of his interns? Did he manage to train his goats to work with axes and cut down trees? This was something I’d like to see. “No, nothing like that.” explained Geoff, […]

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