Letters from Jordan: ‘Greening the Desert – the Sequel’ Site Contrasts Against Jordan Insanities

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Staring into the eyes of the future of Jordan, one wonders how things could be…. All Photographs © Craig Mackintosh Al Jazeera’s very recent feature of the new ‘Greening the Desert’ site Introduction Why did the photojournalist cross the road? It sounds like the beginning of a joke, and, in a way, it was. I… Read more »

Getaway Films Talks to David Spicer About Water Issues in Morocco (Video)

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Here’s a sneak peek at Morocco — looking at water issues and the need to relearn traditional catchment management whilst adding in modern permaculture techniques of water harvesting and food forest development. David’s point about market gluts due to farmers all growing the same crop and harvesting it all at the same time is an… Read more »

Small Update on the Recent Small Dam and Fish Pond Installation (Video)

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Five days ago I edited together and uploaded some video files that Geoff Lawton sent through of a recent small dam and fish pond installation during the recent Earthworks course at Zaytuna Farm. Since then Geoff has sent through a few more clips that might interest you. You see, just after I uploaded the first… Read more »

Urban Pool-to-Pond Conversion – Two-Year Progress Report

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We’re writing on-going articles about the many aspects of this urban permaculture project in a Mediterranean climate, here in California, now two years underway. Today’s article: pool-to-pond conversion — complete! by Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper My husband and I have been actively working on an urban 2/3 acre permaculture project for two years this month. We began… Read more »

Small Dam/Fish Pond Installation – October 2011 Earthworks Course with Geoff Lawton

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In this short video Geoff walks us through an overview of a small dam/fish pond installation at the PRI’s Zaytuna Farm in northern NSW, Australia. If you’d like to get a better understanding of the why and how of permaculture earthworks, you could purchase the Water Harvesting DVD, or, better yet, book on one of… Read more »

Why Food Forests?

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Image source: Permaculture a Beginner’s Guide, by Graham Burnett We’re all familiar with the concept of forests — lush, abundant expanses of pristine wilderness, teeming with life, a richness of biodiversity and awe-inspiring to behold. Trees and plants intertwined, filling every possible space, the very well-spring of life itself! Forests exist fine on their own…. Read more »

The Rodale Institute’s 30-Year Farming Systems Trial Report

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The Rodale Institute’s 30-year Farming Systems Trial report (1.3mb PDF) The Rodale Institute has been, for a full 30 years now, conducting a long-term comparative Farming Systems Trial. Starting in 1981, when it was already abundantly clear that industrialising nature was creating far more problems than it solved, the Rodale Institute began documented research comparing… 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 »

Roberto Perez Rivero: “Permaculture’s Use of Water in Time of Climate Change – the Cuban Experience” (IPC Presentation – Video)

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Roberto Perez Rivero gives his presentation at the IPC10, Amman, Jordan Photographs © Craig Mackintosh Roberto Perez Rivero gave an excellent presentation at the Tenth International Permaculture Conference (IPC10). Watch it below. As the projector wasn’t the best, you may also want to make use of the links below to download the slideshow from this… Read more »

Two New School Permaculture Projects for Ethiopia

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by Geraldine Quinlan, from Ireland, a new intern at the Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge in Ethiopia 1. Gocha In the morning we visited Gocha Primary School. Before starting work together Tichafa gathered everyone in the classroom. He spoke about the importance of growing food for independence from food aid and eventually to sell at the… Read more »

Roman- and Byzantine-era Cisterns of the Past Reviving Life in the Present

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Editor’s Note: Brad Lancaster has established himself as one of the world’s leading permaculture dryland authorities. Brad will be participating in the soon-to-begin International Permaculture Conference (IPC10) in Jordan, across September 2011, both with co-teaching the pre-IPC PDC and as one of the speakers at the Conference itself. If you wish to book your place… Read more »