Chinampas 2.0 – an Elegant Technology From the Past to Save the Future

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Chinampas in Tenochtitlan My name is Rodrigo Lañado and I’m known as “El Hombre de Maiz” (the maize man) and I represent Hombres de Maiz, which is a project I developed after dropping out from college in 2010 to dedicate myself entirely to my biggest passion — permaculture — thanks to the inspiration I received… Read more »

One Desert City Turns Stormwater into an Abundant Oasis using Green Infrastructure Practices

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At 7:30 Sunday morning, April 21, 2013, people began to gather on a barren lot in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The temperature was already climbing into the 80s and the lot’s bare dirt reflected both heat and light, making lingering uncomfortable. By 8:00 AM, more than 30 neighborhood volunteers, Youth Hostel guests, Green Living Co-op members,… Read more »

Where Hope Flows

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If the “hardest-worked river in the world” can recover to this extent, almost anything is possible. by George Monbiot River Wandle Photo: Keith Rose Warning: this article begins with a spoiler. If you have not read The Road already and intend to do so, please skip the first three paragraphs. Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road,… Read more »

Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge: Kitchen Grey-Water System Report of Implementation and Design Update (Ethiopia)

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Biological Cleaning, Community Projects, Demonstration Sites, Education Centres, Irrigation, Land, Plant Systems, Waste Systems & Recycling, Waste Water, Water Conservation, Water Harvesting.

As most of us know, grey water is a term used to refer to “waste” water that has been used once in any domestic system except for toilets (which is referred to as black water). However grey water from the kitchen may be considered as “dark grey” water on account of the fact that it… Read more »

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

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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 »

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 »

Water Not Fit to Drink

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From pathogens, biological drugs, illicit drugs to arsenic, by Prof Joe Cummins A fully referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. An intact forest ecosystem protects and supplies the watershed Photo © Craig Mackintosh Unpolluted healthy drinking water is a right not a privilege…. Read more »

Greening the Desert Internship 2012 – Greener than Ever

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Our one month long internship at the Greening the Desert Project (the ‘Sequel site’) just ended. Ten students arriving from seven different countries were part of the first internship to take place at the project site in the Dead Sea Valley in Jordan. This will be a journey through pictures on what Geoff, Nadia, the… Read more »