John D. Liu’s Green Gold Documentary – How the West (and East, North and South!) Could Be Won

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As most of our readers will know, John D. Liu caught a vision years ago, and, thankfully, he ran with it. We’ve shared John’s excellent media work before (see here and here), and today have the pleasure of doing so again…. This new video, Green Gold, was first aired last month on Dutch TV, and… Read more »

Tyre Tank Stands

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A finished tyre tank stand You may remember reading about the work of FoodWaterShelter to develop a sustainable home for vulnerable women and children in Tanzania. And you may recall their innovative approach to water storage. Well here’s another innovative use for old tyres — and one that may alleviate some potential concerns of unwittingly… Read more »

When “Eww” Turns to “Ooh!”

Posted by & filed under Compost, Potable Water, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Soil Rehabilitation, Waste Systems & Recycling, Water Conservation, Water Contaminaton & Loss.

Photos © Craig Mackintosh You’ve heard the Zaytuna Farm composting loo story before, but since this is the first time I’ve personally seen ‘the great chamber changeover’ take place myself, during one of my own visits, I thought I’d share the tale once more.

An Innovative Approach to Water Storage at a Sustainable Tanzanian Home

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Just outside of Arusha, Tanzania, is ‘Kesho Leo’– a sustainable home for vulnerable women and children operated by FoodWaterShelter. The principles of permaculture underpin the daily lives of the Kesho Leo residents. It is currently the home of seven families, each headed by a Tanzanian mama who cares for up to five children, including orphans…. Read more »

Innovative New Irrigation System Could Help Solve Problems for Isolated Communities

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Measured irrigation at Prospect Community Garden In developed nations, at least in the cities and most towns, we take it for granted that when we turn on a tap, water will flow…. When we flip a switch, electricity springs to our command. However this is not the reality for many communities around the world, where… Read more »

Taranaki Farm Videos

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How To Move Your Farm Animals Taranaki Farm shows you how to move a herd of cows, a flock of laying hens, some sheep and a stowaway frog in only 20 minutes… and in the process, heal farmland and local community. Autumn Rain & Keyline Earthworks Pairing Keyline Design farm layout to Polyface Farming methods… Read more »

Earthship Huts – Low Hanging Fruit in the Fight Against Poverty

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Beavers and wasps can build their own homes… — Michael Reynolds History Modern Earthships are shelters built to sustain their occupants by providing energy, water, and waste management through the use of passive systems. They have been designed to meet the rigorous criteria that are found in the building codes of so many western governments…. Read more »

Permaculture in Damaged Lands: Degradation and Restoration in New Mexico

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A certain coal-strewn road in Madrid, New Mexico — the remnants of a now defunct railway. Alternately barren and spectacular, the southwest United States has piqued the imagination of Americans and people across the world for generations. The site of gold rushes, Native American homelands, and a culture of lawlessness that has yet to fade… Read more »

Swale Fail?

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Editor’s Note: It’d be great if more people would share their successes and failures in similar fashion as Greg has below. The reason I say this is three-fold — 1) you get valuable feedback from readers on how to overcome your challenges, 2) readers can learn from your mistakes and thus hopefully avoid them, and… Read more »

Who Needs Grass?

Posted by & filed under Compost, Food Forests, Food Plants - Annual, Food Plants - Perennial, Irrigation, Soil Rehabilitation, Urban Projects, Village Development, Water Conservation, Water Harvesting.

The Kniskerns’ yard is a sustainable smorgasbord Over a period of less than 10 years, James and Mary Kniskern transformed their sod-based lawn into a vibrant, blooming habitat that not only reduces their impact on the land but also rewards them with a bounty of edible plants as well as honey-producing bees. The fifth of… Read more »

Permaculture at The Farm

Posted by & filed under Demonstration Sites, Eco-Villages, Education Centres, Global Warming/Climate Change, Land, Soil Biology, Soil Conservation, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Soil Rehabilitation, Structure, Water Conservation, Water Contaminaton & Loss, Water Harvesting.

Former stockbroker Brian Bankston now calls himself the “Keyline Cowboy” after a carbon farming course at The Farm’s Ecovillage Training Center transformed his life. He quit his job, bought a keyline plow and compost tea brewer, and moved to The Farm. Climate Prophylaxis For the past 10 years or so, the land management decisions of… Read more »