Natural Swimming Pools for Passive Holistic Education, Increased Diversity, and Health

Posted by & filed under Aquaculture, Biodiversity, Biological Cleaning, Community Projects, Natural Swimming, Plant Systems, Urban Projects.

Where I grew up, I had two swimming choices. The first was in various rivers and ‘swimming holes’ (deeper parts of rivers, where the shape of the riverbank creates a calmer, very slow-flowing area to bathe in) around the town I lived in, and the second was the local public swimming pool. The former, while… Read more »

Keyline Design as an Organizing Pattern for Permaculture Design, Part 2 (Sweden)

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This is part 2 of a series of 5 articles looking at design considerations for our Cold Climate Permaculture site using the Keyline Scale of Permanence as a organizing framework, as well as an informative read for anyone interested. The aesthetic curves of the Keyline layout at ridgedale PERMACULTURE The previous article introduced some basic… 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 »

Let the Water Do the Work: Induced Meandering, an Evolving Method for Restoring Incised Channels

Posted by & filed under Dams, DVDs/Books, Earth Banks, Gabions, Irrigation, Land, Limonia, Material, Natural Swimming, Potable Water, Regional Water Cycle, Roads, Soil Conservation, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Soil Rehabilitation, Storm Water, Surveying, Swales, Terraces, Water Conservation, Water Contaminaton & Loss, Water Harvesting.

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 »

PRI Ridge Point Dam Earthworks

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by Gordon Williams On the 31st of January the Permaculture Earthworks course at Zaytuna Farm began with good weather and a group of enthusiastic students ready to see the process of laying the groundwork for functional rainwater harvesting features in landscapes. During the week a variety of works were conducted across the property, including a… Read more »

Constructing a Fishpond Dam

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The spillway that sets the height of the water and allows for passive discharge of surplus water during large rainfall events We can build a dam to serve specifically as a fish pond and which can be designed to be more productive for aquaculture systems generally, compared with stocking an existing farm dam with fish…. Read more »

Rosella Waters Earthworks, Phase I, Part B

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The Mushroom Dam overlooking the beach area It’s taken a while to find the time to sit down and report on Part B of our earthworks here at Rosella Waters, near Cairns in far North Queensland. Phase I Part A was documented whilst the process was taking place. This latest update however will rely on… Read more »

Letters from Sri Lanka – Greywater Recycling at Kuttam Pokuna (the Twin Pools)

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Novice Buddhist monks listen to their instructor Photos Copyright © Craig Mackintosh Last time I spoke about the world’s largest earthworks project – an incredible and unrivalled example of large scale water harvesting. Today we continue the tale, highlighting the beautiful and practical Kuttam Pokuna, or Twin Pools, found at Anuradhapura in north-central Sri Lanka.

Convert Your Eco-Unfriendly Swimming Pool into a Biologically Active and Attractive Fish Farm!

Posted by & filed under Animal Forage, Aquaculture, Biological Cleaning, Fish, Food Plants - Perennial, Food Shortages, Natural Swimming, Plant Systems, Urban Projects.

Could converting swimming pools into fish ponds be another way to increase food security as we head out onto peak oil’s downhill slope? A Permaculture fish pond in development Swimming pools get a bad rap in enviro-circles, and for good reason. They cost a great deal to construct – using a lot of CO2 intensive… Read more »