Permacultureists and avid students from all around the globe, who have a keen interest in learning more about dry climates and seeing for themselves how the desert has in-fact turned green, descend on this little village, in Jordan, in the Dead Sea valley.
The Dead Sea valley is the lowest exposed land on Earth and the conditions here are challenging. Soil is poor and rainfall is minimal. However, permaculture solutions are transforming the landscape in this small village. In this short video (courtesy of Geoff Lawton Online) a group of interns take us through some of the permaculture practices that are responsible for this transformation.
Benson Jack Anthony and Sam Parker Davies (both students of Geoff Lawton) lead us through the changing landscape. At the start there is a strong focus on soil, rainwater catchment and swales. We are then joined by two more interns, Saeed and Joshua, who talk us through the different types of trees (both food and medicinal) on the site. Planting methods and chop and drop techniques are explained, then it’s onto the animal systems.
There is a wonderful sense of building community and lasting friendships, along with helping to create an abundance during The Greening The Desert Project Internship Programme. If you are interested in joining the next Internship, places are currently available and spots can be reserved here.