Alice Gray

Returning the Rain to Jordan

Alice has recently had this article published on www.alaraby.co.uk. “The most severe problem we face in Jordan is water scarcity,” says Mohammed Ayesh of the country’s Royal Botanic Gardens. “Most of our other problems stem from that – like food security, economic hardship, or the loss of biodiversity.” Jordan is among the world’s three most water scarce nations, according to a recent UN report, and is situated in one of […]

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Permaculture and the Sustainability of Resistance

One man’s struggle for sustainable farming on his land in the occupied West Bank is not only a fight against occupation. It suggests that international environmental law provides a legal avenue for Palestinians to sue for their rights. Fayez and Muna Taneeb harvesting beans in one of their polytunnels (photo Alice Gray) Fayez al-Taneeb is an energetic man with a vision – of community resilience and sustainability. He is an […]

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Responding to Gaza’s Tragedy and the Power of Networks – Rebuilding Gaza Sustainably

I couldn’t watch. I couldn’t look away. Another Israeli bombing campaign in Gaza — the fourth such event since I moved to Palestine eight years ago. The mounting death toll, the blood-drenched images, the shattered buildings, the raids on UN shelters where people sought shelter, the bombing of hospitals and other vital infrastructure such as the power station. Water shortage, death, destruction. Again. It’s enough to make you want to […]

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Rebuilding at Abed’s (West Bank)

Abed is a farmer from Al Wallajah village who has been living in a cave on his land for 17 years, attempting to resist displacement by Israeli authorities and to maintain and care for his family’s land. He lives in a cave because he is not allowed to build according to Israeli military law. He is not connected to water, sewage or electricity networks. In caring for the land he […]

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Hidden Gardens of a Sacred Landscape (Egypt)

The Makhad Trust works to restore the mountain gardens of the Jebalia Bedouin in St Katherine’s governorate, Sinai, Egypt. by Alice Gray Mahmoud, a Makhad field worker, shows the way to Wadi ‘Tlaa, an oasis amidst the barren rocks of the high mountains. I first heard about this great organisation from Jeff Anderson, one of the graduates of my most recent permaculture course in Qasr A Sir. Since I had […]

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Of Permaculture and Pastoralism: Heroes and Villains?

State tractors ploughing in the barley crops of the Al Hawashleh tribe (our hosts) outside Qasr A Sir in March of this year Having recently finished teaching my third PDC course in the Bedouin village of Qasr A Sir in the Negev desert of Israel, I feel inspired to raise this controversial issue with the permaculture community. I would like to state from the outset that I do not have […]

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Sinking the Lifeboats: Reflections on a Visit to Herbaiet A Nabi, South Hebron Hills

It was on the second week of the PermaNegev course that I arranged a visit to the small village of Herbaiet a Nabi in the south Hebron Hills. We were going to inspect the renewable energy installations put in place there by the Israeli NGO Comet-ME (www.comet-me.org), and to gain a better understanding of the politics of dispossession that form the ever-present background to the lives of the rural Arab […]

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Six Week Intensive Permaculture Courses in the Negev

We will be offering another Permaculture Course at the Bustan EcoKhan this summer. Sign up now to study permaculture in the Negev Desert! Intensive Permaculture, Arabic and Middle Eastern program at the Bedouin village of Qasr A-Sir. The 6-week intensive permaculture course allows participants to work closely with the indigenous Bedouin community of Qasr A-Sir in a merging of ancient traditional practices with cutting-edge permaculture design. Practice natural building and […]

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The Search for Sustainability in the Negev

The Bedouin of the Negev are an ancient people whose cultural history spans centuries, if not millennia. Historically, the Bedouin have been semi-nomadic pastoralists, who made the desert their own through a combination of dry-land farming of forage crops and cereals, rainwater harvesting and seasonal mobility: rotating their presence between their winter and summer grazing grounds. When water and forage ran short, they would move on to another place where […]

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Bustan Qaraaqa, West Bank, Seeks Two Permaculture Interns

Bustan Qaraaqa is a community permaculture project in the Palestinian West Bank. The project consists of an experimental permaculture farm in the town of Beit Sahour close to the historic city of Bethlehem, and several community projects where staff and volunteers work together with Palestinian community groups and individuals to implement permaculture initiatives that have been tried and tested at the farm. The project has been in operation for almost […]

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Extended Permaculture Design Course in the Negev

What: Extended Permaculture Design Course When: The itinerary is based on weeks of 5 days where the weekends are free for advancing individual projects, rest or travel in Israel. Program starts on the 11th of March and ends on 15th of August 2012. Where: The course and accommodations will take place at the Eco khan of Qasr A-Sir, a Bedouin village next to Dimona, Israel. Vision for Bustan course: This […]

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