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PRI Zaytuna Farm functions as a model farm (in development) and permaculture training facility. Geoff and Nadia Lawton, world-renowned permaculture educators and consultants, lead the project. Much of Geoff and Nadia’s time over the last few years has been spent away from the Institute, consulting and helping set up projects in diverse locales around the world.

Seeing the worldwide demand for knowledgeable permaculture consultants and teachers increase exponentially, as fuel and fertiliser prices skyrocket and the effects of climate change, soil depletion and water shortages begin to hit hard, priority and focus is now shifting back to the Institute, where growing the training program will increase the output of quality teachers to help fill the growing need for them.

Geoff Lawton’s Online PDC Registration Re-opened for a further 24 Hours!

Over the last few days we’ve been inundated with people seeking admittance to do Geoff Lawton’s Online PDC course. People have been phoning and emailing us for help and advice. Some people say they’ve only discovered the course after it was officially closed. Others needed more time to get their tuition funds together. If you’re one of these people and feel like you’ve missed out, Geoff has announced a 24 […]

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Re-Greening a Mountain

When Geoff Lawton says this is the best Permaculture demonstration site on the planet, then you have to stop and listen. “Where is it exactly?” I asked, as I’ve never heard of this place. I didn’t know the Chinese were even into permaculture. “Kadoorie Farm” he said and he insisted we go there and film. “It’s in Hong Kong on a massive mountain. The whole place has been redeveloped. You […]

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Flat Land, Flash Floods and Permaculture

We hear a lot about infiltrating swales with water, but what do you do when you live on very flat and windy land, next to a river that experiences regular flooding and you don’t need any water in your garden because your whole land is one big soakage swale? This is what Minnesota two acre landowner, Bruce Blair experienced 23 years ago when his land was suddenly deluged in a […]

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How to build a Geo-Solar Greenhouse

Imagine if you could trap the energy of the sun and store it, in a bank, for future use when you needed it in the winter? That’s the principle of Annualized Geo-Solar. A fancy name, but a clever way of storing the heat in the ground and using it to warm your greenhouse when its needed in the cold winter months. In the video Geoff Lawton visits a massive community […]

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From Monoculture to Permaculture

When Warren Brush bought a run down orchard near Ventura, California, he knew he was in for the ride of his life transforming it into a Permaculture farm. From an original monoculture persimmon, apple and avocado orchard, it’s a risky challenge to turn all this around and announce you are now also running a creamery and a heritage pig system and a farm stall and then there are the walnuts […]

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Hey! It’s High Cold Dry and Windy and Doing just Great!

Every now and then you come across climate that is not so user-friendly. It’s in the High, Dry and Cold and Windy desert environment of Nevada’s high country near Reno. A place with many challenges. Sagebrush and horse trails dot the landscape. It is cowboy country. So what on earth is a Permaculture teacher doing in such a windswept environment? Neil Bertrando lives here and in three years has used […]

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The $500 Cob House

Fancy a custom built $500 cob house? It’s cheaper than paying rent. Check out Geoff Lawton’s next video, where he investigates an innovative collection of houses built on Warren Brush’s Quail Springs Permaculture Farm in California. These beautifully constructed 96 foot square, one bedroom homes, were a delight to visit. They cost around $500 to construct for the free standing single bedroom homes with most of the labour being donated […]

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Finding Water in the Desert

We were recently filming in Nevada, USA, visiting interesting high dry and cold climate systems. We went out in search of a salt pan to film as a specific landscape feature. Whilst on our journey we came across a large sand dune. It was a mighty Erg, an Erg is a wind blown mountain of sand that resembles a sand dune and they have a classic ability to hold moisture […]

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Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course in Tropical Far North Queensland with Geoff Lawton and Darren Doherty

Teaching a PDC together for the first time ever in Australia PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATE COURSE Monday 17th – Sunday 30th November 2008 Walkamin • Near Cairns • Far North Queensland Don’t miss this unique opportunity to take part in a two week Permaculture Design Certificate Course, taught by two of the best, internationally renowned teachers in the world, teaching a PDC together for the first time ever in Australia. The […]

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