Category: Earthworks & Earth Resources

Swales in North Texas Take on 2.5 inches of Rain and Perform Perfectly

In this video, Jack Spirko, shows just how effective good Permaculture Earthworks are in capturing 26,000 Gallons of water from a “barn burner of a storm”. This morning we got 3 hours of pouring rain. Then this afternoon we got hit with close to an inch in less than 30 minutes, and it totally filled the swales and overflowed them all. To drive home how passive this water system is, […]

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Gabions for Gully Erosion Peru

Working on a project in the Sacred Valley Peru, I came across an opportunity to install Gabions to reduce soil erosion on a steep slope. A Gabion is a porous dam wall made from rock and small stones free standing or packed into a wire basket. They combat soil erosion by slowing the flow of water and dropping sediment and organic material behind the rock wall as water slowly leaks […]

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1st month of PRI Practical Diploma at PRI Sunshine Coast, Australia

View from the wonderful pond with forest view I have been traveling around the world for the last 5 years working on permaculture projects and communities in several countries. I shared my nomadic journey in 2 articles which you can see here and here . I decided to settle down for a while and bring my knowledge and experience in managing permaculture systems to the next step. I got the […]

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A Rough Guide on How to Build a Gravity Fed Aquaculture System

INTRODUCTION This is a guide to building a gravity fed aquaculture system the techniques of which can be applied elsewhere. This is such a huge subject that it really requires a book dedicated to it, so here I will tell you only what we did, but I will also point you in the direction of some great resources. This particular system uses a passive flow of water redirected from a […]

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When the Water Ends

“When the Water Ends” tells the story of climate change conflicts in East Africa. For thousands of years, semi-nomadic pastoralists have followed fresh water sources and grazing land. They are accustomed to harsh environments and surviving with limited resources. But with the impacts of climate change, competition for water and pasture is escalating. Increased drought and decreased rainfall is fueling violent conflict over water and grazing lands.

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Part-Time Permaculture Design Certificate course, one Saturday a week over 10-Weeks at PRI Jordan

Permaculture (permanent agriculture but also permanent culture) is a system of design aimed at creating “productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way“. It is a working with, rather than against, nature: what species, what natural elements can we partner with to […]

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Part Two – Nottinghill Forest Garden – 2011: Project Commencement

This is Part two of a series of Articles, that critically discuss’s the Nottinghill Forest Garden Project from Analysis – to Implementation – to Future Idea’s. Part one can be found here Site Preparation Discussion “Mainframe Design” Although observation and basic design began in 2010, we did not commence the garden in earnest until January of 2011. After analyzing our site’s conditions and forming a basic long-term vision for the […]

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Nottinghill Forest Garden – Project Overview 2010 – 2014

This is Part one of a series of Articles, that critically discuss’s the Nottinghill Forest Garden Project from Analysis – to Implementation – to Future Idea’s. Fall 2010: Initial Site Analysis & Goal Setting An initial site analysis for our property was much easier than at others due to a variety of factors: a) we have lived and observed (albeit with less attention to detail than now) the property throughout […]

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Grey Water and Silt Pond Project – Parts 1 and 2

Part One Phil Williams of takes you through a two-part video of him installing a grey water and silt pond project he has. He explains some of the issues and he talks through resolutions to making it work. Phil was a conventional landscape contractor and designer for twelve years. He learned quite a bit about how to run equipment and how to manage a job, but the lack of sustainability […]

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Contour Beds Peru

The ancient Inca also utilised contour patterning in their agriculture. This article will describe the process we took to create kitchen garden contour beds in the Sacred Valley Peru. Contour beds are annual and/or perennial vegetable garden beds that conform to the natural pattern of the landscape. Being on contour means that the paths and beds themselves are level and follow the lay of the land. Not only does this […]

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The Picasso Food Forest

All the pictures included in this page are strictly taken from the Picasso Food Forest. The project Fruttorti di Parma takes inspiration from agro-ecology, agroforestry and permaculture, a design approach for creating sustainable human settlements by imitating natural systems. The Picasso Food Forest is the first experimental site of a public urban food forest in Parma, and maybe in Italy. Started in December 2012, the project aims to create a […]

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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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