Category: Biological Cleaning

Urban Pool-to-Pond Conversion – Two-Year Progress Report

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 the design and subsequent installation at a residence in October of 2009 and it continues […]

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Brad Lancaster: “Urban Water Harvesting Systems” (IPC Presentation – Video)

Brad Lancaster presents at the IPC10, Amman, Jordan, Sept. 2011 Photographs © PRI Brad of harvestingrainwater.com has well-honed presentation skills — urban water harvesting has never been more interesting and compelling than after Brad has laid it all before you, and injected no small measure of fun and humour into it as well. I applaud Brad’s valuable contribution to the permaculture toolkit, as I’m sure will you after watching the […]

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Permaculture in Nyumbani Village, the Birth of PRI Kenya, and a New Course With Warren Brush

Nyumbani Village, which is a program of the Children of God Relief Institute (COGRI) caring for both HIV infected and affected children, aims to establish a self-sustaining, community-based residential village serving children orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS. This is being achieved through providing a family like settling where the orphans are under stewardship of destitute elderly grandparents in a family like structure and are provided with adequate social support, […]

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A Tale of Two Tokyos – Domestic Robots and Permaculture Bathrooms

Written a year ago by Cecilia Macaulay Robot and charcoal-fired tea ceremony brazier Roving, roving. I’m now staying in Central Tokyo, at my usual home with the Ota family. This morning I reached for the broom, I got a surprise. Professor Ota came running out "No No!" He bent down, fiddled with something on the floor, and out it sprang — the floor-sweeping robot.

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Hemp for Victory?

I figure this video will stimulate some potentially useful discussion. It features portions of an interesting WWII-era production, titled Hemp for Victory, made by the U.S. government to encourage U.S. farmers into the cultivation of hemp to fill the escalating demand for industrial fibre during the war. This was not too long after the U.S. had introduced, during the height of the Great Depression, the 1937 Marihuana tax, which had […]

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Permaculture in Public Spaces

Lake County, California, is a rural area on the edge of the San Francisco Bay Area. Though it’s surrounded by extremely wealthy areas, Lake County is unique; it is one of the least densely populated counties in the state of California, with one of the highest rates of poverty and unemployment. The agricultural industries that once thrived in the area are mostly gone, and most people struggle to earn a […]

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City Kids Move to the Country – Part V

Pit-falls, projects and laughs from our permaculture journey – Part 5 “What’s that smell?” asks Chris. “I don’t know. It’s really familiar. It smells like… cat food,” I reply. “It smells like shit,” he says.

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City Kids Move to the Country – Part IV

Editor’s Note: This article was written in mid-December, when Queensland’s rains were nothing like that witnessed of late, and which have caused the catastrophic flooding in many towns and cities across the state. I mention this to ensure people realise Nicola was not being insensitive with timing of a Queensland- and water-based article. Our thoughts go out to all who have suffered in the recent deluges. Pit-falls, projects and laughs […]

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Constructing a Fishpond Dam

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. As most of the production occurs in the upper levels of water, a depth of […]

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Jordan Valley Permaculture Project – November 2010 Update

The Jordan Valley Permaculture Project (aka ‘Greening the Desert – the Sequel’) in Al Jawaseri in the Dead Sea Valley (lowest place on earth), continues to develop as we gradually fund the project into action with our own permaculture education programs, volunteers and funding from Muslim Aid Australia and Kids are Sweet of Wisconsin, USA. The male and female shower and compost toilet block is now reaching completion using a […]

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Reducing Urban Water Use

by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt once noted that "civilized people ought to know how to dispose of the sewage in some other way than putting it into the drinking water." The one-time use of water to disperse human and industrial wastes is an outmoded practice, made obsolete by new technologies and water shortages. Yet it is still common around much of the world. Water […]

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