Category: Biological Cleaning

How to Handle Biomass in Dry Tropical Systems: Mulch Pit Gardens

The dry tropics cover a significant land area of the planet, particularly around the regions of the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. Characterized by a majority of the year when evaporation potential is greater than rainfall, they also support rapid biomass growth during and following the rainy season. Legume species normally form a significant portion of the species present, and provide for rapid biomass production. Management of this biomass can […]

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Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge, Ethiopia: Black Water Filtration System

Black water is the term applied to domestic waste water which carries solid organic waste materials and has a high level of nitrogen and phosphate containing compounds which may be in soluble and non soluble forms. Black water is generally assumed to refer to discharge from flush toilets, while grey water refers to outflow from showers, baths and hand basins, which contains no solid material and generally lower levels of […]

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Permaculture Creek Repair

Story by Nick Huggins. Video by Patrick Blampied. For the past month I have been in and out of airports and driving from one end of the Australian continent consulting and talking Permaculture, and one topic that is of great interest to me – the repair of the Australian Landscape.

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Flavours of Kinesi

It’s 2am. I’m sitting on a nice toilet in a nice hotel room in a nice little town in Africa. But I don’t feel very nice. Three weeks ago I arrived in the town of Musoma on the eastern shore of lake Victoria, Tanzania. It’s my second time here. It’s unusual to return to an old permaculture posting so it felt both strange and comforting to visit old friends. They […]

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Discovering Permaculture in Jordan

This great little clip by Emma Piper-Burket takes an early 2009 look at a couple of permaculture projects in Jordan. These are projects shown at greater length and at a later date (October 2009) in the Greening the Desert II video many of you will have already watched. I’m not sure what exactly what month Emma visited the project, but as our Eric Seider (one of the directors of PRI […]

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The Transformation of Our Urban Home

by Rob Avis In August 2008, my wife Michelle and I returned to Calgary, Canada, after spending one year traveling abroad in search of sustainability solutions. With backgrounds in mechanical engineering, our “sabbatical” started off in Denmark – we were drawn there by the lure of technological solutions to energy issues. After several months of volunteering and filling our brains with information (wind energy, solar applications, passive buildings, biogas, plant […]

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Letters from Chile – the Adobe House and Potty Training

Editor’s Note: This is Part IV of a series. Be sure to catch Part I, Part II, and Part III. The ‘Adobe House’, El Manzano’s ecological demonstration house. All photos © copyright Craig Mackintosh In the middle of the little El Manzano village, on display to all in the community, is the ‘Adobe House’. This demonstration house is a project by Eco Escuela El Manzano to demonstrate to the community […]

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Letters from Zaytuna – Mini Swales in Urban Permaculture Gardens

by Patrick Blampied Swales hold and soak water that would otherwise get away without doing anything positive for your property. In fact it can cause problems – like soil erosion. Swales are critical features in the design of any permaculture project but most of the applications you see on youtube are broad acre properties and many people might think that’s what they’re reserved for. Not true! Small swales are very […]

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Letters from Sri Lanka – Sarvodaya Builds Sri Lanka’s First Eco-Village

Part VII of a series – If you haven’t already, please read Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V and Part VI before continuing. This series is part of my work for the Sustainable (R)evolution book project. One of 55 eco-friendly homes nestled amongst newly established gardens An hour or so south of the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo is the fishing district of Kalutara. Although only […]

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Rosella Waters Earthworks, Phase I, Part B

The Mushroom Dam overlooking the beach area It’s taken a while to find the time to sit down and report on Part B of our earthworks here at Rosella Waters, near Cairns in far North Queensland. Phase I Part A was documented whilst the process was taking place. This latest update however will rely on memory and hurried notes made during the process, together with numerous photos. Large excavations such […]

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Greening the Desert II – Final

The Greening the Desert II video I shared with you recently was edited in Jordan. Now that I’m back at my desk again I’ve had time to edit it slightly. I’ve added the original five-minute Greening the Desert clip in to the front of it, to ensure viewers have context for Part II (and we’ve also had requests for both to be made available together), as well as cut a […]

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