Category: Water

REC community PDC training (April 2015)

A. Introduction A sustainability evaluation of urban agriculture (UA) projects in specific wards in Nelson Mandela Bay in 2012 (Phase I) and 2014 (phase II) has shown that 97% of the school garden were not sustainable. Most projects did not aim to empower gardeners to the point of rendering the garden autonomous. A recommendation was therefore made to test a permaculture – based model of urban agriculture and promote the […]

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Where Did the Water Go in Central Valley California

Matt Powers takes this opportunity to provide an example presentation for my 2014-15 sophomore class’ PowerTalks. mpowersmhs.wikispaces.com Matt discuss the fact that maps are listing out lakes that he has never seen filled with water and talks about many items, one of which is the issues with the current water restrictions. These issues include not being able to flush the toilet or water your own crop garden, but the fact […]

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Nottinghill Forest Garden – 2012: Consolidation & Diversification

This is Part Three (A) 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. Part Two can be found here. 2012: Consolidation & Diversification 2012 Goals After a year full of very hard work establishing the system, it was time to begin to allowing nature to do the work for us. […]

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Eagle’s Deep Permaculture Farm Update

One of Bill Mollison’s famous quote’s is, let your site demonstrate its evolution. Earthworks hydrology construction is one of the first big steps in getting a property established and can be an invaluable investment into its future, so it is something you want to get right. Earthworks going wrong can be very expensive and a major setback for you and your property. We have had a bit over 12 months […]

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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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Supporting SOILS on International Permaculture Day with Geoff Lawton

Geoff Lawton talks “What you can do with Soil in a Desert“, supporting the Soil theme on this upcoming International Permaculture Day from The Greening the Desert Sequel Site in the Jordan Valley (PRI Jordan). Join us worldwide on Sunday 3rd May for International Permaculture Day: In Support of Soil!

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Build your own PotBot Irrigation – An Example of Growing Permaculture Systems from First Principles

Introducing POTBOT irrigation – no it is not the name given to a tubby robot that does the mundane and time consuming task of watering. POTBOT is short for Plant Pot – Bottle dripper Irrigation. Batches of water are trickle released from the main water tank (for security) to batch storage then electronically released to fill in effect little water tanks all set at the same elevation around the garden. […]

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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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A Tale of Two Neighbours

“A Tale of Two Neighbours” is a story of two neighbours on either side of a river. One was an environmentalist who grazed his cattle right up to the edge of the river. The other was Geoff Lawton. If you have ever heard of plant prejudice and how that sentiment plays a role in developing land, then this story will resonate with you. On one side of the river the […]

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Water Management in Urban Areas

Water management in rural areas has always been an issue of great interest. On the one hand, water for human, stock and crop use is critical to living and producing. It is also a major factor in the very visible degradation of streams, the creation of gullies and changes to the natural flora and fauna associated with streams. The common farm-scale actions of clearing, road construction, ploughing, (over) grazing and […]

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