Rough, Ready, But Very Real – a November 2013 Update on the Jordan Valley Permaculture Project (aka ‘Greening the Desert – the Sequel’ Site)

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Project from above, featuring a garbage-accumulating fence edge Well, you would be hard pressed to find a tougher block of land — a 400m below sea level, West facing slope, in an extremely hot, arid climate, with extremely poor, shallow highly alkaline top ‘soil’, covered in rocks, with a limited water supply and in a… Read more »

Geoff Lawton Tour Dates, USA, August-September, 2013

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Click for larger view Contacts for each event: Oakland, San Francisco, California*: Vanessa Carter — vanessa(at)oaec.org Sacramento, California: Dominic Allamano — dominicallamano(at)gmail.com Brooklyn, New York: Eric Seider — e.seider(at)gmail.com Montpelier, Vermont: Ben Falk — design(at)wholesystemsdesign.com Massachusetts: Jonathan Bates — jonathan(at)permaculturenursery.com *Note: The San Francisco, Oakland date is a fund-raiser for sponsoring worthy two-thirds world attendees… Read more »

“Urban Permaculture: The Micro Space” Trailer

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The trailer for my next video is up: "Urban Permaculture: The Micro Space" trailer Register your email here and we’ll let you know when the full movie is ready to watch Many of you have been asking what Permaculture can do for you in the small Urban space. Well, one of my students, Angelo, has… Read more »

Straw Building Passes Quake Test

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After Pakistan was devastated by an earthquake in 2005, Darcey Donovan, an engineer in California, pursued designs for quake-resistant homes using local materials. The result was a straw-bale building. It withstood substantial shaking in tests at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Food MythBusters – Do We Really Need Industrial Agriculture to Feed the World? (video)

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Further Reading: A Farm for the Future (BBC video) The Rodale Institute’s 30-Year Farming Systems Trial Report Biodiverse Systems are More Productive The Food Crisis: “A Perfect Storm” – and How to Turn the Tide Orchestrating Famine – a Must-Read Backgrounder on the Food Crisis Food Futures Now – Feeding People & Place Without Fossil… Read more »

How To Survive the Coming Crises (free Geoff Lawton video)

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At time of writing, our Zaytuna Farm Video Tour video has had almost 11,000 views, after only six months. A lot of people expressed their appreciation for this video, with some describing it as a "free DVD". Where we can, we want to provide more inspirational/instructional material for free, and today I’m writing to let… Read more »

Please Help a Permaculturist in Trouble

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Tiny Eglington, an old friend of mine from a farming background and now long-time permaculture practitioner and teacher, is currently in the Philippines where he had been visiting organic farms there. Tiny has been a big part of pushing organic farming in this region. Unfortunately Tiny is now in hospital with serious health problems. He… Read more »