A Chance to Dig For Permaculture Gold in Tasmania With Ringo (Earthworks Courses, February 2015)

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I first met Paul ‘Ringo’ Kean sometime during the early portion of 2009 while staying at Zaytuna Farm. That year, we had the good fortune of being given the opportunity to take a number of courses being offered with both Geoff Lawton and Paul Taylor as instructors. From my time becoming acquainted with Ringo –… Read more »

Take a PDC with Rhamis Kent in Marrakesh, Morocco (December 22, 2014 – January 5, 2015)

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We will be running a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course between December 22nd to January 5th, 2015! This 15-Day intensive course follows the standard accredited 72-hour course and will include several hands-on sessions including making Bio-vital compost, bio fertilizer, actively aerated compost tea, vegetable beds and organic gardening, land surveying, natural building and much more!… Read more »

An Embarrassment for Both Yale University and the New York Times: “To Save the Planet, Don’t Plant Trees”

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Dr. Nadine Unger, an assistant professor of atmospheric chemistry at Yale, had an op-ed published in the Opinion Pages of the September 19, 2014 edition of the New York Times. Both the title of her piece and its analysis of the article’s focus — climate change — have drawn quite a response, as one would… Read more »

More Thinking Out Loud About Earth Repair Tools: The Agricultural Specification Unimog

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Continuing with the theme of my last piece, another ideal potential equipment platform is the agricultural spec’d Unimog, manufactured by Mercedes-Benz. These are highly versatile and very reliable vehicles equipped with capabilities typically associated with tractors — namely 3-point linkages, PTOs (Power Take Offs), and hydraulics. Just as with the tractor, a broad array of… Read more »

TERA (Tracked Earth Repair Apparatus) For Large Scale Earth Repair

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“Mechanized labour” in the form of earthmoving equipment, tractors, and the myriad attachments that may be utilized in conjunction with their use provide us with an amazing opportunity to perform a great deal of beneficial work. They help in rapidly establishing efforts to reverse land degradation and desertification on a grand scale. It’s an immense… Read more »

Soil Carbon Cowboys – Case Studies in Holistic Management (video)

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Meet Allen Williams, Gabe Brown and Neil Dennis — heroes and innovators! These ranchers now know how to regenerate their soils while making their animals healthier and their operations more profitable. They are turning on their soils, enabling rainwater to sink into the earth, rather than run off. And these turned on soils retain that… Read more »

3D Orthographic Mapping

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As designers, trainers and practitioners we’re always looking for tools that will help in realizing our design visions. One of the relatively recent developments that allows for the transfer of these ideas from our minds onto landscape is the emergence of 3D orthographic mapping software used in conjunction with drones.

Permaculture and Ecosystem Restoration: Interview with Rhamis Kent (podcast)

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Malaysian radio station, BFM, spoke to Rhamis Kent, a Permaculture / Ecosystem Restoration Consultant and Educator, about the rapid growing interest in sustainable development and permaculture. Rhamis shares with us his experiences working on a number of different permaculture projects across the world from Somalia and Yemen to Jordan. He also discusses his hope to… Read more »

Thinking Out Loud: Rentier Capitalism, Natural Capitalism, and Permaculture – A Few Observations

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Ecological destruction and environmental degradation are merely symptoms of a more profound structural economic problem endemic to industrialization and consumerism. As can readily be observed, these are systems based on a flawed operational and ideological premise that believes it can “generate profit” by consuming its capital — the most important being nature itself. Ostensibly, fossil… Read more »

Allan Savory – Reversing Global Warming while Meeting Human Needs (videos)

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Reversing Global Warming while Meeting Human Needs — an Urgently Needed Land-Based Option Allan Savory never ceases to amaze and encourage me. It was really great seeing him present his recent TED Talk — and we now have another opportunity to see him speak. Tufts University hosted an event where he was given the floor… Read more »