Floodplains: the Biggest Slow-Release Water Source Around

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Article and diagrams copyright © Cam Wilson At the top end of the Marshalls’ property on the Southern Tablelands, NSW, Australia, the creek is bone dry. This spot, fed by 1250 Ha of native forest, has been that way for 10 weeks now. Meanwhile, 1.2 km downstream at the base of their property, flowing past… Read more »

A Computer Geek Starts a Garden, Part I – Background, Design and Initial Implementation

Posted by & filed under Compost, Consumerism, Demonstration Sites, Economics, Food Forests, Food Shortages, Global Warming/Climate Change, Land, Peak Oil, Plant Systems, Society, Soil Biology, Soil Composition, Soil Conservation, Soil Rehabilitation, Structure, Trees, Urban Projects, Village Development, Water Conservation, Water Harvesting.

The yard in winter, before work begins… A great many people today are living in fear. The future looks uncertain, but bleak. Many cannot see a future at all. The post-WWII baby boomer generation, with their short-lived cheap energy era, have been largely calling the shots, shaping the world we have today. After the miseries… Read more »

Lettuce Tree – Using Vertical Space for Balconies and Small Spaces

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I am trying to get the most out of my balcony space. Obviously, the vertical direction is the way to go… by Martin Korndoerfer Inspired by other bloggers, I wanted to try my luck with the much acclaimed lettuce tree. Reported challenges have been to keep the soil in the upper part from drying out…. Read more »

Food Forests, Part 5: Water – Friend and Foe

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I always thought that rain was a nurturing and gentle aspect of nature. You know how it is, you get a bit of rain and it helps all of the plants to grow, provides water for us and the animals and generally stops the place from drying out. That was my thinking back in an… Read more »

Darren Doherty Speaking at FACETS 2012

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On August 24, 2012 Skillset in partnership with Net Balance and ABC Rural presented FACETS 2012, a TEDx styled event that focused on key issues for regional Australia: Food, Agriculture, Climate, Energy, Topsoil and Sustainability. FACETS 2012 consisted of 16 presentations of no more than 18 minutes each, delivered by passionate and informed people with… Read more »

Imprinting Soils – Creating Instant Edge for Large Scale Revegetation of Barren Lands

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With the U.S. and other countries caught in unprecedented droughts, and arid areas of the world growing in tandem, this simple method for speeding revegetation at scale offers a lot of promise. Imprinting roller Imprinted soil The barren, arid landscapes of the world are notoriously hard to revegetate. Indeed, the earth in these regions is… Read more »

Reflections on Dryland Water Management in Portugal

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A reflection following a great time finding solutions for dryland water management in Portugal by Richard Perkins I’m enjoying working on a job connecting up extensive irrigation in the mountains of Extremadura, Spain, and relaxing for a couple of days after a successful and effective Dryland Water Management intensive at the budding Permaculture Institute, Vale… Read more »

Fernglade Farm – Early Spring (September) 2012 Update (Australia)

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Writing the series about Food Forests has made me aware of how much interest there is in them and how they can vary from region to region, but it also highlighted to me just how difficult it may be for people to actually visit a food forest. However, thanks to the wonders of the internet… Read more »

Tales from La Angostura, Guatemala, A Project in the Making – Chapter 3: Preparing to do Something

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Click for larger view To be sure, buying a nice piece of land requires a lot of effort and a few happy accidents. Things have to happen ‘just right’ in order for you to acquire a highly valuable property with little cash and a lot of complications, but, who said it was going to be… Read more »

Vertical Gardens

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by Frank Gapinski Making use of vertical wall space located in a sunny spot is a great way to grow your garden. In fact you don’t need pumps or complicated equipment to start growing your own vegetable garden. As long as you have a consistent amount of sunshine of around 6 hours per day and… Read more »

High-Tech Help for Amazonian Farmers

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by Rick Pickett, Eco-Ola In our three-years of experience in the Peruvian Amazon we’ve learned that equipment and techniques tried and proven elsewhere often don’t function well here. The combination of primitive infrastructure, intense heat, and high humidity wreaks havoc with equipment. Luckily for us, and the community of Mazán, we have Rick Pickett to… Read more »