Let the Water Do the Work: Induced Meandering, an Evolving Method for Restoring Incised Channels

Posted by & filed under Dams, DVDs/Books, Earth Banks, Gabions, Irrigation, Land, Limonia, Material, Natural Swimming, Potable Water, Regional Water Cycle, Roads, Soil Conservation, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Soil Rehabilitation, Storm Water, Surveying, Swales, Terraces, Water Conservation, Water Contaminaton & Loss, Water Harvesting.

The volume reviewed below comes highly recommended for all Permaculturists working in or around any water channels, and particularly on the broad-acre. While the methods happen to apply most immediately in drylands, they will apply directly anywhere that erosion, down-cutting, rapid gully formation, and other forms of channel incision occur. Keep in mind that these… Read more »

Positive Examples of Agricultural and Community Transformation in Kenya

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Community Projects, Dams, Demonstration Sites, Earth Banks, Education Centres, Food Shortages, Global Warming/Climate Change, GMOs, Health & Disease, Irrigation, Land, Plant Systems, Soil Biology, Soil Conservation, Soil Rehabilitation, Swales, Terraces, Village Development, Waste Systems & Recycling, Water Conservation, Water Harvesting.

I’m adding the following clips as a positive supplement to the preceding post. I think it’s important to see that positive work is happening, and that GMOs are not only not needed, but they are a definite threat to these excellent efforts. Permaculturists working, or intending to work, in Kenya could potentially find ways to… Read more »

Chop-N-Drop – Mulching Permaculture Style

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Chop-N-Drop is a Permaculture term used to describe a simple, yet highly-efficient system of creating mulch. Plants that make good mulch are pruned frequently and the cuttings are dropped directly on the ground below. This creates a beneficial layer of organic material that helps conserve water, reduce weeds and create food for nearby plants through… Read more »

Earthworks Course – Zaytuna Farm, The Channon, May 2011

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The sun works on an 11 year cycle over which it radiates heat at varying levels upon the earth. The cycle is observed by counting the frequency and placement of sunspots visible on the sun. Currently we are at a peak of the cycle whereby the sun is radiating a maximum amount of heat and… Read more »

PRI Ridge Point Dam Earthworks

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by Gordon Williams On the 31st of January the Permaculture Earthworks course at Zaytuna Farm began with good weather and a group of enthusiastic students ready to see the process of laying the groundwork for functional rainwater harvesting features in landscapes. During the week a variety of works were conducted across the property, including a… Read more »

Observations and Interactions at the Jordan Valley Permaculture Project (aka ‘Greening the Desert – the Sequel’)

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Is it any wonder with daily reminders of the widening disparity between exponential population growth and water and food scarcity, so many of us begin to question the possibility of long term sustainable human habitation on the planet? Being a constant witness to damage caused by modern agricultural practices — motivated and driven largely by… Read more »

Permaculture Taking Off in Hawaii

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The Permaculture Research Institute USA has partnered with Sust`ainable Molokai to embark on the bold mission of permeating the Hawaiian Islands with permaculture goodness. Traditional Hawaiian agricultural systems, before the arrival of Europeans, were ingenious and sustainable. Indeed, their ahupua`a systems, known as high island ‘Ohana’ systems to permaculturists, are one of the few truly… Read more »

City Kids Move to the Country – Part V

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Pit-falls, projects and laughs from our permaculture journey – Part 5 “What’s that smell?” asks Chris. “I don’t know. It’s really familiar. It smells like… cat food,” I reply. “It smells like shit,” he says.

Wa`a Moloka`i: Island-Sized Food Security Through a 21st Century Living Canoe

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Original Atrwork by Anthony Dohanos of Pahoa, Hawaii Food security and canoes go hand-in-hand in Hawaii. When the Hawaiian Islands were first settled around 750 A.D., and for many generations after that, Polynesian voyagers stocked their massive double-hauled canoes with specific crops necessary for colonization. While a wide variety of plants and trees were already… Read more »

Update on the Jordan Valley Permaculture Project (aka ‘Greening the Desert, the Sequel’): “Leave All Expectations Behind”

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I felt fully prepared leaving for Jordan three weeks ago. Equipped with a 55ltr backpack laden with books, a compost thermometer, a dumpy level as hand luggage and a few well chosen words of advice from former patrons of the land: "Leave all expectations behind". In fact, as i remember correctly, it was to "flush… Read more »

Permaculture Design for Horses, People & Habitat

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Click for larger view (Designed by N. Huggins & M. van den Berg ©MB Equine Services) Introduction I want to share with you a few things about a permaculture design project I finished in late October 2010. Details of the design, some details of working with clients on design projects, basic costing and what to… Read more »

First Steps to a Food Forest in the Southern Tablelands

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by Dominick ter Huurne & Inke Falkner Having found the bush block we had long been searching for, a protracted settlement period gave us plenty of time to decide exactly what we wanted to do with it. At 40 hectares the property was much larger than we had ever envisaged buying, but we fell in… Read more »