Editor’s Note: Beginning 2 December 2013, Alex is running another PDC at the developing Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge in southern Ethiopia. Following that will be a four-week Internship, starting 16 December, 2013. Why not book your place and head off for the learning and cultural immersion experience of a lifetime! This is a write up… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Demonstration Sites
Raised rock beds provide a solid but permeable edge Many years ago, out of a desire to be able to plant more fruit trees, I purchased a forested block of land. It wasn’t a particularly good bit of land, or even well adapted to my desires. What the property had in its favour was that… Read more »
As the world reels under the threat of unrelenting climate change, erratic monsoons and fast depleting groundwater reserves, The Miracle Water Village narrates the inspirational story of impoverished farming community in India that reversed its fortunes through its visionary model of water management. Lying in one of the worst drought-prone regions of India, the village… Read more »
by William Park, Acaté Amazon Conservation View of fish pond on Matsés land with small farm on hillside The Matsés indigenous people are master farmers, and it seems strange to even suggest farming ideas to people who live almost entirely off the land. The problem is that their traditional small-scale swidden (slash-and-burn) approaches to farming,… Read more »
Who said winter was a quiet time on the farm. I have to say we’ve never been busier, preparing, planting and more.
Introduction to the Permaculture Design Course Most of the group (mainly the foreigners) arrived at Strawberry Fields Eco-Lodge with the preconception that it was in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nothing but, what we call in Kenya, the Bundu (i.e. the wilderness). We were pleasantly surprised to find that the lodge is located just… Read more »
India’s Foundation for Ecological Security is currently in the process of restoring over half a million acres of common land in small scale farming communities across the country. The video above, from our friends John D. Liu and his team at the EEMPC, will give you an excellent look at the work of the foundation… Read more »
This was just one more reminder to look beyond the details and not to become a pompous permaculturist. I remember looking at Hainan on a world map at my parents house in Roseburg, Oregon in the U.S.A. and wondering what it’d be like to go there. I did the same with Taiwan, and I suppose… Read more »
At the same time as the 36-inch snow storm hit the East Coast of the US in early February, 2013, I found myself standing on an island in the Bahamas. With no way to ‘escape’ I decided to accept my situation and make the best of it. I had been invited to speak at a… Read more »
by Zaia Kendall The Earthworks course initiated the first week of August. As we were not undertaking a major Earthworks project on the property, everyone had a look at works already done on the property and a dam being dug elsewhere. Contour and surveying was taught and some practical experience had. The plants planted on… Read more »
by Jyoti Deshpande, Chaitraban It has been almost three years, and, as Toby Hemenway says, the magic is happening! The trees are yielding shiny tasty food, the variety of weeds on the land is slowly reducing, the soil is a darker colour now and there are tons and tons of predatory insects patrolling the site.
A seed to plant in the ground and the mind If there is going to be a revolution, it must be a revolution of consciousness, so the saying goes. Fortunately, these words are slowly becoming a realisation as many conscious communities across Australia and abroad come together to make a change. Among them, are the… Read more »