40 Years into a Cold Climate Food Forest

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Top left: Geoff Lawton inspects a towering Hardy Kiwi Fruit vine snaking across a number of trees. Right: Some of the fruit growing in the Food Forest system. Following up on the interest in Geoff Lawton’s earlier cold climate video on Ben Falk’s Permaculture Farm we’ve decided to show more details on another 40 year… Read more »

A North Island, New Zealand, Permaculture Tour

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Earth dome accommodation We spent 6 weeks in New Zealand recently and during that time tried to visit as many Permaculture projects as we could find and fit in. Our base was Hamilton because my dad lives there. A day trip to Raglan introduced us to Solscape — eco friendly accommodation, retreat, and education in… Read more »

From Desert to Oasis in 4 Years (Jordan)

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Geoff Lawton’s next video in his ever-expanding lineup takes you to Wadi Rum in Jordan where he consulted on a 10 acre organic farm and rebuilt their failing farm into a commercial success. Wadi Rum looks very much like your classic inhospitable desert region. It was used in the early 1960s as the backdrop set… Read more »

Perennial Abundance – Over 200 Food Plants on Just a Tiny 1/10th Acre of Cold Climate Urban Land

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There’s something to be said for the scattergun technique. — planting over 300 edible plants in your backyard to see exactly what sticks, what takes off and what dies in the process. This is the technique used by Permaculture authors Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates when they converted their tiny 1/10 acre suburban backyard into… Read more »

Keyline Design as an Organizing Pattern for Permaculture Design, Part 3 (Sweden)

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This is the third of a series of articles looking at design considerations for our Cold Climate Permaculture site using the Keyline Scale of Permanence as a organizing framework, as well as an informative read for anyone interested.

Laundry to Landscape Urban Greywater Installation: Greening the Sonoran Desert (Phoenix, Arizona)

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This past November (2013), Watershed Management Group’s Green Living Co-op installed a "Laundry to Landscape" greywater system at my house. Enthusiastic co-op member ready to dig in! The Green Living Co-op runs on a barn-raising principle — basically you earn ‘hours’ by participating in other members’ projects.  After you’ve earned a set amount of hours,… Read more »

Preserving the Past to Serve the Future – Wellbeing Farm, A Pragmatic Approach to Permaculture, Transition, and Reskilling (USA)

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After leaving the Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub Waterways Reskilling gathering held on November 23, 2013 I realized that the practitioners who attended and spoke — the Transitioners and Permaculturists, the farmers, millwrights, boat builders, fishermen, engineers, woodworkers, and sail freighters — require a community, a physical location, a place to have re-skilling workshops, to teach classes,… Read more »

Weeds – What Are They Good for? (Victoria, Australia)

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The subject of ‘weeds’ has always seemed to me to incite far more controversy than it should. The best description of a weed is, “a plant out of place”. It seems to me that if you have a weed, then you have an available niche in your garden that an unwanted opportunistic plant has taken… Read more »

Nour Al Barakah – Planting a Sense of Community (Amman, Jordan)

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Store room and NAB sign logo Nadia and I have known Rosemary Bdeir and her daughter Hala now for more than 10 years. Our original connection was through an invitation to consult on their family properties. It was obvious to Nadia and I that they understand the ethics of permaculture and the need for permaculture… Read more »