Hi Y’all, Albert Bates here. For most of my life I have been working on ideas that could make the world a little better — more fair, more free, more ecologically and economically sustainable, and more fun. In 1972, straight out of law school, I joined The Farm, an experimental utopian hippy community in Summertown,… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Demonstration Sites
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 »
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 »
The author, testing out the new sprinkler Australia is a country of extremes. One part can have floods, whilst the other part is having massive bushfires and heatwaves. In Southern Australia, where I am, summer comes with extreme heat and the potential of very little rain. So a lot of my summer activity involves dealing… Read more »
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 »
Kampala (the capital of Uganda) is a city where overcrowding seems to suffocate many neighborhoods and where nothing seems to grow. This is also home to a passionate mother of two who dedicates her life to transforming her community with her green practices. With only a lot of 15 meters by 9 meters, this is… Read more »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
This is an introduction to Crystal Waters, covering permaculture design, innovative housing design, intentional community living and land restoration. Crystal Waters is situated in rural southeast Queensland, Australia. Filmed in 2001-2002.