Kickstarting a Permaculture School for Barbados

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Community Projects, Demonstration Sites, Education Centres, Urban Projects.

To Sustainability and Beyond! Kickstarting a Permaculture school to teach people how to grow food, repair landscapes and build community. Why an Education Centre for Permaculture? Humanity is more than ever threatened by its own actions; we hear a lot about the need to minimize footprints and to reduce our impact. But what if our… Read more »

Using Practical Permaculture Principles to Help Us Think Like an Ecosystem

Posted by & filed under Commercial Farm Projects, Courses/Workshops, Demonstration Sites, Education Centres, Plant Systems.

At Hill Top Farm the functions and dynamics of healthy natural ecosystems provide the framework and inspiration for our on-farm decision-making, as well as the structure and content of our Permaculture courses. Nature has had millions of years to fine tune the process of designing sustainable self-maintaining ecosystems. Natural ecosystems, whether they are rainforests or… Read more »

New Trees in Guatemala That Are Not Just for Reforestation

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Commercial Farm Projects, Community Projects, Education Centres, Food Forests, Food Plants - Perennial, Markets & Outlets, Medicinal Plants, Processing & Food Preservation, Trees, Village Development.

Special bicycle for shelling coffee beans It sounds strange to speak of poverty as an exciting opportunity, but many of the projects in Guatemala make me do just that. I’m particularly impressed with those working with trees. Reforestation is often not so simple as just planting trees. Mass agriculture has created a need for serious… Read more »

Ducks in a Permaculture System (Scotland)

Posted by & filed under Animal Forage, Bird Life, Breeds, Demonstration Sites, Education Centres, Land, Plant Systems, Soil Rehabilitation, Working Animals.

by James Reid, PRI Tap o’ Noth You don’t have a slug problem, you have a duck deficiency. — Bill Mollison It was reading the above quote that made us want to acquire some ducks here at PRI Tap o’ Noth in North East Scotland. The idea of using the natural foraging instinct of the… Read more »

Regenerating Rusinga Island Using Permaculture (video)

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Community Projects, Demonstration Sites, Education Centres, Village Development.

A few generations ago Rusinga Island on Lake Victoria, Kenya, had lush green forest with many species of herbs and trees and the lake was clean with rich aquatic life. As the population grew, the trees were cut for fuel and the practice of modern farming has led to a degraded landscape and a polluted… Read more »

PRI Zaytuna Farm Morning Harvest – You Are What You Pick! (NSW, Australia)

Posted by & filed under Demonstration Sites, Education Centres.

Here’s a typical morning pick of diverse vegetables from the main crop at Zaytuna Farm — today it’s potato, amaranth, spinach, turnip, carrot, long red radish, snow peas, silver beet, sweet root, cassava, arrow root, rocket, Egyptian mustard, turmeric, lettuce, Ethiopian cabbage, daikon radish, beetroot, bok choy, yellow cherry tomato, sweet potato, zucchini and taro…. Read more »

Permaculture Around Latin America – Dominican Republic

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Biodiversity, Community Projects, Deforestation, Demonstration Sites, Education Centres, Food Shortages, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Water Contaminaton & Loss.

The Dominican Republic is in the Caribbean — one half of Isla La Hispaniola, along with Haiti. The Dominican Republic Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Environment can inform us of some of the environmental challenges Dominicana faces, such as increasing deforestation and soil erosion (15% of the country’s soil is overused). Many of these issues are… Read more »

FoodWaterShelter Fast Fact: Tilapia Fish Farming at Kesho Leo Children’s Village (Tanzania)

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Community Projects, Demonstration Sites, Education Centres, Fish.

At Kesho Leo we have tilapia, a freshwater fish species that is hardy and easy to farm in relatively small ponds. This makes it a perfect choice for farming families in our area. Tilapia are omnivorous, but the species we are farming (Oreochromis nyloticus, Nile tilapia) feeds primarily on phytoplankton and algae.