Composting Techniques for Anyone

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Compost bins can be made of repurposed materials, like these pallets. Composting doesn’t have to be difficult, nor does it require a strong back, large acreage, livestock waste or expensive bins. Even apartment-dwellers or those with physical limitations can put their kitchen waste to work. The following are composting techniques from the simplest to the… Read more »

Aquaponics on the Cheap!

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You don’t have to be loaded to get started with a really simple aquaponics setup! As a variation on the system shown in the video, you can (in a warm enough region/time of year) place the system outdoors on a hillside where each grow pipe set loops back and forth over greater distances or more… Read more »

Success at Floriade! (Canberra, Australia)

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Beautiful innovation at Floriade 2013 — Urban Agriculture Australia helps Canberra celebrate the annual festival of flowers. Spring took on a whole new meaning at this year’s Floriade ("Australia’s Biggest Celebration of Spring"), with an innovative, interactive and inspiring edible garden display by Urban Agriculture Australia (UAA). Over 14 organisations formed the collaborative venture known… Read more »

My Visit to the Greening the Desert Sequel Site, November 2013

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The Jordan Valley Permaculture Proejct (aka ‘Greening the Desert – the Sequel’) in November 2013. (Photo: Geoff Lawton) I experienced a very diverse range of activities during my two weeks in Jordan, teaching a tree care course and helping in the farm activities, at the PRI Jordan Valley Permaculture Project (aka ‘Greening the Desert –… Read more »

Urban Farm Grows Over 1000 Pounds of Produce on Two Lots to Feed Local Community (Baltimore, USA)

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Boone Street Farm in Baltimore, Maryland, started in 2010, and looks to be going strong. It’s a great way to reclaim unused city spaces and make them of benefit to the local community — both for providing healthy food and as a community educational tool, and community ‘gel’. Kudos to Baltimore’s forward-thinking officials for making… Read more »

Rough, Ready, But Very Real – a November 2013 Update on the Jordan Valley Permaculture Project (aka ‘Greening the Desert – the Sequel’ Site)

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Animal Housing, Biological Cleaning, Building, Community Projects, Compost, Demonstration Sites, Education Centres, Energy Systems, Fencing, Food Forests, Land, Plant Systems, Soil Conservation, Soil Rehabilitation, Trees, Urban Projects, Village Development, Waste Systems & Recycling, Water Conservation, Water Harvesting.

Project from above, featuring a garbage-accumulating fence edge Well, you would be hard pressed to find a tougher block of land — a 400m below sea level, West facing slope, in an extremely hot, arid climate, with extremely poor, shallow highly alkaline top ‘soil’, covered in rocks, with a limited water supply and in a… Read more »

A Worm Farm in Your Duck Coop! (Alaska)

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In my last article I discussed the challenges of keeping ducks in backyard permaculture. There are two primary problems, at their worst in the coop itself; first is the soggy, mucky mess — from both wet poop and spillage from the waterer. The second problem is that ducks’ webbed feet pack the poop down, and… Read more »

Three-Month Site Transformation of Degraded Land (Bangalore, India)

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It all began with my visit to Australia last September and visiting Crystal Waters eco-village and then streaming through many videos and articles on permaculture put out by permaculturenews.org. Those videos and the articles inspired me to visit the Panya Project and do a course in December 2012 and a PDC in May 2013. It… Read more »

Permaculture Paradise at Val & Eli’s Garden (Jacksonville, Florida)

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Val and Eli take us on a tour of their permagarden in Jacksonville FL. They have created a wonderful, natural space filled with self-sustaining fruits, vegetables, herbs, medicines, colors, water, fragrances, and wildlife… at their fingertips. And below, Val and Eli continue to harvest the organic riches of their food forest and now cut back… Read more »