‘The Biggest Estate on Earth’

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I remember when I first read Jacke & Toensmeier’s ‘Edible Forest Gardens‘. Above and beyond the immediate excitement I felt at getting involved in such projects myself was the vision proposed in the section ‘Gardening The Forest’, where the authors suggested that when European colonialisation occured the inhabitants of North America (in this case those… Read more »

Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge: Kitchen Grey-Water System Report of Implementation and Design Update (Ethiopia)

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Biological Cleaning, Community Projects, Demonstration Sites, Education Centres, Irrigation, Land, Plant Systems, Waste Systems & Recycling, Waste Water, Water Conservation, Water Harvesting.

As most of us know, grey water is a term used to refer to “waste” water that has been used once in any domestic system except for toilets (which is referred to as black water). However grey water from the kitchen may be considered as “dark grey” water on account of the fact that it… Read more »

Ecosystem Mimicry in Subtropical Florida

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Ecosystem mimicry is one of the concepts at the heart of permaculture. The food forest or edible forest garden, for example, strives to replicate the structure, relationships, and successional pathways of natural forest ecosystems. I’m fortunate to have had the chance to travel and teach in different regions and ecosystems. In many cases I return… Read more »

Fernglade Farm – Late Summer 2013 Update (Australia)

Posted by & filed under Demonstration Sites, Food Forests, Food Plants - Annual, Food Plants - Perennial, Global Warming/Climate Change, Plant Systems, Regional Water Cycle, Soil Conservation, Soil Rehabilitation, Water Conservation.

It’s nearing the end of summer here at Fernglade farm and what a summer it has been. Two inches of rain in over five months, and extreme heat for days on end, results in a most unpleasant experience. Still, despite it all, things are still growing and there is still food to eat. The kangaroos,… Read more »

Stories from our Food Gardens (e-Book)

Posted by & filed under Compost, Demonstration Sites, DVDs/Books, Food Forests, Food Plants - Annual, Food Plants - Perennial, Land, Plant Systems, Soil Conservation, Soil Rehabilitation, Trees.

The world is dotted with individuals that are driving change from the inside out, inspired by the principles and approach of permaculture. I wanted to share with you “Stories from our Food Gardens” an e-publication made possible by the Saville Foundation here in South Africa, written by Melveen Jackson. Their partnership is an example of… Read more »

Occam’s Grazer – an Introduction to Holistic Management

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Occam’s Grazer provides an introduction to Holistic Management and holistic grazing as well as many powerful insights, philosophies, and useful ideas from people who are using the framework and practices every day. This video is a must for anyone who wants to learn more about taking a holistic approach to grazing in their ranch business,… Read more »

Managing a Coppiced Eucalypt Forest

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In Australia we really need to get back to our European roots of coppiced forest systems. As Darren Doherty states, we push out the stump after we cut the tree, when the eucalypts coppice beautifully. Ben Law, author of The Woodland Way, also talks about the various products that come from a coppiced forest in… Read more »

Food Forests and Natural Pest Control – Observations

Posted by & filed under Biodiversity, Food Forests, Food Plants - Perennial, Insects, Plant Systems, Trees.

Hearing Geoff Lawton speak about the effectiveness of natural pest control in food forests during my PDC studies is what originally prompted me to design and build a backyard food forest garden. Nature taking care of pests in the garden? It sounded too good to believe, and coming from a science background, I just had… Read more »

Bee Friendly – a Planting Guide for European Honeybees and Australian Native Pollinators

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Bee Friendly Planting Guide (8mb PDF) I just came across an excellent new resource for beekeepers. It is published by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation and entitled Bee Friendly — a planting guide for European honey bees and Australian native pollinators. It contains over 300 pages of information on bee forage plants for… Read more »

Integrating Livestock in the Food Forest

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Cattle grazing under alder in silvopasture system at Las Canadas, Huatusco, Mexico Integrating livestock seems to be the best way to have a larger-scale food forest (anything over one hectare or a couple of acres). If done properly, livestock integration can greatly reduce labor and fossil fuel needs. It can create the conditions for happy… Read more »

Psychedelic Garden Love

Posted by & filed under Global Warming/Climate Change, Plant Systems, Urban Projects, Water Conservation.

by Dr Samuel Alexander, co-director of the Simplicity Institute and a lecturer with the Office for Environmental Programs, University of Melbourne. A huge ‘dome of heat’ over Australia has broken temperature records, and this heat has been so intense that the Bureau of Meteorology has been forced to create new colours for their charts, which… Read more »