Chinampas 2.0 – an Elegant Technology From the Past to Save the Future

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Chinampas in Tenochtitlan My name is Rodrigo Lañado and I’m known as “El Hombre de Maiz” (the maize man) and I represent Hombres de Maiz, which is a project I developed after dropping out from college in 2010 to dedicate myself entirely to my biggest passion — permaculture — thanks to the inspiration I received… Read more »

Allan Savory – Reversing Global Warming while Meeting Human Needs (videos)

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Reversing Global Warming while Meeting Human Needs — an Urgently Needed Land-Based Option Allan Savory never ceases to amaze and encourage me. It was really great seeing him present his recent TED Talk — and we now have another opportunity to see him speak. Tufts University hosted an event where he was given the floor… Read more »

John Todd Living Machines Lecture

Posted by & filed under Biological Cleaning, Plant Systems, Soil Biology, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Soil Rehabilitation, Waste Systems & Recycling, Waste Water, Water Contaminaton & Loss.

I’m so blown away by the work of John Todd. He works on a huge scale cleaning horrendous toxins out of water. I suspect he knows a bit about permaculture. I saw Bill Mollison’s book listed on one of his websites. Above is a video that I think gives amazing insight on using plants (and… Read more »

“Urban Permaculture: The Micro Space” Trailer

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The trailer for my next video is up: "Urban Permaculture: The Micro Space" trailer Register your email here and we’ll let you know when the full movie is ready to watch Many of you have been asking what Permaculture can do for you in the small Urban space. Well, one of my students, Angelo, has… Read more »

Forests Keep Drylands Working (John D. Liu video)

Posted by & filed under Biodiversity, Deforestation, Desertification, Food Shortages, Global Warming/Climate Change, Plant Systems, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Soil Rehabilitation, Trees.

John D. Liu of the EEMP, who has partnered with us in spreading the permaculture message, has created yet another excellent documentary — this time focussing on drylands, their past function and their present dysfunction through a broadscale loss of forest cover, and its impact on soil loss and on the hydrological cycle. In this… Read more »

Letters from New Zealand – a Permaculture Food Forest in the Far South

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The home of Robert and Robyn Guyton stands amidst an abundance of food All photos © Craig Mackintosh Robyn Guyton stands in the Zone 5 area of her food forest Riverton is a quaint little windswept fishing settlement on the far-south coastline of New Zealand’s beautiful South Island (map). As well as being one of… Read more »

Carbon-Sequestering Perennial Industrial Crops

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This article is an excerpt from my forthcoming book Carbon Farming: A Global Toolkit for Stabilizing the Climate with Tree Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices, and is part of a series promoting my kickstarter campaign to raise funds with which to complete the book. Rubber (Hevea brasiliensis) is a common perennial industrial crop, though typically… Read more »

Industrial Starch and Bioplastic from Non-Destructively Harvested Perennials

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This article is an excerpt from my forthcoming book Carbon Farming: A Global Toolkit for Stabilizing the Climate with Tree Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices, and is part of a series promoting my kickstarter campaign to raise funds with which to complete the book. Though we rarely think of it, starch is the number two… Read more »

‘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 »