Cows and Plows: Transformation Solutions

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Though too often vilified, both ‘cows’ and ‘plows’ have proven to be among our most effective and available tools for restoring healthy ecological and eco-agricultural systems in our landscapes. Bucking the trend in conservation that has denounced these tools from early on was Aldo Leopold – perhaps best known for his influential Land Ethic from… Read more »

Allan Savory: How to Green the World’s Deserts and Reverse Climate Change (TED video)

Posted by & filed under Desertification, Global Warming/Climate Change, Land, Livestock, Presentations/Demonstrations, Soil Conservation, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Soil Rehabilitation.

I have been waiting so long for Allan to get on Ted Talks! Now, here it is. Prepared to have your minds blown, ok? I am sure you’re going to want to know more about HM in Australia and where to learn? The best training for HM comes out of InsideOutside Management. As it happens,… Read more »

Strawberry Fields Update: Flood Protection and Water Control in Ethiopia, Part II

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We previously published a report on the development of our site’s flood control and defense infrastructure in October 2010. This is an update on that which goes on to describe some of our plans for developing that infrastructure more in the future. Just to recap on the basics of our situation: in times of rain,… Read more »

Recycling Animal and Human Dung is the Key to Sustainable Farming

Posted by & filed under Compost, Health & Disease, Soil Conservation, Soil Rehabilitation, Waste Systems & Recycling, Waste Water, Water Conservation, Water Contaminaton & Loss.

© Kris De Decker, low-tech magazine (edited by Shameez Joubert) © Illustrations in red & black: Diego Marmolejo Flushing the water closet is handy, but it wreaks ecological havoc, deprives agricultural soils of essential nutrients and makes food production dependent on fossil fuels. For 4,000 years, human excrements and urine were considered extremely valuable trade… 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)

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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 »

SOIL Wins Land for Life Award for Composting Toilet Aid Work in Haiti

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In June of this year, SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods) won the new UNCCD (United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification) ‘Land for Life Award‘ and received $40,000 to support their excellent practical educational work in biologically based sanitation — aka: composting toilets. Watch the video to hear our good friend John D. Liu of the… Read more »

Fascine, Revetments, and Wattle Hurdle

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by Daniel Halsey This year I have been in Haiti after a downgraded hurricane, and then in New Jersey a week after Sandy. While in New Jersey two tornadoes passed by my old house. What do they have in common? In each case water was being limited in its flow by developement or the removal… Read more »

My Experience of Permaculture Aid Work in Ethiopia

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I’m not sure it’s possible, looking back now, to say exactly what I was expecting when I hopped on that plane and flew to Ethiopia for an internship at Strawberry Fields, but one thing I am sure of is that it’s been one of the most transformative, edifying experiences I’ve had in my life.