Category: Design

Mulch in Abundance

Mulch in Abundance feat

We use a lot of mulch on our property to take advantage of the many benefits that mulch provides. The mulch we use is grass (that I now cut with the scythe) that grows in areas around the property that doesn’t get grazed and also on the road verge for maintenance so the council doesn’t spray chemicals. One of the terms you hear in permaculture circles is “abundance”. At times […]

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The Casa Guatemala Permaculture Project: Phase One

A Starting Point

It had been several months of being in touch with Heather, the director of Casa Guatemala, before my wife Emma and I finally visited the once orphanage turned school, a sort of haven for children from impoverished families in which parents can’t afford to support them. Otherwise, daytime students commute from surrounding villages to take advantage of the better quality education on offer, as well as a free meal and […]

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Permaculture Suburban Planning

Permaculture Suburban Planning

Get inspired with some footage of Davis California’s Village Homes. Nicholas Burtner visits and see how these strategies and techniques combined with appropriate technology over the last 50 years can make amazing future suburban sites! Visit his Website: http://schoolofpermaculture.com/ Visit his Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/schoolofpermaculture

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Saving the Planet through Permaculture….and Zoning Laws/Building Codes?

Saving the Planet through Permaculture feat

Right now on this planet there are thousands of Permaculture warriors prepared to regenerate the Earth’s ecosystems and feed the world abundantly. Imagine if suddenly it was possible for a land owner or small farmer to get a legal permit for a ‘Low Impact Sustainable Development’ (LISD) on their land – an EcoVillage. Imagine an agency that worked with local government to standardize a framework and criteria that had each […]

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Mogendoura Earthworks 1 Year On

Mogendoura Earthworks 1 Year On  feat

Recently I had the opportunity to check out the earthworks performance where I installed a mainframe design in January 2015. I was contacted to sort out the dam wall and spillway as the client was concerned about its safety due to very little free board between the high water mark and the top of the dam wall. Also installing two levelsill spillways on each backflood swale 1, as a primary […]

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Make a Living Growing Food

Make Living Growing Food feat

A new system for growing organic food successfully. Growing food organically should be at low cost and give high production for energy invested. This does depend on the health your soil.

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Quail Aviary Construction – With Jack Spirko!

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Jack Spirko of The Survival Podcast takes you through the construction of a Quail Aviary on his property. Also, if you want to know anything about Ducks, Gooses (Geese – But Jack is right, Gooses sounds correct), head over to Jacks’ Youtube Channel for the enjoyable Duck Chronicles – now up to episode 23 for Season 2.

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Zone Four Chop and Drop

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Even though its getting to the end of the wet season and is possibly a bit late I have started the chop and drop process on the zone four swale. It has been planted out to timber trees and support species and of course quite a lot of natures additions have germinated as well. I have plenty of other things that I could be doing however I think that the […]

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Mediterranean Tree Guilds That Work!

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Nicholas Burtner is again with the awesome Loren Luyendyk at a Mediterranean food forest he helped established roughly 7 years ago. Take a yander at the very established lists of trees, a short history, and some tips for each one in that is in this set up. Really awesome stuff!

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A Site Specific Nuts and Bolts of Zone 1 Gardening in Rio Dulce: Tropical Wet/Dry Climate

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Recently, I put together an article outlining the (or my) basic theory of Zone 1 gardening, both for a specific NGO project I’m working on as well as in the hopes that it might be helpful for others in similar situations. For it, I wanted to present broad, accessible ideas that could apply across the spectrum of climates and, in the case of charity projects, cultural practices. Ultimately, though, we […]

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A Basic Introduction to Zone One Garden Theory

What Isn’t Path Is Growing Food (Emma Gallagher) Feat

Recently, my wife Emma and I were asked to introduce zone one permaculture to women in about 15 or so indigenous villages around Rio Dulce, in southeastern Guatemala. Seeing as we had only a couple of weeks to get the project completed, my initial reaction was one of panic. Suddenly, the DRAs (daily recommended allowances) of these women’s families were on our shoulders, and somehow we were supposed to visit […]

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DIY Aquaponic PVC Garden

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Do you like fish? How about gardening? If you said yes to both of these questions, you’ll definitely love this project! The Aquaponic PVC Garden is powered by water pumps that push water up from a fish tank, up a higher pipe where the plants are, and lets gravity do its work by letting the water drip back into the same fish tank. If you do not know what aquaponics […]

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