Drought-Proofing California…not in the news

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Digging our well-surveyed swales. I woke up this morning, put on my gum-boots and went out for a walk around our family farm in the rain. This in itself might not seem to be anything special to many folks, yet this was a 2”/5cm rainfall after several intense years of drought here in Southern California…. Read more »

Hey! It’s High Cold Dry and Windy and Doing just Great!

Posted by & filed under Animals, Compost, Design, Energy Systems, Irrigation, Land, Permaculture Projects, Plants, Storm Water, Swales, Water, Working Animals.

Trailer Only – See the full length video here Every now and then you come across climate that is not so user friendly. It’s in the High, Dry and Cold and Windy desert environment of Nevada’s high country near Reno. A place with many challenges. Sagebrush and horse trails dot the landscape. It is cowboy… Read more »

Bulldozer Digging Swales

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Bulldozer Digging Swales from Midwest Permaculture. The Design We had been invited by a family in Southern Missouri to assist with the design of a 320-acre farm. They want to transition the land into a Permaculture landscape capable of producing a wide range of perennial foods (nuts, vegetables, herbs, fruit, etc.) as well as livestock… Read more »

SMART Permaculture in South Ethiopia (Part 1)

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A few years back I got an email from a German guy called Oliver Kopsch. He works setting up water and sustainable energy projects in developing countries around the world. He had set up such a project in south Ethiopia – a water-well with solar powered pump to distribute water to the local rural community…. Read more »

The $500 Cob House

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See the longer format video here. Fancy a custom built $500 cob house? It’s cheaper than paying rent. Check out Geoff Lawton’s next video, where he investigates an innovative collection of houses built on Warren Brush’s Quail Springs Permaculture Farm in California. These beautifully constructed 96 foot square, one bedroom homes, were a delight to… Read more »

Finding Water in the Desert

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See more movies like this here. We were recently filming in Nevada, USA, visiting interesting high dry and cold climate systems. We went out in search of a salt pan to film as a specific landscape feature. Whilst on our journey we came across a large sand dune. It was a mighty Erg, an Erg… Read more »

Low Cost Worm Farm ‘Tractors’ For Small Spaces

Posted by & filed under Compost, Soil Rehabilitation, Urban Projects, Waste Systems & Recycling, Working Animals.

Worms may not have a backbone, but they are the backbone of our soil. In a suburban garden with no manure-providing animals, being able to dig into your composting worm farm for a handful of black gold is a real cost saver and loop closer. So giving some thought to how that worm farm fits… Read more »

Swales (Continuous Contour Trenches) Bring Water and Life Back to Maharashtra, India

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This (unfortunately low-res) video shares the clear, practical benefits of bringing sensible low-tech Permaculture water harvesting techniques such as swales to our landscapes. In Maharashtra, India, swales are restoring the hydrological cycle, bringing dried up wells and springs back to life, and stopping erosion of the precious soils that subsistence farmers depend on.