Drought-Proofing California…not in the news

Posted by & filed under Design, Earthworks & Earth Resources, Education, General, Land, Storm Water, Surveying, Swales, Water, Water Conservation, Water Harvesting.

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

Posted by & filed under Community, Demonstration Sites, Design, Development & Property Trusts, Earthworks & Earth Resources, General, Permaculture Projects, Swales, Water, Water Harvesting.

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 »

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

Posted by & filed under Community Projects, Land, Potable Water, Regional Water Cycle, Soil Conservation, Swales, Water Harvesting.

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.

Experimenting with Overflowing Circles and Slow-Flow Swales (Panama)

Posted by & filed under Biological Cleaning, Irrigation, Land, Soil Conservation, Storm Water, Swales, Water Conservation, Water Harvesting.

The jungle garden I am not Bill Mollison or Geoff Lawton, they will both happily report; rather, I am but a humble novice when it comes to permaculture, experimenting my way through ideas, mimicking when I can, improvising when research falls short. And, it was somewhere in between mimicry and improvisation that I came up… Read more »

Broadacre Farm Design – Regenerative Agriculture at Work (Australia)

Posted by & filed under Commercial Farm Projects, Dams, Land.

Over the past year Yandoit Farm has been going through a few changes. Located in Victoria, Australia, north of Hepburn Springs, the farm has had an interesting past, at times being heavily mined for gold, with the miners living on the property, and more recently used to run cattle. Working with an array of permaculture… Read more »

More Thinking Out Loud About Earth Repair Tools: The Agricultural Specification Unimog

Posted by & filed under Design, Earthworks & Earth Resources, Soil Rehabilitation, Water Harvesting.

Continuing with the theme of my last piece, another ideal potential equipment platform is the agricultural spec’d Unimog, manufactured by Mercedes-Benz. These are highly versatile and very reliable vehicles equipped with capabilities typically associated with tractors — namely 3-point linkages, PTOs (Power Take Offs), and hydraulics. Just as with the tractor, a broad array of… Read more »

Earthworks Course Introduction with Geoff Lawton (video)

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Trailer only – watch the full video here! If you’re considering doing Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Design Certificate Course later this month and want to know more, check out the Bonus $1200 Earthworks course we are including for free. It’s a mixture of classroom and field lectures that will bring you up to speed and teach… Read more »

Swale Pathways (Tasmania, Australia)

Posted by & filed under Irrigation, Land, Plant Systems, Soil Conservation, Soil Rehabilitation, Swales, Terraces, Water Conservation, Water Harvesting.

by Good Life Permaculture Diagram of a traditional swale system Hobart is Australia’s second driest capital city (Adelaide’s first) so catching and storing water is often on my mind. Annually we get approximately 615mm, most of which arrives in the cooler months in and around Winter. During Summer our soils will dry out so ferociously… Read more »

Reversing Desertification with Gabions

Posted by & filed under Desertification, Gabions, Land, Plant Systems, Regional Water Cycle, Soil Conservation, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Soil Rehabilitation, Storm Water, Water Conservation, Water Contaminaton & Loss, Water Harvesting.

Trailer only – watch full video here! Gabions are rocks and small boulders packed into a wire basket to combat soil erosion on the side of steep slopes. But to Geoff Lawton, they are more commonly used to pacify storm water in a flash flood event and to build soil in strategic locations in the… Read more »