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

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.

Permaculture in Paradise

Posted by & filed under Commercial Farm Projects, Food Forests, Food Plants - Annual, Food Plants - Perennial, Medicinal Plants, Plant Systems, Trees.

Trailer only – watch full video here 34 Years ago Dano Gorsich asked his old permaculture teacher, Bill Mollison, what he should do with his land on the island of Molokai in Hawaii? Bill explained how he should design his tropical house, how it should face to capture the sea breezes, the sun angles, slope… Read more »

How Painting Can Transform Communities (TED video)

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Communities are often built like forests – without a master plan. It all starts with one seed. Artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn create community art by painting entire neighborhoods. The first colorful seed was planted in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro and ended up spreading throughout the world. Their success lies in involving… Read more »

Permaculture for Profit – the STUN System (Sheer Total Utter Neglect)

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Trailer only – watch the full video here! Imagine you owned your own farm planted full of apple trees. You used no herbicides, no fungicides, no pesticides and no industrial fertilizers. Instead, the trees were treated with Sheer Total Utter Neglect, and still bore copious amount of fruit. Sounds crazy, right?

Perennial Polyculture Prevails over Peak Oil

Posted by & filed under Demonstration Sites, Peak Oil, Urban Projects.

KrisCan visits Eric Toensmeier in his Holyoke, Massachusetts home garden that was transformed from a bleakly barren backyard into a thriving oasis of year-round, productive perennial fruits and vegetables. Eric talks about how waste heat from factories and power plants can be utilized for greenhouse gardening; urban food security and self-reliance in the face of… Read more »

The Symbiotic Work of Plant Guilds in a Food Forest (Kenya)

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by Priscilla Nzamalu, Kenya, East Africa This article is part of an initiative by FoodWaterShelter to promote permaculture networks in East Africa, and to support the hosting of PDCs in Tanzania. This and other articles are written by PDC students in exchange for PDC scholarships. “To know is power” — let us then be wise,… Read more »

Jack of All Trades, Master of None

Posted by & filed under Compost, General, Urban Projects.

I am always observing and making decisions on the run, doing a sequence of brief tasks and changing mid stream from what I had previously planned. Multi-tasking is the norm in a self-reliant way of life, so different from the specialisation and repetitive focus that characterises work in the conventional economy. When performing a long… Read more »

Soil, Struggle and Justice – Agroecology in the Brazilian Landless Movement

Posted by & filed under Alternatives to Political Systems, Bio-regional Organisations, Commercial Farm Projects, Community Projects, People Systems, Society, Village Development.

This film examines a cooperative of the Brazilian Landless Movement (MST) in the South of Brazil, which struggled for access to land and then transitioned to ecological agriculture, or agroecology. This MST cooperative is demonstrating the possibility of an alternative model of flourishing rural life, which provides thriving livelihoods for farmers, produces high quality and… Read more »

Permaculture for Pastoralists in the Jordan Valley – Part II

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Biological Cleaning, Building, Community Projects, Compost, Land, Plant Systems, Soil Rehabilitation, Urban Projects, Waste Systems & Recycling, Waste Water, Water Conservation.

Note: If you haven’t already, you can read Part I here. A Dead Sea Valley family home with their typical front ‘lawn’. Photo © Craig Mackintosh The title may lead you to think we are talking about people who manage pasture or have access to wide areas of rangeland. In fact, we are talking about… Read more »