A Tale of Two Neighbours

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Trailer only. To watch the full story head to geofflawton.com “A Tale of Two Neighbours” is a story of two neighbours on either side of a river. One was an environmentalist who grazed his cattle right up to the edge of the river. The other was Geoff Lawton.

Finding Ways to Prevent Water Waste and Save on Rising Produce Costs During California’s Historic Drought

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THE CURRENT STATE OF CALIFORNIA’S UNPRECEDENTED DROUGHT Startling Statistics California is currently in its fourth year of a severe drought. The United States Drought Monitor estimates that over 90 percent of California is currently experiencing “severe” to “exceptional” drought conditions. For farmers, the increasing scarcity of water has been devastating. According to the American Farmland… Read more »

Rehydrating the Earth: A New Paradigm For Water Management

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This article was first published in the Holistic Science Journal Vol 2 Issue 4. To view the journal click here www.holisticsciencejournal.co.uk. The wars of the 21st century will be wars fought over water – these are the now famous words of former UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, words that a growing number of authors are… Read more »

A Rough Guide on How to Build a Gravity Fed Aquaculture System

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INTRODUCTION This is a guide to building a gravity fed aquaculture system the techniques of which can be applied elsewhere. This is such a huge subject that it really requires a book dedicated to it, so here I will tell you only what we did, but I will also point you in the direction of… Read more »

When the Water Ends

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Community, Dams, General, Global Warming/Climate Change, Land, Water.

“When the Water Ends” tells the story of climate change conflicts in East Africa. For thousands of years, semi-nomadic pastoralists have followed fresh water sources and grazing land. They are accustomed to harsh environments and surviving with limited resources. But with the impacts of climate change, competition for water and pasture is escalating. Increased drought… Read more »

Part-Time Permaculture Design Certificate course, one Saturday a week over 10-Weeks at PRI Jordan

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Permaculture (permanent agriculture but also permanent culture) is a system of design aimed at creating “productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way“. It is a working… Read more »

Grey Water and Silt Pond Project – Parts 1 and 2

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Part One Phil Williams of takes you through a two-part video of him installing a grey water and silt pond project he has. He explains some of the issues and he talks through resolutions to making it work. Phil was a conventional landscape contractor and designer for twelve years. He learned quite a bit about… Read more »

Contour Beds Peru

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The ancient Inca also utilised contour patterning in their agriculture. This article will describe the process we took to create kitchen garden contour beds in the Sacred Valley Peru. Contour beds are annual and/or perennial vegetable garden beds that conform to the natural pattern of the landscape. Being on contour means that the paths and… Read more »

Re-Greening a Mountain

Posted by & filed under Biological Cleaning, Community, Community Projects, Compost, Design, Earthworks & Earth Resources, Food Forests, General, Irrigation, Land, Nurseries & Propogation, Permaculture Projects, Plant Systems, Plants, Soil Biology, Terraces, Trees, Waste Systems & Recycling, Water.

Re-Greening a Mountain video trailer. See the full version on Geofflawton.com When Geoff Lawton says this is the best Permaculture demonstration site on the planet, then you have to stop and listen. “Where is it exactly?” I asked, as I’ve never heard of this place. I didn’t know the Chinese were even into permaculture. “Kadoorie… Read more »