Swale Pathways (Tasmania, Australia)

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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 »

The Miracle Water Village – Water Harvesting in India (video)

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As the world reels under the threat of unrelenting climate change, erratic monsoons and fast depleting groundwater reserves, The Miracle Water Village narrates the inspirational story of impoverished farming community in India that reversed its fortunes through its visionary model of water management. Lying in one of the worst drought-prone regions of India, the village… Read more »

Water Retention Landscape Techniques for Farm and Garden

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As the effects of climate change pursue, the necessity to build resilient communities and farms becomes ever more apparent. Often farmers are stuck dealing with incessant rainfall, hurricanes, floods and droughts. Many innovative water conservation methods have emerged and are being practiced all over the globe — some have been practiced for centuries and others… Read more »

Climate Change Adaptation Technologies – Permaculture Design Brings Results

Posted by & filed under Biological Cleaning, Community Projects, Dams, Deforestation, Desertification, Earth Banks, Food Shortages, Gabions, Global Warming/Climate Change, Irrigation, Land, Plant Systems, Potable Water, Regional Water Cycle, Soil Conservation, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Soil Rehabilitation, Storm Water, Swales, Terraces, Village Development, Water Conservation, Water Contaminaton & Loss, Water Harvesting.

Climate Change Adaptation technology: Stone Lines (The Sahel)(More videos below) It’s uber exciting to see simple design solutions bringing yields, low-carbon prosperity and health, to people who would otherwise suffer needlessly. Watch the excellent videos below to see how permaculture land management techniques are spreading across Africa and beyond, and giving communities an insurance against… Read more »

Rocky Resources

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Every geographic area has a resource waiting to be used. I want to talk about areas that have stone easily accessible. Rocks can seem to be a huge obstacle to design and productivity, but there are some valuable advantages that come with having usable stone. Some advantages to using stone in a design can be:… Read more »

Ridge to Valley – a Holistic Watershed Perspective

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This excellent little 20-minute video does a great job of covering the basics of watershed management and landscape rehydration. You won’t hear the words ‘permaculture’ or ‘swales’ once, but it’s clear that both are in use here, to great effect. If we can get these simple but profound concepts driven into social consciousness, and applied… Read more »

Fascine, Revetments, and Wattle Hurdle

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by Daniel Halsey This year I have been in Haiti after a downgraded hurricane, and then in New Jersey a week after Sandy. While in New Jersey two tornadoes passed by my old house. What do they have in common? In each case water was being limited in its flow by developement or the removal… Read more »

John D. Liu’s Green Gold Documentary – How the West (and East, North and South!) Could Be Won

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As most of our readers will know, John D. Liu caught a vision years ago, and, thankfully, he ran with it. We’ve shared John’s excellent media work before (see here and here), and today have the pleasure of doing so again…. This new video, Green Gold, was first aired last month on Dutch TV, and… Read more »

Jordan Valley Permaculture Project Update: Post IPC Happenings

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An aerial view of the site Although the landscape here could be seen as a model for scarcity, what there is an abundance of is rocks. The baked dusty earth barely passes for soil and during the summer there isn’t rain here for over six months. With valuable agricultural resources seemingly at a minimum, rocks… Read more »

Sandot Sukkaew’s Tacomepai Farm (Thailand): A 20-Year-Old Permaculture Project

Posted by & filed under Building, Commercial Farm Projects, Community Projects, Dams, Demonstration Sites, Food Forests, Food Plants - Annual, Food Plants - Perennial, Irrigation, Land, Plant Systems, Soil Rehabilitation, Swales, Terraces, Village Development, Water Harvesting.

Sandot Sukkaew explains the difference between his own organic rice paddies and the chemically-treated ones in the background. As the forests were felled, the life-giving water disappeared – Thai farmer Sandot Sukkaew made that critical connection decades ago while laboring in the mud of his father’s rice paddies, and he’s spent the past 20 years… Read more »

Rwanda – Forests of Hope

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Many of you will remember the inspiring and encouraging example of earth restoration found in the story of the Loess Plateau in China (see links at bottom). John Liu was the man heavily involved in this amazing and very large scale initiative. In this new video, below, you’ll see Mr. Liu turning his eyes toward… Read more »

Let the Water Do the Work: Induced Meandering, an Evolving Method for Restoring Incised Channels

Posted by & filed under Dams, DVDs/Books, Earth Banks, Gabions, Irrigation, Land, Limonia, Material, Natural Swimming, Potable Water, Regional Water Cycle, Roads, Soil Conservation, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Soil Rehabilitation, Storm Water, Surveying, Swales, Terraces, Water Conservation, Water Contaminaton & Loss, Water Harvesting.

The volume reviewed below comes highly recommended for all Permaculturists working in or around any water channels, and particularly on the broad-acre. While the methods happen to apply most immediately in drylands, they will apply directly anywhere that erosion, down-cutting, rapid gully formation, and other forms of channel incision occur. Keep in mind that these… Read more »