Onsite in Jordan at “The greening of the Desert, The Sequel”

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I am facilitating a Permaculture Design Certificate course over the next two weeks. We have eleven students that have come from or have lived in more than 20 countries which is amazing and of course having a big multicultural vibe. We have just finished day 2. Yesterday at the end of the day we put together an 18 day hot compost which we will be able to monitor as we […]

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5 Areas of Health Positively Affected by Brahmi

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Bacopa Monnieri, also known as Brahmi, is an herb used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. This flowering plant is found in the wetlands and marshes of southern India, Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America. It is most commonly known for its beneficial effects on the Brain and Central Nervous System. The most widely recognized components of brahmi are Bacosides and Nitric Oxides. These chemicals impact the functions of […]

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Compost Worm Experiment

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Every three weeks we have access to 80 to 100 kg of insect castings. These castings are from Meal worms, Cockroaches and Crickets. The waste is manure and leftover feed which is pollard and similar products. We use the waste in different ways and as the material is very high in nitrogen there is a need to consider the best way to approach the management processes. Usually I have been […]

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What Happens When One Walks in the Garden

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I believe in gardens, not as magical fairy lands with gnomes and smoking caterpillars on toadstools (though I wouldn’t kick them out) but as places in which we should appreciate as fully as possible. We should use them to grow food, of course, and we should also use them to grow medicine. But, that’s not all. Gardens have the ability to teach us about the world, how plants, animals and […]

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Vermicomposting – A Great Way to Turn the Burdens into Resources

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Thousands of tons of foods are being wasted everyday throughout the world and due to their improper management, they are creating further trouble polluting the environment. Though wasting food is not a matter to be happy with; but if it cannot be stopped at least the wastes can be managed in some beneficial ways. Vermicomposting is the process which will protect the environment from the pollution of food scraps, kitchen […]

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Italy & Slovenia : A New Mediterranean Alliance

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There are many uncertainties in the Mediterranean. North, South and East of the region have been experiencing different, complex and ongoing socio-political as well as economic and environmental transitions. However, while uncertainties dominate the geopolitical, economic and social spheres, there are certainties about the fundamental issues that need to be addressed collectively in the Mediterranean. The sustainable development of agriculture, food security, and rural areas are at the heart of […]

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To Swale or Not To Swale

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Do you want to protect your property from flooding and drought? What’s a swale? A swale is a excavated depression to slow, absorb and direct water. Swales can help you use and reuse water on your property. March is a great time to talk about this since the snow is melting in northern climates and rain will start any day. One of the problems I see on many properties has […]

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Food Forest “Chop and Drop”

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Even though I would like to see more rain the “wet season” is here. This means that rainfall is higher than evaporation so it is time to “chop and drop”. This saying is a permaculture saying meaning that we cut back our support species and drop them on the ground to accelerate the natural forest floor buildup and to cycle the nutrients and carbon.The first photo is a “before” shot […]

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Burdock – Build your Blood, bones and Nervous System

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Burdock root contains awesome nutrition. It is a great source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, and C as well as the minerals calcium, phosphorous, potassium, iron, manganese, chromium, selenium, silicon, and zinc. Is it any wonder it is known for its great blood, bone and nervous system building and purifying properties. It’s roots even resembles the branches of the nervous system or bones when cleaned. The roots contain an […]

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A Fowl Arrangement Between Us All

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Every morning I get out of bed to the sound of turkeys and chickens parading around my cabin en route to a spot behind the outdoor kitchen scullery where scraps of food are tossed every day. It’s a beautiful permaculture set-up, feeding the fowl by merely scraping the plates over the counter. By the next morning, the birds are happy, and any evidence is gone. Occasionally, the dogs get in […]

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Nature Farming – Done Naturally

Nature Farming - Done Naturally

Throwing some seeds over a cleared piece of land may seem a haphazard method of farming, a negative person may say it’s doomed to failure, but proof to the contrary is here – a happy plant-filled field that will produce a great yield. It may seem like beginner’s luck that the rice paddy growing so happily, when actually it is an ancient secret that man is starting to be willing […]

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What It Means to and Why It Matters That We Buy Local

Fresh apples in baskets on display at a farmer's market

Buying local is quickly becoming a trend, and though some folks may not have noticed the slow change in supermarkets and the growing numbers of farmers’ markets, only occasionally visiting the US (where I was born) or the UK (where my wife was born) has really made it have an impact on us. Each time, we notice more. We are excited about the change. It’s great to go back a […]

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