Check out this incredible talk that took place in March at the ‘Permaculture Voices 2 (PV2)’ conference. This is a free talk shared by Diego, the creator and host of the event, he shared it to promote the talks done by the other speakers.
Paul’s central premise is that habitats have immune systems, just like people, and mushroom forming fungi are the foundation of the foodwebs of land based organisms.
Our close evolutionary relationship to fungi can be the basis for novel pairings that lead to greater sustainability and immune enhancement. As we are now fully engaged in the 6th Major Extinction (“6 X”) on planet Earth, our biospheres are quickly changing, eroding the life support systems that have allowed humans to ascend. Unless we put into action policies and technologies that can cause a course correction in the very near future, species diversity will continue to plummet, with humans not only being the primary cause, but one of the victims.
Fungi, particularly mushrooms, offer some powerful, practical solutions, which can be put into practice now. Paul will discuss his groundbreaking research utilizing their cellular networks to create molecular bridges governing the evolution of sustainable habitats. The implications of his research are far-reaching and could spark a paradigm shift to a better future.
Keyhole Gardens are a type of garden bed that allows food to be grown into the dry season (in African countries) and in dry climates. The plants/beds are fed/watered through a central basket which contains compost, manure, woodash, kitchen scaps etc and grey water. They survive floods as they are raised off the ground and work good in very hot weather as they retain moisture well.
If you like you can donate a “Keyhole Garden” which will basically help train more people in how to make them over in Africa: http://www.sendacowgifts.org.uk/build-a-keyhole-garden
I’ve just bought and watched this very informative documentary film about setting up and maintaining a “permaculture commercial orchard”, excellent for people wondering what permaculture looks like in a commerical sense then this is it. I really enjoyed the aspects on biodiversity, tree pruning, shrub and herbaceous planting, attracting beneficials etc. You might want to consider buying this one, I’m glad I did.
“The Permaculture Orchard : Beyond Organic is a feature-length educational film that will teach you how to set up your own permaculture orchard at any scale. We recognize the limitations of the organic model as a substitute to conventional fruit growing, and want to propose a more holistic, regenerative approach based on permaculture principles. Based on 20 years of applied theory and trial and error, biologist and educator Stefan Sobkowiak shares his experience transforming a conventional apple orchard into an abundance of biodiversity that virtually takes care of itself. The concepts, techniques and tips presented in this film will help you with your own project, whether it is just a few fruit trees in your urban backyard, or a full-scale multi-acre commercial orchard.”
Continue reading “The Permaculture Orchard: Beyond Organic”
Thinking tools, that when used together, allow us to creatively re-design our environment and our behavior in a world of less energy and resources.
The foundations of permaculture are the ethics (centre) which guide the use of the 12 design principles, ensuring that they are used in appropriate ways.
These principles are seen as universal, although the methods used to express them will vary greatly according to the place and situation. They are applicable to our personal, economic, social and political reorganisation as illustrated in the permaculture flower.
Each principle can be thought of as a door that opens into whole systems thinking, providing a different perspective that can be understood at varying levels of depth and application.
Video showing the benefits of a Hugelkultur (raised bed system), things like using little to no water/irrigation. It also shows how to build and maintain the bed. Interesting clip, I might employ something like this on my allotment instead of your standard raised beds.
We’ve all seen environmental problems highlighted everyday on the media. Now comes the solution. From the man who said, “You can solve all the world’s problems in a garden” comes Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Soils DVD. 137 minutes of Permaculture soil creation strategies that really work! Even if you have never built a garden or got your hands dirty before, you will learn the secrets of real soil creation – partnering with the life in the Soil! Geoff will take you through every step of the process and explain in detail how to do it yourself. From Compost creation to larger Kitchen Gardens and then to broad acre farming – this is the future of biological agriculture.
Biodiversity and Compost
Designing a Kitchen Garden
Using Chickens in a Food Forest
Soil Re-mineralization Strategies
Soil Tests you can do yourself
Ripping the Soil
How to build an Instant Garden
and many more Permaculture design techniques are revealed in this unique DVD.
Plus Bonus extras:
“A Couple of Rough Types” – Permaculture cofounder Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton in a very revealing discussion. (part of it at least)
The Online PDC with Geoff Lawton is about to Launch at Midnight (US Time).
Geoff Lawton’s the famous Permaculture teacher is about to launch his once a year Online PDC, it starts at 12 Midnight (US time), March 29th! Registrations/enrollment for the course open at 12 via Geofflawton.com.
At Midnight, Geoff will explain the course in a new video that will be up on his site. How much is it ($1000)? What do you get and is it worth doing? For answers to these questions download the guidebook/leaflet now: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/81223912/2014OnlinePDC.pdf
“This is the course students rave about on Online forums. Its the course that experienced Permaculture teachers take to broaden their understanding. Its coming your way in a few hours.
Download the guidebook (link above) that explains all you need to know to enroll in Geoff Lawton’s Online Permaculture Design Course. Its an intensive 12 Week Course with Certification that was such a hit with students last year. This course sells out very quickly and will not be offered again this year. On completion you will have two bonus courses to enjoy online. Geoff’s famous Earthworks Course and his new 2014 Reading the Landscape Course.”
Pass this information onto someone who you think would like to sign up and learn more. I promise you they’ll be no holding hands and singing “Kum Ba Yah Ma Lord”!! :o)
To be honest I think this online course would have been much better suited for me personally than the one I took locally. They looks like there’s a huge wealth of information here too that is likely hard to find anywhere else. He offers a 30 day money back guarantee so if it turns out you changed your mind or it’s not for you then get your money back in full, what have you got to lose, go for it (no I’m not on commission haha)
When soil is depleted of organic matter, water just runs off it. A rethink of farming practice is much more vital than dredging or barriers.
The Prince of Wales’s visit to the Somerset Levels has once more drawn attention to the dire circumstances faced by thousands of people because of floods. And as more extreme rain drenches the UK, calls for more flood defences and river dredging have predictably become louder. There is, however, another focus that has been hardly mentioned. It’s soil or, more specifically, the benefits we could gain by treating it better.
The way we use land has fundamentally altered the way that many of our soils work. Intensive cultivation and grazing cause massive soil loss, with sediments leaving fields to clog up watercourses. Machinery and animal hooves have also caused many soils to become compacted so that, instead of absorbing water, holding it and slowly letting it go, it runs off hard impermeable surfaces all at once.
Because of intensive farming reliant on inorganic fertilizers, there has also been a widespread reduction in the proportion of soils comprising decaying plant remains – the so-called organic matter. Soils depleted in this way hold less water than when they have a healthier proportion of once living material, thereby further altering their ability to ameliorate flood risk.
Continue reading “How To Really Stop Flooding”
This image shows the different layers that make up a Hugelkultur bed. It also shows how different methods of watering (drip or swale) penetrate the mound. I believe I’m right in saying the concept was put forth by Sepp Holzer from Austria.
I love the look of these and think I’ll have a go at one on the allotment at some point in time. It’ll be interesting to see how well the logs act as a sponge to aid with water retention. I’m also interested to see how the heat produced by the rotting wood and also the added heat captured from the sun due to the angle of the bank would affect plant growth. Be fascinatin to do a side by side with more traditional beds, see what I can do.