The Permaculture Orchard: Beyond Organic

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.”

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Permaculture Soils By Geoff Lawton (Documentory)

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.

Subjects covered:
Biodiversity and Compost
Designing a Kitchen Garden
Worm Farms
Duck Ponds
Using Chickens in a Food Forest
Pasture Management
Cell Grazing
Fungi
Soil Re-mineralization Strategies
Compost Teas
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)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQiT9iEFRSk

2,000 Year Old Food Forest In Morocco

One of the extras featured on Geoff Lawton’s DVD “Establishing a Food Forest” the Permaculture Way. It’s a quick look at a ancient food forest, fascinating stuff really.

Rainforests In Far East Shaped By Humans For The Last 11,000 Years

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New research from Queens University Belfast (and Cambridge University) shows that the tropical forests of South East Asia have been shaped by humans for the last 11,000 years.

The rain forests of Borneo, Sumatra, Java, Thailand and Vietnam were previously thought to have been largely unaffected by humans, but the latest research from Queen’s Palaeoecologist Dr Chris Hunt suggests otherwise.

A major analysis of vegetation histories across the three islands and the SE Asian mainland has revealed a pattern of repeated disturbance of vegetation since the end of the last ice age approximately 11,000 years ago.

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TED Talk: Guerilla Gardening

Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens, in South Central LA, in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where “the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.”

“If kids grow kale, kids eat kale. If they grow tomatoes, they eat tomatoes. But when none of this is presented to them, if they’re not shown how food affects the mind and the body, they blindly eat whatever you put in front of them.” – Ron Finley

Seattle’s ‘Food Forest’ Project

An Inspiring Food Forest Project, something we should all be encouraging in our local communities and on all spare available public land. The way to feed the “future” is food grown locally, what better way to start than community food forests. Those places could then offer things free like Fruit Tree Grafts and Perennial Seeds to all and spread the wealth for years to come, plant a tree now for our kids to be feasting on!

Nine Layers of the Food Forest Guilds

Nine Layers of the Food Forest Guilds

This shows the 9 Layer Guild of a Food forest used in Permaculture Design.

Such a beneficial system where everything has it’s place and is productive. An excellent example of a Food Forest is Robert Harts Garden in England, UK but they are many others around the world.