|Self Irrigating Planter||I Loved this YouTube Video|
Frank and his Homemade Grow Boxes
Build Your Own Self Irrigating Planter (SIP)
Meet Frank Fekonia from Queensland, Australia. Living in a relatively dry climate on a south facing slope he needed to come up with a way of growing bountiful gardens on rocky soil, on steep terrain, and with little water. Similar to the SIP, why not build tall raised beds or planters that conserve water while minimizing the amount of bending over to work the beds. Certainly he could figure out a way to build them for under $200 each. He did better than that. He built over a dozen of them for almost ‘nothink’. I love the creativity of Franks idea.
A Full Permaculture Design Certification Course
Winter Training: Feb. 2010
With Added Focus: Creating Productive Growing Spaces
– Kitchen Gardens to Small Farms –
The 2009 Suburban/Urban Permaculture Design Certification Course Graduates
|Watch This 5-min. Video||Wes Jackson has been a key figure in the sustainable agriculture movement through his work at the Land Institute in Kansas. Their work is all about creating a more ‘permanent-agriculture’ – incredibly important work.|
A small team of internet videographers that traveled our nation last year (Your Environmental Road Trip.com – YERT) stopped in to meet Wes and to learn more about what he and his team were doing. This is the best short video I’ve seen that clearing and quickly explains the significance of Wes’s work.
I enjoyed this 5-minute video and wanted to share it with all of you. There are other short videos from YERT that I liked as well.
Pictured: Wes Jackson of the Land Institute
|Becky, Wayne and I find it gratifying to stay in touch with our students from almost every course we have hosted over these past three years. To hear about the projects they have tackled and of the life changes they are going through as a result of their training is humbling. |
Permaculture is not just about designing the landscape. It is primarily about relationship – relationship to everything – to our land, our homes, our energy needs, our work, our families, our communities and our very own lives.
We are very inspired by our graduates and are delighted that they are interested in continuing to sharing their lives with us and their fellow students.
We intend to start a new area on our website this year featuring the work of some of our students, but in the meantime, readers might enjoy sharing in some of the advice that they are giving to the general public through the
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Sierra Nevada Foothills
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm — Grass Valley, CA
|Had to Share This With You|
Building Homes for 1/4th the Price
of Traditional Housing
Old bottle caps, used wine corks, spiky glass shards, odd planks of wood and chunks of bone — things other people might consider worthless — become valuable building materials in the hands of Dan Phillips. During the last 12 years, the maverick homebuilder in Huntsville, TX has either built or supervised the building of a dozen houses made of materials that would otherwise have been thrown away.
To lower living costs, he believes in building sustainable houses with up to 90% recycled materials, tankless water heaters, rain water cisterns and plenty of insulation.
I don’t think Dan even mentions the word permaculture in this video or article, but in my book, it is urban permaculture all the way.
Our first freeze is soon to be here so it’s decision making time for Becky and me… what to protect, what to consolidate and possibly replant, and what to let go of.
|What a great surprise to have 4-National Guardsmen join us for our Michigan PDC Course. One of the officers had been exposed to permaculture years earlier while in the Peace Corp and instinctually knew it was the training needed before their deployment to Afghanistan. Part of the mission for these guardsmen will be to help the Afghans rebuild their farming infrastructures which have been largely destroyed by the war. These Guardsmen will bring the expertise and knowledge of their civilian jobs while remaining sensitive to traditional farming methods.In a country with little rainfall and few available resources, permaculture provides a design approach with small-scale intensive systems that will help conserve moisture while providing ample food, shelter and drinking water.|