Category Archives: Permaculture

Moving Along at an Epic Pace

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Things are really moving along here with a flurry of activity. We have many projects underway that need to be in place for our 2 week cob course that begins on 3 December. We have pit greenhouses that are being … Continue reading

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Domin’ n’ Swalin’

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We were hit with a deluge while working. It stopped us for a couple of days as we were not prepared and all of our materials were soaked. It came out of nowhere. Just to give you an idea, the … Continue reading

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Building a Swale: Day 3

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Quite a bit of water is channeled to the backside of the spillway where there is a small path that comes down the hill. We are directing this water into the swale and decided to line this area of the … Continue reading

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Building a Swale: Day 2

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We finished the main cut of the swale and began work on the level sill spillway. The contour map was way off and the entire swale is coming in at around 230 feet. Due to the rocky soil with low … Continue reading

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Building a Swale: Day 1

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Today we began the first of many swales planned for the project in India. The swale is at the very top of the property and will catch runoff from the 5+ acres above it. With the 4 month monsoon season … Continue reading

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Tools for Permaculture Site Design: Part 3

When designing your site you must take into consideration elements such as sun, wind, rain, water flow, and perhaps even wildfires. In Permaculture this is called a sector analysis (Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual – Pg. 54). Another useful resource for … Continue reading

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Tools for Permaculture Site Design: Part 2

Practical Plants is a collaboratively edited encyclopedia and database of information on plants cultivated with a practical intention. Over 7400 plant articles covering edible, medicinal and material uses, propagation and cultivation information, plant associations and polycultures, and everything else you … Continue reading

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Jean Pain’s Compost Based Bio Energy System

Jean Pain – A french innovator who developed a compost based bio energy system that produced 100% of his energy needs. He heated water to 60 degrees celsius at a rate of 4 litres a minute which he used for … Continue reading

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Tools for Permaculture Site Design: Part 1

SunEarthTools offers many free resources for those interested in working with solar energy. Do you need to know the angle of the sun to efficiently design your passive solar home? Perhaps you need an economic analysis of photovoltaic systems? Following … Continue reading

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Janine Benyus – Biomimicry

Biomimicry is a design process of examining and emulating natures systems in order to create sustainable solutions for the challenges we face today. Janine Benyus is a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by … Continue reading

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