cathyashford:

Interesting juxtaposition… On the left is my neighbour’s field, farmed using traditional methods, apparently harvested yet still irrigating… On the right is our boundary, where I’ve cleared off the layers of chopped and dropped hedge trimmings…. Compare they grey, dead and dry clay to the beautiful, brown and alive soil on our side. We HAVE to protect our soil, or else it dies, the carbon dries up, and blows away to end up in the atmosphere :(
#permaculture #chopanddrop #agriculture #farming

cathyashford:

Interesting juxtaposition… On the left is my neighbour’s field, farmed using traditional methods, apparently harvested yet still irrigating… On the right is our boundary, where I’ve cleared off the layers of chopped and dropped hedge trimmings….
Compare they grey, dead and dry clay to the beautiful, brown and alive soil on our side. We HAVE to protect our soil, or else it dies, the carbon dries up, and blows away to end up in the atmosphere :(

#permaculture #chopanddrop #agriculture #farming

milkwoodpermaculture:

Permaculture Playing Cards

Hey look what just arrived at the Milkwood office – permaculture playing cards! These are great.
52 cards jam-packed with interesting knowledge and a sprinkling of permaculture people profiles – I can’t wait to kick back in the shade next week with these…

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milkwoodpermaculture:

Permaculture Playing Cards

Hey look what just arrived at the Milkwood office – permaculture playing cards! These are great.

52 cards jam-packed with interesting knowledge and a sprinkling of permaculture people profiles – I can’t wait to kick back in the shade next week with these…

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Under Cover Farmers

Fantastic feature showing commercial farmers in North Carolina learning the value and benefits of cover cropping.

It’s certainly not perfect. There are still fertilizers and herbicides being used, but they’re cutting back and it’s a wonderful step in the right direction. This is exactly the thing that any skeptic farmers doing things the ‘conventional’ way need to see.

New swales doing a fantastic job at the Survival Podcast Earthworks Seminar. This is a great example of what a swale looks like in place like this and just how quickly they can be extremely effective. The often-seen cutaway illustrations of swales are obviously useful, but it’s also nice to see a real-world example sometimes.

Permaculture magazine #77

Permaculture magazine #77

milos-garden:

Ok so this is my compost tea set up ! Pillowcase filled with compost in a very large water filled bucket (like 3 feet tall). Two air bubblers keeping it oxygenated/aerobic.Tons of added ingredients (these can be a bit hard to find…). Soil bacteria. Soil fungus. Yeasts. Probiotics. Fungus eating bacteria. Regular additions of molasses keeps everything fed and multiplying. Secret ingredient = humic acid. Applied this about two weeks back to a row of plants and already have seen a dramatic response in some species. A lead plant that had been struggling is now blooming. A tree had a massive spurt of growth. Pretty awesome.

milos-garden:

Ok so this is my compost tea set up !

Pillowcase filled with compost in a very large water filled bucket (like 3 feet tall). Two air bubblers keeping it oxygenated/aerobic.

Tons of added ingredients (these can be a bit hard to find…). Soil bacteria. Soil fungus. Yeasts. Probiotics. Fungus eating bacteria.

Regular additions of molasses keeps everything fed and multiplying.

Secret ingredient = humic acid.

Applied this about two weeks back to a row of plants and already have seen a dramatic response in some species. A lead plant that had been struggling is now blooming. A tree had a massive spurt of growth.

Pretty awesome.

The TED Talk with Allan Savory addressing the reversal of desertificaton and climate change through mimicking natural hearding patterns generated a fair bit of interest yesterday.

For anybody interested in learning more: Here is a pretty good Q&A session which addresses some of these things in further detail.

TED Talks - Allan Savory: How to green the world’s deserts and reverse climate change.

This is a great video reaffirming and emphasizing the benefits and importance of what many permaculturists know as a paddock-shift system for grazing livestock. Allan Savory explains how and why the natural cycle that this method we know is based on is possibly one of the most important measures we can take in reversing desertification and climate change.

livingwind:

Geoff Lawton’s Zaytuna Farm Video Tour – Part II

This new video, above, shot 11-12 months after the original video, is twice as long and covers several aspects of the farm — some we hadn’t covered before, and some we had, but now with additional aspects and details. You’ll see Geoff talking about natural buildings, cattle laneways, and how to keep goats parasite free. Geoff will take you through the entire plant nursery process at Zaytuna Farm, from seeds and potting through to actually planting a tree. You’ll see food forests at various stages of development, a new purpose-built fish pond that will soon be in production, and much more.