This interactive "game" is more of a jigsaw puzzle -- each piece goes only one place -- but it's informative and well thought-out. If you're curious about how things fit together in a permaculture design, or if you've struggled to explain to a friend what you've learned, this may help! Note that it's from South Africa so some of the vocabulary is a bit different from what we're used to. Enjoy!http://www.seed.org.za/game.php
Don't miss this beautiful and informative 41-minute tour by Geoff Lawton of the Permaculture Research Institute's demonstration farm / food forest in New South Wales, Australia.
If you don't have time to watch the video right away, you can read a description of Zaytuna Farm at PermacultureGlobal.com.
Presented October 1, 2012 in El Dorado, Kansas
presented in El Dorado, Kansas, September 24, 2012
presented September 17, 2012 in El Dorado, Kansas
Saturday, June 23, 2012 has been named the first annual International Ragweed Day! Really! Did you know there is an International Ragweed Society (IRS), with international conferences and everything? Ragweed is a big deal! According to their site, the IRS is only planning to use the day to formulate a 5-year plan to reduce ragweed. I say, why wait? It only takes a few hours to pull up all the ragweed in your neighborhood before it blooms and makes us miserable! I've been doing it for the past 3 years on our block. This year, with an international day proclaimed, why not take this much bigger?
Why not eradicate ragweed from all of Emporia, Kansas? We could do it! Or at least make a sizable dent. What's more, we could use all that wonderful biomass to build sheet mulch gardens in people's yards! If you live in Emporia, won't you join me on Saturday the 23rd to turn our ragweed from a dangerous health hazard into a beneficial soil amendment? If you live outside Emporia, won't you consider doing the same thing in your town?
Here are the ways you can help -- just drop me a line at ben [at] interdependentweb.com and let me know what you'd like to do:
This tour was recorded Sunday, May 6, 2012 (International Permaculture Day). It is illustrated below with a series of photos, each marked with the time in the recording when it is described. Click any thumbnail image to begin the slideshow at that point.
I apologize for the poor quality of the recording. I have done what I can to reduce noise and other distractions. In the process, the sound of dogs barking has become altered so that they sound rather like they are flying by at high speed. Please be assured that this is just an illusion.
When I teach intro classes on permaculture design, when we're talking about boundary optimization -- that is, when to maximize the edge and when to minimize it -- one of the questions I like to ask students is along the lines of, "How many strawberry plants, spaced 6" apart, can you fit in 16 square feet and still reach them all easily for harvest?" The exact numbers are not important; what I'm looking for is the ideal design of a strawberry planter to maximize production in a minimum of space.
Today we presented a workshop at the American Art Therapy Association's annual conference in Washington, DC. The slideshow for the presentation was too image-heavy to convert to a Google Doc, so we can't embed it here as a slideshow, but you can view or download a PDF copy.