Jadav “Molai” Peyeng has been planting trees since 1979. In that time he has single-handedly created a forest larger that New York City’s Central Park.
Where there was once barren wasteland, the forest that Jadav planted is now the home for Indian rhinoceros, Bengal tigers, deer, rabbits, and apes.
John Liu happens on to a solution to our problem of desertification in agriculture’s wake. He travels the world to countries like Jordan, China and Ethiopia to show the possibilities in re-greening areas turning into desert.
We are pleased to announce that we are hosting the 1st North American Permaculture Convergence.
This is a historic event you won’t want to miss! The NAPC will include workshops for all levels and ages, open panels, as well as super-fun, hands-on activities and a design implementation that will leave the site better than when we arrived (sometimes you just need to put your hands in soil).
And there’s more! Before and after the NAPC, there will be urban and rural site tours plus multiple-day workshop intensives led by some of North America’s most respected permaculturists like Toby Hemenway, Jude Hobbs and Mark Shepard.
Practitioners and designers from rich, diverse backgrounds—urban and rural, young and old, men and women—will impart their wisdom and expertise. There’s so much to learn and share!
The North American Permaculture Convergence will help to connect and advance North American networks of permaculture practitioners. The NAPC will also create opportunities for in-person and virtual connections, sharing resources and defining the structure, function and organization of our collective groups moving forward.
For the latest information and to purchase tickets go to: NorthAmericanPermaculture.org
Learn how beneficial soil microbes can provide soluble nutrients and plant disease suppression to your farm or garden.
Twenty years ago, Stefan Sobkowiak bought a commercial apple orchard with the intention of converting it to an organic orchard. He did just that, but eventually understood the limitations of the organic model originating from monoculture. He then decided to tear out most of the trees and replant in a way that would maximize biodiversity and yield while minimizing maintenance. Inspired by permaculture principles, the orchard now counts over 100 cultivars of apples, plus several types of plums, pears, cherries, and countless other fruits and vegetables.
Permaculture Movement Gains Ground
(ABC 6 NEWS) — As rising fuel prices and a turbulent growing season have driven up the cost of food, some are looking for new, more permanent and sustainable ways to farm.
About twenty students gathered at Harmony Park in Clarks Grove on Friday to study permaculture.
What is it? Well…
“It’s very hard to fit permaculture in a nutshell,” said Wayne Weiseman, a world-renowned permaculture expert who led Friday’s workshop. “It’s a comprehensive system of design for sustainability.”
So what does that mean exactly? Well, permaculture involves everything from sustainable farming practices, to green building techniques, to responsible energy use.
“It’s a complete lifestyle,” Weiseman said. “I guess one of the ideal goals of permaculture is to create a zero-waste environment.”
And Harmony Park itself looks to be a leader in the permaculture movement.
Officials say they’ve been expanding their garden every year and plan on adopting new practices to make the park more self-sufficient.
“When we have events like we have now with food waste, we give that to the chickens,” said Jay Sullivan, the park’s owner. “The chickens in turn lay eggs, and we gather those the next day which feed us, so it’s a really nice cycle that we’re a part of.”
And while experts say many aspects of permaculture are very simple and easy to learn, there are still a number of barriers preventing it from gaining widespread recognition, including start-up costs and a lack of educational resources.
“The issue is that we’ve built this infrastructure on most farms with corn, soybeans, etc., that it’s very difficult to make that change,” Weiseman said.
But despite the obstacles, Weiseman said they’re making progress.
“It’s a slow process. But there are a lot of younger people getting into this now and a lot of younger people working on farms all over the world,” Weiseman said. “So we’re starting to see a bit of change in the way things are done.”
During Friday’s workshop, students were able to get their hands dirty, building a more efficient garden plot and designing conservation systems to lessen the park’s environmental impact.
Source: KAAL TV