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Tim Southwell
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The subject headline kind of gives a new meaning to the 3 - P's of business, but it works for me in this context. This thread is a 'call-out' to Permaculture practitioners around the globe... I want to hear and see what you are doing. Whether a day's recap, a pic or two of your latest project, or a video documenting your Permaculturesque practices in all their glory... Let's see them!! Seeing is believing, and it builds hope and confidence in all that will follow in your footsteps towards a better, healthier tomorrow. Let's showcase our collective efforts from the Equator to the Poles, and give the masses the ammunition they need to start their vision forward today.

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To get this started, here is our latest video of how we handle livestock waste & manure at the farm, while turning it into an asset of many uses.



 
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Here's my rock dams project, which uses the principle of a small and slow solution to the big problem of this eroding creek:

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Here's a fun video articulating permaculture ethics:

https://vimeo.com/151604927
 
Tim Southwell
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Tyler,

Nice use of rocks in the waterway... Lawton Gabion-esque! Any luck with organic matter capture? Have you tried planting in / around the rocks to take advantage of any moisture retention, as well as night time condensation off of rocks?

What next on the docket for projects?

 
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Elizabeth,

Nice outfit

What are you up to? Any projects of your own underway?

Presently we are working on completing our Crater Garden, going on 18 months of work! Covers over an acre and is super awesome. Will post some pics / vid over the next week.

Look forward to seeing more P.P. in P. from other folks soon.
 
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Tim,

Nice! Looking forward to seeing pictures.

I've just come to completion on a permaculture diploma.

There is a 49 page summary of field work on this page: http://brightsky.eco-pioneers.org/the-first-two-years/

Plus you can poke around the site to see other projects.

After I get back from Hawai'i I'll be headed to Nacogdoches, Texas to prepare for a Regrarians course in June. www.integratedacres.com

Where is your Crater Garden located?
 
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Tim Southwell wrote: Any luck with organic matter capture? Have you tried planting in / around the rocks to take advantage of any moisture retention, as well as night time condensation off of rocks?


I just built them so no time for organic material to accumulate. Planting anything here is fraught with peril because of the hordes of deer. I may put some deer-resistant native plant seeds in the channel at some point, but they're likely to just wash downstream.

 
Tim Southwell
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Tyler,

Not a surprise to see 25 deer and 100 elk in our fields from time to time. We have had good luck with thorny varieties that coppice well (they can handle the grazing). Also, we spray our new plantings in Plant Skydd prior to planting. It is approved by the OMRI and is essentially powder bovine blood. They won't touch it! We have planted... sea buckthorn, black locust, barberry and hawthornes to name a few.
 
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Glad you've successfully thwarted the browsers, Tim.

Here's a project I'm working on which uses the principle of function stacking or integrating rather than segregating components, a planting of citrus in an especially warm and protected spot on the south side of rainwater tanks. I'm still in the process of preparing the area for the second tank and will post photos of progress in future:

I should mention the list of permaculture principles I'm trying to apply to projects is this one: http://permacultureprinciples.com/principles/
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Tim Southwell
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Tyler,

I like the frame-work for your design. Most citrus can't get below 24-26F for survival. Those 'black' tanks would be a great start. I might also throw in some rock mulch if possible.?. Once you finalize and start the process, keep us advised.
 
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Elizabeth,

Here is a the first intro video on the Crater Garden install. This takes place in August 2014, but believe it or not, we are presently continuing the project (18 months later!). I have videos of the process, and will post an updated version each day or so, until we are to present day. You can also see all we are doing over at Youtube: ABC acres

I have a good friend in Nacadoches, TX, so let me know if I can put you in contact once you make your way there in June... should be a great course!



All the best,
Tim
 
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OK, so if you watched the previous video Part I, now fast forward 9 months to Part VI. Know that we have continued work this past winter and will be releasing that video update in the coming month.



Keep up the Good Fight!
 
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Wowee! Those terraces look amazing. Right on, Tim.

You want to PM me your Nac contact? I just got into Austin and I'll be heading out there shortly.
 
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Here is our latest Mobile chicken coop unveiling...

https://youtu.be/X8cwRXPdxbs

 
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E,

Sent the pm per your request. Have fun in Texas... great place and people.

The Crater Garden keep getting more immense as the weeks pass. More to come!
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