Geoff Lawton

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Muslims worldwide are buried within 24 hours just in a white cotton cloth straight in the ground no pollution involved.

It is also written in the Islamic texts that one the best things you can do is plant useful trees even if you know you are going to die today it is written that the best thing you can do is plant a tree, and this gives you on going spiritual credit while that tree is alive and is of benefit to other living things.

Both together this can form and organic forested cemetery.
2 years ago
Permaculture is an evolution of humanity, relative to present time with the full intention to engage with the ethical design science using available and appropriate global living and technology elements, without metaphysics or belief systems required.
Indigenous peoples had very few choices and were sanctioned by the living and technology elements available to them, we have more choices like the computer we are both using.
The present time is very relative to human evolution potentially towards a naturally abundant future greater than any other time in Earths history, with permaculture design a positive intention to facilitate creative events is possible with an inclusive style of approach.
5 years ago
You need to put a thin scatter mulch over the seed 1 bale to 40 square meters.
5 years ago
Hi Matt
rain water catchment off a roof works fine with clay tiles or metal roof. If you are worried about metals in water that only happens if your pH is really acid 4.5 or lower (very low) through HEAVY industry down wind and can be easy to correct by putting a lump of limestone rock in your water tank. Screen your in take to your tank to prevent mosquito and screen your roof gutters if you live under trees, let a little sun light in through your in take screened hole so you get some algae growth on the inside of the tank which acts as a bio-film taking out minor organic pollutants. This works fine worldwide
Enjoy the best water in the world, ask anyone who lives in rural Australia.
5 years ago
Hi Pamela
there is some interesting info here: http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/rrr/composting/pubs/index.htm

The natural system of decomposition through composting locks up toxins even radioactive over time through the life carbon pathways, you need to speed these processes.

You new to you fast pioneer weeds, crops and trees to mob up toxins then increase the decomposition cycles to lock into the carbon molecules forming long chain carbon based molecules and after a few cycles the toxins become inert.

There is some very interesting research already done this.

Cheers Geoff Lawton

Check out www.permaculture.org.au/permies
5 years ago

Michael James wrote:

Michael James wrote:

Geoff Lawton wrote:Hi Michael
try this http://www.google.com/cse?cx=005882427699693072259:-ubk9xtrqgq&ie=UTF-8&q=Water+harvesting+DVD&sa=Search&siteurl=www.permaculture.org.au/&ref=&ss=7155j2870493j22#gsc.tab=0&gsc.q=Water harvesting DVD&gsc.page=1


Cheers Geoff Lawton

Check out www.permaculture.org.au/permies



Awesome!



All I need now is a mountain side farm, a professional designer, and piles of money and I will have my own little piece of paradise. Realistically though, I'm hoping that these same principals can be applied to your average flattish farmland (maybe not to the same degree). I got the pdf book version of "Water for Every Farm" and I'm hoping that between all the visuals and research I can figure out a way to have something serviceable that can be done myself. Thanks again for the links.

in Christ,
Michael~



Hi Michael
no mountain side farm needed, faltish land is much easier and cheaper to develop, so you will need less money just a small little pile, an average farm landscape flat country swale 4 foot wide in the swale base trench (so quite big compared to a garden swale) takes a minute to construct 6 feet in length at an average of $2 a minute machinery cost using an excavator, or road grader even cheaper . You could start small and slowly with just hand tools and hand dig your swales, I find 20 foot a day digging a smaller swale of about 3 foot across. Small ponds of the size of a home swimming pool to an Olympic swimming pool size often only cost $1500 to $3000 dollars and can easily last more than 600 to 1000 years especially in flatish lands where very little height is needed on dam walls and swale banks to both hold volumes of water in ponds and stop spread and soak water through swale banks re-hydrating landscape down hill. Swales are tree growing system and increase in functional efficiency as they develop into contour tree lines. Flatish land also often has surplus soil when dams are excavated and this can be creatively shaped into earth banks (at no extra cost or very little) that can function as sun traps, wind breaks as flatish land is often also stressed by wind, earth mounds can also assist in increasing tank stand heights to increase irrigation capability. Windmill water pumps or small solar pumps can be used for pumping to header tanks.
Something many people do not realize is that rammed earth houses can be built with surplus soil especially from flatish landscape dams using earth moving equipment to compact earth walls like 3 earth dam walls above ground as a sun trap, this is an extremely cheap and efficient way to built a very energy efficient house. I have done this for a consultancy client and I could probably write a whole post on this.
A good permaculture designer will be useful or you could just take a PDC with a good PDC teacher who has a reputation of creating very active students.
I hope this helps you start this journey of permanence and enjoy your journey.
Cheers Geoff Lawton

Check out www.permaculture.org.au/permies

5 years ago
Hi Kari
you are doing the right thing with the cell grazing but make sure you are carefully observing the response and fertility gain in relation to time cycles to stocking rates. If you can get a Reams soil test done http://www.acresusa.com/toolbox/reprints/Feb07_ReamsTesting_andersen.pdf and make sure your calcium exchange is good. Feed your stock minerals and give them good quality mineral lick blocks also see http://www.acresusa.com/toolbox/press/coleby.htm
also http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORk5gG4mCYE

Then compost all your most persistent weeds with the mineralized manures of your stock see http://www.google.com/cse?cx=005882427699693072259:-ubk9xtrqgq&ie=UTF-8&q=Compost&sa=Search&siteurl=www.permaculture.org.au/&ref=&ss=3975j3318349j9#gsc.tab=0&gsc.q=Compost&gsc.page=1

Especially cut and add the weeds left by your stock after cell grazing and add to compost.

Get shelter belts up on those contour swale lines as soon as you can, as shelter is going to make a huge difference where you are, especially use species that can multifunction in any way, forage, firewood, nitrogen fixing, bee forage, fungi etc etc. 20% of the productive landscape can be designed into shelter with no loss in production of stock or crop. Wind born nutrient harvest will be an added benefit and snow soak in spring rather than snow evaporation will give you great gains. Design for wind shelter, sun trap, and springtime snow shade and don't make it hard on yourself and become a vegetarian.

Fun fun fun.

Cheers Geoff Lawton

Check out www.permaculture.org.au/permies
5 years ago
Hi Michael
yes water harvesting is a priority in consultancy analysis water, access, structures, 1,2,3).

There are not that many good all inclusive permaculture water harvesting design books out there, Brad Lancaster has done some great work on drylands mostly suburban.

Try this set of references:

http://www.google.com/cse?cx=005882427699693072259:-ubk9xtrqgq&ie=UTF-8&q=Water+harvesting&sa=Search&siteurl=permaculture.org.au/2012/06/01/zaytuna-farm-video-tour-apr-may-2012-ten-years-of-revolutionary-design/&ref=www.google.com/cse?cx=005882427699693072259%3A-ubk9xtrqgq&ie=UTF-8&q=10+year&sa=Search&siteurl=permaculture.org.au%2Fpage%2F7%2F&ref=permaculture.org.au%2Fpage%2F6%2F&ss=8375j5598309j19&ss=5522j2286616j17#gsc.tab=0&gsc.q=Water+harvesting&gsc.page=1


Cheers Geoff Lawton

Check out www.permaculture.org.au/permies


5 years ago
Hi Fabrizia
yes that is fine go right ahead if it is a free showing.

If you charge for it, then PRI would appreciate a donation to help us keep making these DVD's.

Cheers Geoff Lawton

Check out www.permaculture.org.au/permies
5 years ago