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Summary

Paul sits back down with Alan Booker after a fourteen-month hiatus to get back into the Big Black Book, aka Permaculture a Designer's Manual by Bill Mollison.

A picture on page 14 depicts a hilly plot of land at the start of a valley and indicates where water collects and flows almost straight downwards towards the bottom of the valley.  The next picture shows what happens when you interrupt the flows of water by digging ponds in its path, digging ditches on a slight incline towards another pond slightly lower down the valley.  This repeats until the water is finally allowed to flow along the bottom of the valley.  In the meantime, the greatly increased amount of water available has allowed a great deal of vegetation and trees to grow whereas the previous picture was mostly barren.  The only other change is the addition of what appear to be windmills that the two hypothesize are to pump water back up to a higher pond to circulate it even more.  

It should be noted that Mollison probably didn’t originally invent the system, as some people credit the image to P. A. Yeomans’ “keyline” system, who in turn also wasn’t the first to come up with such a system, as people in Hawaii have been doing something similar for generations before either of them.  But they didn’t document it, so credit for inventing it goes to an unknown people lost to time, and credit for putting it on paper goes to Yeomans.  Heck, even Sepp Holzer didn’t create his farm to follow permaculture, he made it to his own design and only when Mollison went to see it find out that what he was doing was called “permaculture”.

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