Vandana Shiva and Geoff Lawton: Freeing the Seed

Collard Greens' Seed Pods

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

Sep 5, 2012 by Seed Freedom

Regular readers will know we are doing what we can to support Vandana Shiva’s “Occupy the Seed” campaign, running between 2 — 16 October, 2012. This worthy “Seed Freedom Fortnight of Action” is a call to respect and liberate the world’s seeds and to maximise their diversity — their being the very basis of our existence, and an absolute wonder of biological ‘magic’ in their own right. […]

Continue reading

Dirt! The Movie

Dandelion Salad

Jamie Simko

Summer 2009: Juliet Tomatoes

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

DIRT! THE MOVIE is an astonishing, humorous and substantial look at the glorious and unappreciated ground beneath our feet. Dirt feeds us and gives us shelter. Dirt holds and cleans our water. Dirt heals us and makes us beautiful. Dirt regulates the earth’s climate. Why do we humans ignore, abuse, and destroy our most precious living natural resource? Consider the results of such behavior: mass starvation, drought, floods and global warming. Continue reading

Edible City: The Movie

Dandelion Salad

Strawberries

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

Oct 17, 2012 by

Dig in and Grow the Revolution at www.ediblecity.net

Edible City is a fun, fast-paced journey through the Local Good Food movement that’s taking root in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the nation and around the world.

Introducing a diverse cast of extraordinary and eccentric characters who are challenging the paradigm of our broken food system, Edible City digs into their unique perspectives and transformative work, finding hopeful solutions to monumental problems.

Inspirational, down-to-earth and a little bit quirky, Edible City captures the spirit of a movement that’s making real change and doing something truly revolutionary: growing the model for a healthy, sustainable local food system.

Continue reading

“Quaquaponics” – How to set up Aquaponics with Ducks! + Art Garden: Backyard Aeroponics: Self-sustaining Farm in the City

Dandelion Salad

Duck feeding

Image by Andwar via Flickr

Aug 20, 2012 by

You don’t need to eat fish to set up a backyard aquaponics system! Ducks are a great alternative and produce a huge amount of nutrient for growing veggies (not to mention eggs, meat and snail & slug control!) and they’re generally good friends to have around. At the Farm of Fluff, Chris and James set up this “quaquaponics” system with a few bits and pieces we’d collected from the side of the road and so far it’s doing brilliantly! You need a strong pump and good filtration to cope with the large particles coming through, though! (We found a whole tomato blocking the drain one day, so check and clean regularly!)

Continue reading

Don Tipping: Permaculture: Follow the Water System

Dandelion Salad

Jul 18, 2012 by

Established pond

Image by oliverk via Flickr

Permaculture seed wizard Don Tipping takes us on a 10 minute animated tour of the epic Seven Seeds Farm in the Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon, USA. The farm was designed using Permaculture Principles and Keyline patterning. We follow the water system from top to bottom, and then the amazing downstream effects are revealed. This video was produced by Andrew Millison as part of the course content for his online Advanced Permaculture Design Practicum, Hort 485, taught through the Horticulture department at Oregon State University’s Extended Campus: http://www.beaverstatepermaculture.com.

Continue reading

Geoff Lawton: Permaculture

Dandelion Salad

Jul 3, 2012 by

Ripening Blackberries

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

Geoff Lawton is an internationally – renowned permaculture educator, consultant and practitioner. He emigrated from England to Australia and later studied permaculture with Bill Mollison in Tasmania. He established the Permaculture Research Institute at Tagari Farm in New South Wales, Australia, a 147 acre farmstead previously developed by Mollison. PRI was eventually moved to Zaytuna Farm, in The Channon, where it continues today.

Since 1985, Geoff has designed and implemented permaculture projects in 30 countries for private individuals and groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, & multinational corporations. He has taught the Permaculture Design Certificate course and designed permaculture projects in 30 countries. The Permaculture Research Institute supports the establishments of Permaculture Master Plan sites worldwide as demonstration sites and education centers that network their research

[…] This event was held in Ajman, UAE on 31st of March, 2012.

Continue reading

A Farm for the Future (must-see; repost)

Dandelion Salad

In case you missed this when it was first posted.

BBC
2009

Dill in December!

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

Wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking investigates how to transform her family’s farm in Devon into a low energy farm for the future, and discovers that nature holds the key. With her father close to retirement, Rebecca returns to her family’s wildlife-friendly farm in Devon, to become the next generation to farm the land. But last year’s high fuel prices were a wake-up call for Rebecca. Continue reading

Permaculture Research Institute of Australia: Zaytuna Farm Tour

Yummy Juliet Tomatoes

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

May 31, 2012 by

For much more info and pictures, go here:

http://permaculture.org.au

Continue reading

Hope in a Changing Climate + Rwanda: Forests of Hope

Coreopsis

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

on Dec 20, 2010

Continue reading

Learning from the Community of the Land By Shepherd Bliss

Growing Red Raspberries

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

By Shepherd Bliss
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
http://www.vowvop.org
June 18, 2011

While recently shoveling aged horse manure around berry vines on my small organic farm to fertilize them, which gives me great pleasure, I thought about what I have learned about the community of the land by farming over the last two decades. I noticed how spreading brown gold–to which I add the green manure of decaying plants–utilizes waste to transform plants and help them grow. The animal-plant connection is essential to life.

Continue reading

Toby Hemenway: How Permaculture Can Save Humanity and the Earth, but Not Civilization

https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/

Growing Red Raspberries

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

nicholasschoolatduke | September 22, 2010

Hemenway is a frequent teacher, consultant and lecturer on permaculture and ecological design throughout the U.S. and other countries. His writing has appeared in magazines such as Natural Home, Whole Earth Review and American Gardener. He is an adjunct professor in the School of Graduate Education at Portland State University, a Scholar-in-Residence at Pacific University, and a biologist consultant for the Biomimicry Guild.

Continue reading

The Power of Neighbors

https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/

Yummy Juliet Tomatoes

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

peakmoment | June 26, 2010 | 27 minutes

Peak Moment 174: Jan Spencer didn’t stop with a permaculture makeover of his suburban home in Eugene, Oregon. Now he’s taking on the neighborhood! As a result, his neighborhood association is teaming up with city programs like Neighborhood Watch and Emergency Response to empower neighbors to work together. They’re transforming lawns and abandoned lots into edible gardens, and sharing knowledge about energy efficiency, permaculture, and preparedness. These grass roots endeavors help people feel more secure in their homes, because they’re connected with neighbors they can rely on.

Continue reading

Jawaseri School Garden, Jordan

Dandelion Salad

Yummy Juliet Tomatoes

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

Permasolutions
February 05, 2010

Geoff Lawton talks about a new school garden project that is a collaboration between the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia (PRI – http://www.permaculture.org.au) and KidsAreSweet (www.kidsaresweet.com). This project enables children in a small village with severe water shortages to learn how to build soil, maximise water retention, and create garden abundance.

Continue reading

Permaculture around the world + Fairview Gardens Organic Farm nestled in an urban area

Freshly Planted Spinach

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

on Jan 11, 2010

Australia’s Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) recently visited the Permaculture Research Institute in Australia to check out the work of Geoff Lawton at Zaytuna Farm.

Continue reading

High on Permaculture in the Rocky Mountains

Dandelion Salad

Yummy Juliet Tomatoes

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

peakmoment
November 22, 2009

Kris Holstrom’s off-grid permaculture farm at 9000 feet high is living proof that food can be grown nearly anywhere. Managing with a very short growing season and water constraints, she and her interns have created magic. Tour the sun-warmed, insulated greenhouse where greens are grown year-round. Its home to a waterfall and pond with fish, trellises for grapes and seedlings, artwork for the soul, and mushrooms growing from straw. The outside garden offers herbs, berries, greens and prayer flags. Kris sees herself as a steward of the land, and delights in sharing it with kids and interns in a spirit of love and reciprocity.

Continue reading