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Morocco project update

Morocco project update

Morocco project update There are some impressive result coming in from Morocco – Laurent Project, where David Spicer undertook a Mainframe earthworks design and installation in November 2015. After David returned from Morocco Geoff and the PRI team did up a short video about the project Here (to give the reader some back ground on the project and as a base line of where it started from ) David has been keeping in contact with the site owner, Laurent Levy who is doing a great job of the follow up planting at the site where the earthworks occured and overall development of the site into an eco-tourism retreat being situated only 1.5 hours’ drive from Casablanca The earthworks have progressed nicely and below is a series of photos of when we were installing the earthworks and after the first decent rains of the season. Keeping in mind the site receives

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Returning the surplus

Returning the surplus In the spirit of returning surplus, We are opening our home with a FREE intro to Permaculture, come and have a look around the gardens and tree systems small water harvesting earthworks on our half acre block. We will covering just the basic directives or Permaculture in a 1.5 hour theory session and a walk and talk session out side looking at what we have done and talk about why. learning out comes from this intro would be a basic grasp of permaculture and more importantly how to apply it to your life situtation. form more infomation please Message me or email david [at] permacultureworks.org or give us a call on 69471978   for more information contact us via our contacts page or our lined line mentioned in the flyer hope to see any one local here, it will be a great day for all.    

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Grow Permaculture, Help the world

Grow Permaculture, help the world! Talbingo, NSW EDUCATION $100 of $10k Raised by 2 people in 23 days Donate Share on Facebook 103 SHARES Tweet Share Created February 7, 2016 Joanne Stokker “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” ― Bill Mollison Permaculture Works and Edge 5 Permaculture  are working with Stokks Consulting  to create a team that will secure long term for a person or community a sustainable food source that gives back to the environment. David Spicer – Permaculture Works: David Spicer’s approach to design and education is based upon a proven emphasis on practicality, having over 16 years’ experience in Permaculture education working and teaching with Bill Mollison at the Permaculture Institute (Tasmania) and Geoff Lawton, the managing director of the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia and Zaytuna Farm. He is renowned for his ability to explain concepts and ideas simply,

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International Permaculture day at the Permaculture Sydney Institute and a report on works at the site

A recent trip to the Permaculture Sydney Institute  Rural demonstration site Bandusia eco retreat I was invited up to Bandusia by Penny Pyett to take part in International Permaculture Day and do some work on the site mainly on infrastructure which is one of my strongest skills having spent some years working in the building and construction game, I developed a varied skillset and can turn my hand to most things and also to check out the site for some future workshops and courses we are planning there.  International Permaculture Day  was a great success with a turnout of 40 plus people to come look and hear us talk about the little steps we can take to make a change. We had Robyn Willamson  a volunteer seed- saver teacher and activist from Sydney come up to do a workshop on seed saving. Myself talking about  forestry and portable sawmills and a Lucas mill

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Using Timber and Forestry to Help Sustain Our Lives Locally

Using Timber and Forestry to Help Sustain Our Lives Locally

(Edit) Using Timber and Forestry to Help Sustain Our Lives Locally — by Deborah Willis April 12, 2013   This year, May the 5th 2013, is the celebration of International Permaculture Day. In keeping with the theme of this important event, we need to be aware of the importance of producing and using “local”, especially with regard to forestry and use of timber. Local sustainable forestry management and the use of timber to build shelters and fences, etc., and the use of its by-products, benefits the whole community. The benefits for us include learning new skill sets •Sustainable forest management teaches us how to be with nature, to read and understand her, working with nature not against her, regenerating new forests using species that have been cut out over time, leaving a more healthy forest for the next generation, understanding the product in tree form, providing habitat trees and feed

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Getting the bones right

Getting the bones right

Attention: Farmers, Hobby Farmers and Acreage Holders 23% Failure Rate for Farm Dams Do Not Call an Earth Moving Company until you Read This.   A $3000 – $7000 dam can rapidly turn into a million dollar nightmare (with lives lost) in just one downpour of rain if certain key principles are not strictly adhered to. 23% of new farm dams fail each year in NSW alone. Find out how you can get hands-on-controls experience with earth moving machinery and acquire all the necessary knowledge to direct Professional Surveyors, Plant Operators and Contractors in the most important permanent projects on your farm. Experienced farm designers want to show you exactly how to harvest every drop of water falling on your property, protecting crops and livestock from drought while every farm around you cracks and turns brittle brown. And at the same time give you a solid understanding of the finer

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Managing a coppice eucalypt forest

Managing a coppice eucalypt forest

 Managing a coppice eucalypt forest In Australia we really need to get back to our European roots of coppice forest systems. As Darren Doherty states we push out the stump after we cut the tree, when the eucalypts coppice beautifully, something along those lines. There’s the great work of Ben Law author of [the woodland way] talking about the various products that come from a coppice forest in England.   In my travels to Morocco, I had seen quite clearly the value of coppice, which are eucalyptus trees coppiced about every 5 years for fire wood, simple structures and formwork props for construction to name a few uses. Eucalyptus oil that we all know so well is a coppice system.  In my childhood my father cut and distilled eucalyptus oil in a 4 year coppice rotation the same as his father and his father did, so you can see how

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Portable saw mills and sustainable timber

Portable sawmills and sustainable timber In 2006 I brought a portable sawmill and have been milling timber since and I must say it’s a great feeling turning a raw resource into useable product on site. Mill to the log. I’ve milled timber in towns and on farms. There are many types of portable sawmills even a chainsaw used to mill. High tech and low tech.           I use a Lucas mill which is a circular saw for cutting timber/lumber, this model  can cut up to 150mm x 300mm up to 8m in length and also a chainsaw bar and chain attachment for slabs, but there are other types of circular saw mills that can do the same. There are also bandsaw type portable sawmills, which have less waste in the cutting process but are bigger and harder to get into difficult places.       The average stationary hardwood mill

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