HOW TO INTEGRATE LIVESTOCK INTO YOUR FOOD FOREST

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Permaculture Promotion | Comments Off on HOW TO INTEGRATE LIVESTOCK INTO YOUR FOOD FOREST

Introducing livestock into your permaculture guild is a great way to ensure increased yields especially if you plan on creating a large scale forest covering more than one acre. Livestock can help reduce the amount of work you need to put into your guild, as well as provide you with manure to improve the health of your soils and a way to get rid of waste products from your guild. Different types of livestock provide different benefits but all types are useful for site preparation, insect control, weeding and many other functions. The following are a few ways that livestock can help you increase the production of your permaculture guild or food forest;

  1. Site Preparation

Goats, sheep and other foraging mammals can help to clear brush as well as prune excessive foliage from trees in your permaculture guild. Portable fencing and tethering will help you to restrict this livestock to the area you want cleared and avoid having them damage other sections of your guild.

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  1. Pest control

Chicken, geese, ducks and other poultry are great for controlling insect levels and will search out and find even the tiniest grub that can cause havoc on your guild. Ducks also eat slugs and snails and stop them from damaging ground cover or leaving slimy trails on the vegetables in your food forest. Guinea hens are especially effective in insect control, and have been found to decimate up to 90% of the insect population in a habitat without ruining the soil with incessant pecking and scratching.

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Although bees are not traditionally considered as livestock, they play a large role in improving the proliferation of plants in your guild by facilitating pollination and ensuring that plants are fertilized for greater production and higher yields.

Precautions to take

While livestock is by and large helpful in increasing the production of a permaculture guild, they can wreck havoc if kept unchecked and it is important to put in place measures that ensure that the animals only go into the places you want them to and perform only functions that will be beneficial to your guild. Avoid letting goats, cows, rabbits and other foraging animals loose into guilds that contain vegetables and other foliage rich plants. Keep animals away from young trees to avoid having them get eaten or trampled into the ground. Place fences around your permaculture guild to prevent animals from wandering in and destroying all your hard work.

home_module6_picLivestock can be an integral part of your permaculture guild, providing nutrients in the form of manure, helping to control harmful pests and facilitating various beneficial processes such as pollination. By ensuring that you limit them to areas where they will do the greatest good, you can reap myriad benefits especially in the form of increased yields, and reduce the amount of time you need to spend on your guild to keep it in optimal condition. You can learn more about how to incorporate livestock into your permaculture guild at the Open Permaculture School and Regenerative Leadership Institute.

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Mistakes to avoid when setting up a greywater management system

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Permaculture Promotion | Comments Off on Mistakes to avoid when setting up a greywater management system

A greywater water reuse and management system is an innovative way to ensure that you economically use the water generated in your bathroom, kitchen and the shower. It also provides water for irrigating your land during the dry season. Despite the good intentions, some of the systems are abandoned before they achieve the benefits the owners had intended to gain. This normally because the cost of running it becomes high, the water is not well treated, or the local authorities stop them. Here are a few ways to ensure that the system does not fail.

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 Different states have different regulations regarding the use of the greywater and the possible avenues where the water can be utilized. In other states, some of the greywater such as that from the kitchen sink is regarded as blackwater due to its high organic content. It is important to know all the regulations in place before setting up the project. Improper utilization of the water may lead to the closure of the system and penalties.

Define your goals

 It is important to have a goal for which you are implementing the system. That goal could be to lower your water bill, increase productivity by irrigating the land, or do away with the cost of treating the water through a third party. The design of the system should follow the laid goals for it to be effective and easy to manage.

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Wrong systems

There are several systems that can be used to treat the grey water or deliver it to your garden. Each system I appropriate when the set conditions are met. If you would like to reuse waste water from your domestic household activities in the garden, you do not need to have a sophisticated and complex system in place to do. Moreover, the system that you choose should be in line with the building code or the plumbing system in place.

 Ask for expert advice when choosing the systems to buy for the management of grey water. The systems should be easy to use and should have spare parts ready in case of a breakdown. Expensive systems may counter the reason for which you are reusing the wastewater.

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Learn more about wastewater, rainwater and general water management at home and office at Open Permaculture School and Regenerative Leadership Institute. With several years of experience, you are sure to get quality resources and practical scenarios on water management. The courses are available at any time of the year

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Sustainable Development And Permaculture

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Permaculture Promotion, Regenerative Leadership institute | Comments Off on Sustainable Development And Permaculture

Sustainable Development And Permaculture In Present Urbanization

The devastating effects of the modernization are seen by people across the world.  The exploitation of resources and depletion of natural resources is seen largely all over the world. This is one of the biggest problems that people are facing across the globe. This is the reason that the concepts of sustainable development have come in vogue. It is just not sufficient to talk about sustainable development. It is crucial to adopt this and change things from the root so that the nature would be replaced in some point of time.

For this it is essential to understand the nature of sustainable development. It is essential to learn how to adopt it in life so that one can get better life in the long run. The permaculture design and regenerative design institute ecology of leadership are two aspects where you would learn to adopt such techniques which would help you to attain sustainable development.

Checkout The Prime Concerns For People Across The Globe

In the design there are several aspects which are considered. The study covers areas such as renewable energy, rainwater harvesting, soil regeneration, food forest and garden design and so on.  There are so many things that you will have to inculcate in your life so that you would get positive results in your life. Definitely, in the urbanization it is a real challenge to introduce sustainable development. But to protect and safeguard nature this has also become one of the prime concerns for people across the globe.

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So if you want to have a system where the nature is protected and taken care, then make use of the resources to get some of the best solutions for your environment. There are courses which are helpful to the masses. In these courses the best and effective solutions are provided and students can learn the sustainable development aspects for their life. Where is the individual to work towards a better tomorrow?

Every individual should learn the techniques of sustainable development and make use of them during the day to day life so that better results would be obtained. Therefore the permaculture education plays a predominant role and it is applicable in day to day life in several aspects. It is essential to learn and understand this pattern so that you can adopt and use the sustainable development concepts in every part of your life. This is one of the biggest changes that you can make to have a better future and development.

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To explain it more precisely, for instance, rainwater harvesting is crucial and it is well known to all. With the urbanization increasing in one hand and buildings and population increasing to the core it has become essential for the masses to make use of the rainwater harvesting techniques so that they get better results in their life and save water for future use. Although this is a known fact, how many of them have been successful in adopting these techniques in their life. Present urbanization has led to the threat of increase in natural disasters and other calamities, it is the responsibility of every man in the world.

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Organic farming – Report from Bec Hellouin farm

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Bec Hellouin farm, Organic Farming, Organic Methods | Comments Off on Organic farming – Report from Bec Hellouin farm

Organic farming – Report from Bec Hellouin farm

This article will serve as a short report from the middle of the project that started back in 2011. This project was started to assess the workload and turnover that is generated from this kind of farming. This report was created to show the extension of economic gain from this kind of project.

Three important methods were used on this project, small area that is used for cultivation, absence of any form of mechanised labor and larger focus or intensification of production on that area.

Initial phase of the study was conducted in an area already under the farm production. Later it was expanded on larger surfaces until it reached maximum of 1 000 square meters. Reason for this kind of study is to avoid the study of parts of the area which would represent a leverage for better or for worse in the final data. Introduction of  land that is studied continued up to the fall of year 2015.

IMG_4480Whole area was divided in sectors, and study was conducted on all 70 sectors. Two types of sectors were present in the study, round mounds and wooden bordered beds.

Workload part of the study is important because no machines were used while working on this area. Total hours spent working during a year was 1 400 hours. This number brought us to 35 hours spent on work in a week. Most of those hour were done during summer, autumn and spring, while the least of them were during winter. And a lot of those hours were spent on work in greenhouses. Workload can be divided and explained in few categories:

Preparation of the soil which can be done by a tiller, but was done by hand tools only. This category includes the preparation and distribution of mulch.

Seed preparation and other tasks that correspond that, sowing and planting time, harvest and so on.

cultivatorMaintenance that includes a number of tasks, weeding, physical protection, fertilization and other things.

Some of these tasks were done by cheap workforce because those tasks didn’t require any specialization. Weeding was one of those tasks.

Turnover was calculated by number of crops produced and they were priced like other organic products. Few things affected this data, and most of those things were issues that didn’t come from the farm:

First problem was that production exceeded demand. His caused the prices to go down. Some of the products were gifted to charities while some ended in compost. And this is an issue a permaculturist can’t do anything about, it is about people and their choice of what they want on their tables.

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Low intensification of crops occurred during winters in form of reduced production of plants that were not in greenhouses.

Water issues were factors that lowered production during 2012 and 2013.

At the end, this kind of production is good, abundance can be reached while producing plants and following permaculture program, designs and principles. Main problem are the people that don’t know and don’t listen to people like Vladislav Davidzon who constantly tell them what is healthy and good for everyone.

A nice meal of fresh and pesticide free products is still subordinated to a fat injection in form of junk food.

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Principles and designs of permaculture

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Permaculture Design Principles, Principles of Permaculture, Regenerative Leadership institute | Comments Off on Principles and designs of permaculture

Principles and designs of permaculture

Well permaculture was first brought up by Joseph Russel Smith, back in 1929, but it was years later that permaculture was shared with larger number of people. It was done through Regenerative Leadership institute which was founded by Vladislav Davidzon. Check his Facebook page.

DSC_6591_1Through history permaculture has evolved, and as it was expected it gained a set of rules, tenets and principles of design that people involved in permaculture teach others. These so called rules are important for every human, and it should be followed in order not to continue destruction to our planet and its natural habitats.

There are three tenets that are in core teachings of every permaculture oriented teacher, and is important to know by everyone.

First principle is to take care of the earth. Help natural system to work as naturally as possible. With healthy earth we people can live healthy life.

Second principle is about taking care of people. Using energy nature gives us we can gain new ways of living from it.

Third tenet is so called fair share. It means that if we take from nature we should give something back. In this case we should recycle waste and if possible return it to nature.

 Permaculture has 12 principle designs it teaches everyone to follow, I should write but a few words about each one.

  1. Observe nature and interact with it in order to learn from it and use that knowledge in everyday life. And improving that life with more healthy and green solutions.
  2. 1339387869Be certain to gain something from work you invest in permaculture. Don’t work for nothing, permaculture works well if you gain something from your time spent on nature, in order to do it again.
  3. Learn to get natural energy and find ways to store them for future use.
  4. Tell others to improve their interaction to nature, and with that try preventing them from further destruction of nature.
  5. Try to depend less on non-renewable resources and try to integrate renewable resources in your life as much as you can.
  6. Try not to produce too much waste. This can be done by using thing that should be waste and implementing them elsewhere.
  7. Try to find natural patterns and integrate them in your life. Every natural system has patterns on which It is based and by observing them we can see thing that could help our designs too. Those things should not be overlooked.
  8. If you want to create and maintain permaculture system start small. Smaller systems are easier to maintain and you can use local resources.
  9. Diversity is a key for a good permaculture system and you should have a lot of diversity in your system. This will reduce chances of external threats to your system.
  10. Put things together in a system you try to maintain, some rather not expecting connection could happen.
  11. Risk with things you wouldn’t think about doing to your system, and see results, they will surprise you, as nature often does.
  12. Natural system are changing, so we should be not surprised with permaculture systems doing so too. Don’t try to stop it, change you approach and observe.
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