Ernst Götsch works with Agroforestry systems to regenerate degraded areas in Brazil and improve the quantity and quality of food produced. This video, Life in Syntropy, talks to him and two of his students about their quest to save the planet while producing more and better food for everyone.
Regenerative Agriculture is a hot topic, but there aren’t a ton of great examples cleverly edited with great camera work and drone shots. This is the video that I have been looking for, showing real examples of Brazilian farmers who have actually transformed their own land.
Near the end of the film, we see 1200 acres that Ernst has worked since 1984, from above it is indistinguishable from a natural forest, but its the under canopy shots when you realize that he is harvesting many valuable products from a completely sustainable forest ecosystem. Amazing!
There’s nothing that says you need to pay a gas company or electric company in order to use the energy of the world around us! In this video, we see a simple design for a solar oven that uses very cheap materials and could easily be done in an afternoon. The only downside to it is that your cooking time will be increased significantly versus conventional methods. As long as you have the patience to wait 30 minutes for your egg (watch at 3:45 for the result) to cook in the morning sun, this solar oven is for you.
In this video you’ll see another example of how we can utilize the untapped power of the sun. I once saw a similar system for heating an in-ground pool without relying wholly on propane and thought it was quite clever. In this instance you’ll see how recycled materials and even something as simple as an aquarium water pump can be used to get amazing results. One of the things I liked most about this video is the section on improvements to the design. Watch at 2:38 to see these, and enjoy your freely heated water!
I have heard a lot of talk about Carbon farming and mob grazing and all about how we can raise our meat in such a way that we are actually trapping carbon in the soil. This is a huge and important change in how we raise meat, healing soils and reducing methane output.
One of the benefits of these methods is to strive to maintain constant green cover over all areas, which protects the soil and keeps the grass absorbing carbon. This also prevents erosion and increases efficiency and output per area. These systems are modified from natural observations of herbivores, so many like to call it working with nature; sure sounds better than the alternative, working against nature.
This is only one of the many solutions that we need in agriculture, but it does target a sore spot in our food systems. We need to continue to improve upon our food production systems by increasing the sustainability of every calorie and reducing loss and degradation at every step.
Welcome to Natural building. Using natural building materials, we can vastly reduce the ecological footprint of our dwellings and other outbuildings. A myriad of techniques exist, and while this video addresses some – such as strawbale, rammed earth and cobb, Natural building is known for its customizability.
This is the second video in a series, Living with the Land, produced by two friends of mine at Permaculture People, over in the U.K. They are doing good work spreading the word, and were nice enough to visit us on the farm a few years back.
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If you’re looking to invest time and money in building a swimming pool, check this out first! David Pagan Butler showcases this beautiful do-it-yourself project: natural swimming pools. Using no chemicals, Butler uses plants and a simple 12-volt solar-powered filter to clean the water. These pools can cost only a fraction of the price of a commercial pool, you’ll leave less of an ecological footprint, and the kids are sure to love it. Prepare to take the plunge at 1:14!
Hard science versus soft science, public ownership versus private ownership, people versus nature, Dr. Emilio Moran at Michigan State breaks each of these paradigms open in an attempt to save the Amazon River Basin from a similar fate as Brazil’s pacific forests.
Many of Dr. Moran’s works can be downloaded to PDF on his website, just click the publications tab.
Hydroponic plants with ducks! Even more excellent that nearly all of the materials were found on the side of the road, this video just goes to show you that with a little ingenuity, humans are capable of really cool stuff. We have the technology! Go out and do something great today.
How is the art of permaculture living up to its promise? Seasoned permaculture practitioner Rosemary Morrow gives us a short talk about where the design system needs to move in the future, and who it should be helping. While permaculture rapidly increases in popularity in countries such as Canada, United States and UK, Rosemary has a long track record of going where others don’t want to be.
With incredible drone shots and some time lapse images, this video gives you a deeper understanding of what a forest garden is and what it takes to make one. Whats so great about this relatively new, and extremely ancient, gardening technique? Take a look at this video to find out.