|Jeddah, Makkah, Saudi Arabia|
(projects i'm involved in)
Al Baydha, SA
(projects i'm following)
I grew up in Minnesota, born to Southern Alberta folks.
My introduction to permaculture came through interests in design efficiency--the first book that got me into the ideas was "Natural Capitalism" by Amory Lovins and Paul Hawken. From there it was "Cradle to Cradle," then books about sustainable building design, with interests in earthbag, cob, and strawbale building.
I'm currently managing a 700 square kilometer project south of Makkah in Saudi Arabia. We hope to have our 28 hectare demonstration site well-established by 2013, and a wide-scale implementation well on its way by 2016. Our project includes flash-flood control and harvesting, reforestation of a desert, desert agriculture, sustainable building, solar energy, aquifer replenishment, public health and education initiatives, and in the end we hope to build an off-grid sustainable village populated by settled Bedou who will have learned all these systems.
I've started my own blog, focusing at the moment on how the Arabian Peninsula could be largely converted into productive land.
Evaluating the species to plant based on a water budget.
After 3 years with no rain, we finally got a second test of our water system. Here's some footage of a new check dam, with one rainfall worth of silt and grass starting to grow.
Building a 5 meter earthbag dome to teach building skills and house pigeons.
One baby venemous snake in the hand means there are probably 100 more in the bush...
Even a Door Can Have Stacked Functions
air conditioner condensate dripping straight into a garden--no soil amendments, no mulch, no digging--rudimentary but it's working.
A 60-20-20 mix of used paper, cement, and fine sand for blockmaking and mortar.
The day of a big test for our building system, and for our workers who have put 3 months of effort into this, just on the faith that I told them it would stand...
3.5 kilometers of stonework and razor wire to keep out camels, goats, and sheep.
A low-tech system of flood control that handles the shocks of arid mountain climates and makes the water available for use year-round.
Dams are great at stopping flash floods but otherwise fail at storing the water.
www.albaydha.org has left the building.
|Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course|
|Teacher: Geoff Lawton|
|Location: Dead Sea Valley, Jordan|
|Date: Oct 2010|
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