|Honolulu, HI, United States
(projects i'm involved in)
Ulgii soum, MN
Port Villa, VU
(projects i'm following)
theGreenBackpack.net [permaculture journeys around the world]
Spent my twenties building a business, aquiring a small real estate fortune, then promptly losing everything in the GFC.
This gave me a golden opportunity to re-evaluate my life priorities & purpose, and I spent 9 months traveling & living out of my backpack before stumbling into my PDC.
* regenerative design, permaculture education, enterprise development & start-up, overseas development & sustainable aid
* 2012 - present, taught first PDCs on Oahu, HI w/ co-instructor Hunter Heaivilin.
* Lead Instructor on 2012's 'Food For Life' PDC in Vanuatu.
* Lead Instructor on 2011's Sustainable Education and Agricultural Learning project in Bayan Ulgii, Outer Mongolia.
* Founded the nonprofit Asia-Pacific Center for Regenerative Design, based in Hawaii to serve the Asia/Pacific region.
* Worked with Southern Cross Permaculture Institute on Mongolia's Inaugural PDC in Zavkhan province 2010.
* Co-developed online course of permaculture study with Southern Cross Permaculture Institute, now taught as part of RMIT University's 'Masters of Wellness' program.
* Built strawbale & lightearth construction projects with longtime permies Rick & Naomi Coleman.
* Contributing writer for PRI.org.au, Permaculture Magazine [UK], TransitionVoice.org, and the Sustainable [R]evolution book project.
*Author of 'Regenerative Business: Beyond Sustainability'.
Shifting cultivation is still widely practised in the rural areas of Vanuatu, where land is cleared, cultivated for a number of years, and left fallow while families move to a new piece of land to repeat the process. After each cultivation period, the soi
I was invited to speak at TEDxHonolulu last year, and shared the story of my permaculture journeys around the world thus far...
We sent Transition Voice a postcard from Mongolia.. and they published it!
In which we meet a former Kazakh-boxing-champ-turned-farmer and preview his largescale fruit & vegetable production plot on the steppe..
A small, well-designed and fully insulated (including the floor) earthen shelter is sufficient to keep the chickens warm throughout the winter (which can reach minus 40C) without active heating. The site we visited had a small earthen chicken house (app
Remember the Lorax? All the trees here have been cut down for winter fuel and building materials...
minus 20C sucks.
...some background information about SAEL, as described by ADRA-Mongolia, the NGO facilitating the project:
The presentation aims to use local examples to illustrate permaculture principles in action. Photos are from Mongolian Permaculture Project 2010, ranging from the Dornogobi in the south to Tosontsengel in Zavkhan province in the north, and from a visit
…and so seven months later I wake up in a ger [yurt], my belly in knots from too much tsu-te-tse [traditional salty milk tea] drunk the night before, and dash outside, into the achingly cold morning and over to the pit latrine at the edge of the hasha
To my surprise, my parents weren’t exactly thrilled that their prodigal son was returning home from his two-week intensive course in the bush to convert their neatly manicured green lawns to a messy, hippy garden they would have to explain to their urbani
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