Here’s what we’ve been up to…

Hi, this is Geoff,

My humble apologies for the two-week break in Friday Fives. I’m still ironing out the ‘how to’ when things don’t go to plan, e.g. the patchy internet availability while I was ‘on the road’ over the last two weeks. In process! So…

I am pleased and proud to tell you that I’ve recently been in Malaysia assisting with the initial establishment of a Permaculture Research Institute, Master Plan Site. It is being implemented by a young Malaysian family who completed my one-year Apprenticeship Program at Zaytuna Farm.

These new demonstration sites, which function as education centers, give me hope. Hope that rapid change is possible at a local level, with local people leading by example. In the years I have left as an active permaculture teacher my goal is, not to produce students who just barely squeak by but rather, to produce some of the most competent, creative, and ethical permaculture designers, consultants, teachers, and practitioners the world has ever seen.

There can be no greater legacy than to offer the hope of a harmonious, naturally clean, pure and abundant world for an intelligent, truly developed, civilized, peaceful and evolved humanity to continue living indefinitely on this earth. The ethical design science application that is Permaculture is possible and can easily be our new reality.

So, today from Jordan, I bring you the Friday Five…

Sea Spray: ‘Dust Queen’ Vicki Grassian, Distinguished Chair of Physical Chemistry at UC San Diego, where for ten years they’ve tackled the question, “How does the ocean affect Earth’s atmosphere?”, has discovered that sea spray is much more than just salt and water. As a surfer, I always knew the spray had a very special quality so I am very pleased to know it has now been realised :).

Roadmaps, but don’t forget the water!: Mark Jacobsen, Director of Stanford’s Atmosphere and Energy Program, and collaborators have created clean energy roadmaps for 139 countries to avoid 1.5°C global warming by 2050. Meanwhile, access to clean water has been denied in one of the most “developed” countries in the world.

Simplest way, best results: Take a tour of Charles Dowding’s no-dig garden at Homeacres, Somerset, UK. It’s inspirational and a wonderful example of what can be accomplished in only 5 years!

It’s not ‘killing the bad guys’: In Permaculture, we design high quality compost which contains an enormous number of diverse, beneficial soil micro-organisms. Understandably, my ears twigged when I read the term “disease-suppressive soil” in this recent article.                 

Recent plant microbiome-targeted studies are fundamentally changing our understanding of disease suppression and the role of the complex microbiome, says Linda Finkel, Dept. of Plant Pathology, University of Minnesota, USA

 

And in case you missed it: Here are a few interesting pieces published this week from our sister site, the non-profit Permaculture Research Institute:

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That’s it for the Friday Five.

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So, until next week,

Your friend,

Geoff

P.S. I’m now in Jordan to visit and teach at the Greening the Desert Project site where I will be doing a face-to-face PDC followed closely by a 4-week Internship Program. While I’m there, I’m hoping to do another video tour of the site, so stay tuned for something very special in the coming weeks 😉

2017-09-04T06:28:11+00:00 Blog|3 Comments
  • So much agree with you Dear Geoff.

    Viable demo sites is what we need more of. People who can DEMONSTRATE over time (and not just talk about) that permaculture & sustainable, responsible (and profitable) business models can go hand in hand. Keep going and thank you for your wonderful contribution over all these years.

    Best wishes from Geneva in Switzerland.

    Above in reply to your text in 4th September 2017 Friday’s Five.
    “In the years I have left as an active permaculture teacher my goal is, not to produce students who just barely squeak by but rather, to produce some of the most competent, creative, and ethical permaculture designers, consultants, teachers, and practitioners the world has ever seen.”

  • ionut barbu

    Hello Geoff and team .
    It’s always great to hear from you . Thank you for all the experience shared with us .
    Looking forward for updates from Jordan .
    Must be amazing to see how much you can achieve even in the worse places with good permaculture management .
    Best wishes from Essex , UK
    Ionuț

  • bonnie Poole

    The science of aerosols generated by ocean spray is both informative and ominous. Will scientists use this information to artificially “spray” the atmosphere to attempt to mitigate climate change? I would personally hesitate to endorse a policy that might have unknown repercussions.