Wednesday, 29 April 2015

The Regenerative Capitalism Framework

Capital Institute:

Co-creating the Regenerative Economy.
Understand. Inspire. Engage.

Our mission is to explore and effect the economic transition to a more just, regenerative, and thus sustainable way of living on this earth through the transformation of finance

Ben Falk on "Good Design"

An overview of Whole Systems Design, LLC and the processes they work with to affect positive change. Located in Vermont's Mad River Valley, the business leads by example to illustrate the basics of sound land-use planning - in other words, how to adapt successfully in human society to the world's everchanging environmental conditions.

Ben defines good design as
1. being a functional fit with humanity, climate, and resources;
2.Concentrating value from energy (sun/wind/life processes) and extending it over time; and 3.Utilizing time as a fundamental resource.

In a nutshell, "good design" must go beyond doing "less bad" to becoming "regenerative" - improving the health of ecosystems, increasing biomass and biodiversity, and adapting to changing conditions resiliently.

Regenerative Agriculture, A Case Study - by Dan Palmer

Dan Palmer, of VeryEdibleGardens (VEG), gives an interesting look at the basis of Regenerative Agriculture, and how it applies in practice — sharing his experiences consulting for a 10-acre property about 2.5 hours northeast of Melbourne, Victoria.

Rainbow Valley Farm - Joe Polaisher

                                     New Zealand's resident Permaculture guru Joe Polaischer.

 Joe Polaischer, well known, highly respected and dearly loved permaculture teacher, farmer and pioneer past away, February 14, 2008, in New Zealand.
Joe leaves the global permaculture community an incredible legacy of commitment and dedication to healing the earth. Over the past 18-plus years Joe has empowered and inspired hundreds, if not thousands, of people through his teaching in New Zealand, Europe and Japan, and through the living example of sustainability in action he created with his partner, Trish Allen, at Rainbow Valley Farm in New Zealand.

Joe Polaischer was born in Austria and grew up on a peasant farm in the Austrian Alps. He spent many years in Africa and South America in his twenties. Passionate about sustainability, self-sufficiency, appropriate technology and bioregional community development, in 1988 he and Trish purchased the property known now as Rainbow Valley Farm on the North Island of New Zealand

The farm has been featured in magazines around the world, and from my personal experience and travels it is a global permaculture treasure. Joe’s exceptional knowledge and skills, wonderful sense of humour, commitment to excellence, and knack for making the most mundane elements of life a work of art and beauty are ledgendary.

Today those 20 acres are now some of the most fertile in the surrounding area and Rainbow Valley Farm has become a worldwide example of what can be achieved by farming with Permaculture principles. Joe is asked to travel all over the world to give lectures and workshops on the subject, but what he loves most is to stay at home and work on his garden.

                                          Joe Polaischer-Climate Change Workshop- Part 1

200m Swale System Planting Job - Noosa Area, Queensland, Australia

This march on a hot Saturday, i had the chance to plant a diversity of plants in swales with a total length of 200 meters.The swale systems was implemented by Tom Kendall from PRI Sunshine Coast together with an excavator driver and 3 practical training students at the property of Toms client near Noosa. .Afterwards Jason Davis from Permaculture Noosa Group and myself planted together 54 different species of trees and also a few vines and bushes.The climate there is subtropical which means it supports a very high diversity of plant species from many regions of this planet.

One of the swales before planting with the trees still in pots

A week before we planted the high value fruit and nut species,Jason came in and sowed a cover crop.  The function of the cover crop is to protect the disturbed soil,to bring back soil surface cover and hold the soil in place and also build biomass to improve the soil structure.The cover crop mixture contained species like Sorghum,Corn,Sunflower,Millet,Wyncassia and Cowpea.

The more fibrous plants like Millet,Sorghum,Corn and Sunflower have the role of bringing carbon to the soil.The nitrogen fixing species like Wyncassia and Cowpea help with fixing nitrogen from the atmosphere into the soil.

                                           The cover crop starting to sprout on the swale mount

Together with Jason,we planted 54 different species into a 200 meter swale system,with a planting pattern of 4 meters between plants.We also planted vines like Passion fruit or Boysenberry and one dragon fruit.

We created a Trellis for the Passion Fruit to climb on and also created a structure for the Dragon fruit to climb on.

                                                  The Dragon fruit wood pole climbing structure

                                                   The trellis for our passion fruit

Before we planted the trees into the soil we hydrated them in a bucket of water so the trees have a good start into their new lives in a new place,Its is also a possibility to soak them in some worm juice or comfrey juice before planting to give them a nutrient boost.Fungal dominated compost Tea works also very well as trees prefer a fungal dominated soil environment!

                                         Some of the trees soaking in a bucket filled with water before planting

After planting them all on the swale mount we watered each tree individually with a bucket of water and mulched around the tree with mulch material gathered on site.

                                          The trees planted out on the swale mount and mulched

The next step consisted of putting posts into the ground and surrounding it with mesh to protect the valuable trees from kangaroos and other possible wildlife that could disturb the young trees.The kangaroos were observing us already the whole day while working on site!

                                              a row of trees with protective mesh around

We planted a high diversity of fruit and nut tress like Carambola,Fejoa,Carob,Candle Nut,bay leaf,Litchi,Wampi,Tropical Apple,Paw Paw,Soursoup,Custard Apple,finger Lime,Cumquat,Pomergranate and many many more!An amazing diversity and looking forward to return soon to the site again to see how everything is developing.......

Many Thanks to Tom Kendall and Jason Davis for this opportunity!

Friday, 10 April 2015

Forest Gardens with Jerome Osentowski of Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute

Meet Jerome Osentowski of the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute and here how he grows food forests as well as multiple climates of greenhouses in central Colorado.

Learn more about Jerome here:

Ben Falk: 10 Years In A Cold Climate: Resilience & Regeneration. Principles in Practice

Webinar was recorded on August 10, 2013.

Ben Falk, M.A.L.D: Design, Planning, Systems Optimization
Ben developed Whole Systems Design, LLC as a land-based response to biological and cultural extinction and the increasing separation between people and elemental things. Life as a designer, builder, ecologist, tree-tender, and backcountry traveler continually informs Ben’s integrative approach to developing landscapes and buildings. His home landscape and the WSD studio site in Vermont's Mad River Valley serve as a proving ground for the regenerative land developments featured in the projects of Whole Systems Design. Ben has studied architecture and landscape architecture at the graduate level and holds a master’s degree in land-use planning and design. He has conducted nearly 200 site development consultations across New England and facilitated dozens of courses on permaculture design, property selection, microclimate design, and design for climate change. Ben is the author of the award-winning book the Resilient Farm and Homestead (Chelsea Green, 2013).

Larry Santoyo - Permaculture for Humanity: Beyond Buildings and Food

The future is abundant.

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Ecosystem Mimicry presentation by Dave Jacke

Ecosystem Mimicry: A Holistic Frame for Ecologic Culture Design presentation by D Ave Jacke at NH Permaculture Gathering Aug 23, 2014 at D Acres

Coppice Agroforestry with Dave Jacke

A presentation by Dave Jacke, co-author of Edible Forest Gardening, on Coppice Agroforestry. Recored at NH Permaculture Gathering Aug 23, 2014

"Our Seeds": Why save seeds and who does it

The Seed Savers' Network is an Australian-based organisation established in 1986 to preserve local varieties of useful plants. There are more than eighty Local Seed Networks for local gardeners around Australia. We are also active in forty countries so far. See About Us where you will find an overview of our activities, the countries in which we have worked, our story so far with archives of our work and how you can get involved. See also an overview of our Permaculture roots.

Founders, Jude and Michel Fanton, have authored and published three books, "The Seed Savers' Handbook", "Local Seed Network Manual" and "Seed to Seed Food Gardens in Schools" and produced a one hour documentary, "Our Seeds" - purchase our publications or film. Our new documentary "Our Roots" that we filmed in Vanuatu for CIRAD the French research institute will be out soon. Please use the resources we offer at no cost to you and without sponsored links.

Film clips from our seed travels
We have filmed and produced hundreds of clips and uploaded them to Seedsavers Youtube channel. You may view just 38 of them in the media player below. Topics include home seed production, unusual varieties of food plants on markets, food production and distribution systems. The large main frame is the first three minutes for our one-hour documentary "Our Seeds".

This is just the first 3 mins of our 57 min documentary on traditional food plants, that we shot in eleven countries. We took all the footage and made it in our editing suite in Byron Bay, Australia in 2008. "Our Seeds" has been shown on television in ten Pacific nations and on cable television in Manhattan NY in January 2010. We offer DVDs of "Our Seeds" for sale and work papers at

Brogo Permaculture Gardens with John Champagne

Transition Bondi goes on an adventure to the NSW far south coast & visits John Champagne @ Brogo Permaculture Garden. John shows us how he has implemented permaculture principles to create an abundant food garden in a temperate region.

John Champagne:

In Australian and regional permaculture circles, John Champagne is one of the principle Permaculture teachers and has been lead teacher on permaculture courses for over 10 years. John’s teaching career has taken him all over Australia and in recent years to South East  Asia where he has taught Permaculture Courses (PDC’s) and workshops in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Cambodia.
John brings to any event the experience of over 20 years of active involvement in the permaculture movement. From private property design & establishment, consultancies, school gardens and eco-village designs, his  activities are well documented.