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Permaculture Plant Database
The Natural Capital™ Plant Database is a repository of temperate climate plant information for ecological design...
- As of January, 2016, the data includes contributions from 2822 users from 70 countries.
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TreePeople community initiatives
Keeping trees alive in a drought ... Permaculture tips & techniques
The following radio interview with astute words of advice from our GreenPolicy friend, Andy Lipkis is well worth tuning in...
Andy draws from his permaculture experience and water savings ideas to propose a resilient water plan and rain harvesting as a key water saving tactic.
Take a look at some of Andy and his water harvesting friends' recommendations and share models that work... how Southern California is reaching out and using Australian green best practices for water savings in the face of historic drought and recent mandatory water cuts throughout California.
Australians also have been confronting historic drought conditions and TreePeople's team are pointing out ways the Aussie "Land of Oz" (and origins of Permaculture and the Green Party) is among world leaders in water saving and smart water usage practices... Water conservation lessons from AU...
Sharing Green Best Practices
Of course, permaculture practices have roots in Aussie land in the person of Bill Mollison.
Climate change impacts, whether Australia or southwest US, are real and the water crisis brought on by drought in California continues to impact greatly. Look at what Altadena is doing in California as another model to capture and save water.
Their Foothill MWD water department collaborated with Hey!Tanks LA and TreePeople to develop a cistern rebate program. Kudos. Going the right direction in the foothills/headwaters of what used to be the LA River and the streams that in the olden days would replenish the LA basin aquifer and resupply (perma-supply in a cycle) the water being drawn out by LA's water wells (which are a considerable percentage of the Los Angeles water supply.)
There are ideas in the works to revitalize the LA River watershed but right now let's talk Cisterns.
Cisterns Above- and Below-Ground
- Cisterns sound ugly, but they don't have to be ugly-looking... Cisterns over the ages
Rain Barrels for Rain Gardens, Backyard/Frontyard/Sideyard, Rainwater-on-Demand
- Rain barrels to catch roof-runoff can be very handy tool in helping maintain hardy landscaping.
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Speaking of water saving approaches and sustainability initiatives, there's a program in LA to replace the turf of water-hungry lawns with water-conserving perma-practice 'lawns', i.e., nextgen earth-scaping... http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-lawn-rebate-explainer-20150416-story.html
The DWP program to switch is up to $3.75 a square foot that the LA Dept. of Water & Power will give homeowners to rip out their turf, that old-fashioned look, and replace it with hardy, drought-tolerant plants.
The US EPA is increasingly focusing on water conservation and water saving.
As California confronts its historic drought, the water savings ideas of permaculture practice become more and more important."Water's valuable in the Golden State!"
Take a look at Nate Downey's recent PermaDesign book -- Harvest the Rain. Nate is one of the vital voices advancing permaculture practices in the US. Also, check out Brad Lancaster's very popular Rain Harvesting book. Friends and Bioneers -- Nate Downey, Brad Lancaster, Andy Lipkis... permaculture-visionaries at work!
Global greening is happening, permaculture practices are a future to follow...
Practice permaculture in our times:
Water saving, rain harvesting, water storage systems, conservation and smart water usage makes great sense -- the time has come to be water smart
Since the early 1980’s when it was first developed by Permaculture Co-originator Bill Mollison, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide have taken this training, though the Regrarians version is widely regarded as being one of the best going around for its no-nonsense & practical approach. Our 15 day residential or ‘weekend a month’ experience has attendees involved in a wide range of practicums, presentations & self-learning experiences. The Regrarians PDC is putting ‘Design’ back into Permaculture, and has attendees complete a minimum of 6 design exercises in order to iron out common mistakes and provide open feedback, including that of one the world’s acknowledged Permaculture masters and their guest trainers. Located on real project sites this PDC has a track record of changing people’s lives in a positive, practical and pragmatic way.
October 17 at 1:56 pm
Steve Schmidt -- Congrats to our PermaDesign team
A roofwater runoff perma-app -- http://permadesign.com/calculator/
I've never seen the term 'perma-app' before, I just made it up ;-
And note to self dot dot dot, it's time to develop an easily accessible/useable database of perma-related apps
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