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Ghost town becomes Eco Village

www.permacultureplanet.com It's a utopian fantasy- discover a ghost town and rebuild it in line with your ideals-, but in Spain where there are nearly 3000 abandoned villages (most dating back to the Middle Ages), some big dreamers have spent the past 3 decades doing just that. There are now a few dozen "ecoaldeas" – ecovillages – in Spain, most build from the ashes of former Medieval towns. One of the first towns to be rediscovered was a tiny hamlet in the mountains of northern Navarra. It was rediscovered in 1980 by a group of people living nearby who had lost their goats and "when they found their goats, they found Lakabe", explains Mauge Cañada, one of the early pioneers in the repopulation of the town. The new inhabitants were all urbanites with no knowledge of country life so no one expected them to stay long. At first, the homes weren't habitable so they lived 14 in a large room. Slowly they began to rebuild the homes and the gardens. When they first began to rebuild, there was no road up to the town so horses were used to carry construction materials up the mountain. There was no electricity either so they lived with candles and oil lamps. After a few years, they erected a windmill by hand, carrying the iron structure up the hill themselves. "Even though it seems tough and in some ways it was, but you realize you're not as limited as you think," says Mauge. "There are a lot of things people think they can't do without a lot of money and there's never been money <b>…</b>
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hugelkultur – the ultimate raised garden beds

richsoil.com permies.com Hugelkultur is raised garden beds that reduce or eliminate the need for irrigation and fertilizer. This video shows the why and how of this type of raised garden bed. Hugelkultur can be built by hand or with machinery; urban lots or large acreage farms; The focal point of this video is a project in Dayton, Montana where Sepp Holzer installed nearly a kilometer of hugelkultur beds in early May of 2012. Then the video shows the results in mid September. Michael Billington is currently the land manager there. He explains how the beds have not been irrigated and goes into some detail of the qualities of the food from the different aspects of the hugelkultur the north side tends to be sweeter and the south side tends to have more bite (lettuces tend to be more bitter and mustards tend to be hotter). Special appearances by Christy Nieto from Bellingham, Washington (see her smaller berm / raised garden bed in the background – she reduced, but did not eliminate irrigation); Melanie and Brad Knight from Sage Mountain Homestead in Corvallis, Montana (building hugelkultur with a bobcat); Sepp Holzer adding branch mulch plus throwing seed; Jessica "Jessi" Peterson showing the mulching technique. The recipie is: wood and brush covered with soil; immediately plant seeds; a bit of mulch helps. Because the sides of the raised garden beds are usually steep, adding mulch is done by pinning the mulch to the sides with branches shaped like pegs (referred to as nails <b>…</b>
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Chicken suffering at the low end of the pecking order 02

Follow up on the advice I was given from first video post. Many thanks. I will keep everyone updated on the success or failings of my plan.
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Chicken suffering at the low end of the pecking order

I really need some advice from anyone who's had some experience with this issue. One of my chickens is being picked on by all the others by pecking at its toes till they bleed. I've separated the chicken, cleaned and bandaged its toe and am waiting for some advice on how I can fix the problem before I put it back in with the others. I've heard of it being because of boredom, if this is correct, I'd love some advice on how to "entertain" them. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Jim
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Seed Saving – Cauliflower Urban Farmers Garden Update

Just a quick garden update, recorded on the phone to show you the various stages of cauliflower seed saving.
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a tour of 4 outhouses

permies.com The fourth is an amazing piece of art. With some really smart engineering. It seems that the secret to having no odor is to have a large pit and to vent the pit. It also helps to separate the pee. In all four, folks were encouraged to pee outside – way from the outhouses. Sawdust is used in case there is any smell. A properly built outhouse can be better for the environment than a septic tank or a sewage treatment plant. I like these three designs much better than any of the humanure systems or composting toilets. Relevant www.permies.com www.permies.com www.permies.com www.permies.com music by Jimmy Pardo
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The Backyard Farmer video update. Making modifications and bottling some beer.

www.thebackyardfarmer.net In this video update I will show you how I make a small containment area for some of my smaller fish in the big fish tank and I incorporate an idea from a viewer for growing duckweed in my surge tank. At the end of the video I bottle some of the beer I am been fermenting.
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The Backyard Farmer video update- cleaning the swirl filter and worm refuge

www.thebackyardfarmer.net In this video update I show you how I clean my swirl filter and bio filter online. I also show you progress of the Worm Refuge and how well it does in my experiment.
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Permaculture Ukulele Musical Project

Help Charlie create more great permaculture songs and release the album! To check out the crowdfunding campaign, please head to www.wethetrees.com . Thank you in advance!!
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