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Permaculture Technologies

At MiKu Valley we define permaculture technologies as any technique or practise that is used to accomplish the permaculture design goal. With this page we introduce or update you to a very few broad impact projects that make use of traditional indigenous and emerging or re-emerging methods to accomplish numerous goals in specific physical locations. That said, Permaculture tecnologies are applicable in most if not all human endeavours.

Like all technologies they have or will evolve - often due to location, available natural and human resources, local knowledge and capacities including climatic and weather conditions over time. Most projects, regardless of scale, have numerous embedded technologies designed to accomplish the steps to achieve the project goals. These examples, like with permaculture in general, the designer(s) looks to achieve multiple relationships and synergies which utilize the available (or create new processes to introduce new) resources in multiple ways for multiple benefits as they cascade or "move" throughout the design framework.

Again, some of these projects or proponents would not in themselves claim them to be "permaculture designs" per se, but we can clearly see many parallels between the methods and the goals. Regardless of what terms we use for the specific technolgies and practises the proof is in the pudding, so to speak.  And, while each individual project listed may offer the prospect for a relatively narrow outcome it is also likely that these various project strategies could be blended and merged to potentialy achieve broader results and greater resiliency over the long term. In each example the proponents are clearly trying to obtain overall processes that are regenerative in the holistic sense. Meanwhile, they seek to utilize available resources without creating residual wastes for any other parts in the environmental context that the project is embedded within. In these cases the "environment" is the often the broadest characterization of human and natural systems in and around the project. In broadest terms permaculture design primarily considers WATER, ACCESS and STRUCTURES within the ethics and principles of the discipline.

Note that some of the links may include either organizations or specific projects often working in extreme or degraded environments. You are invited to explore more below.

From their website:

"How We Started

In the 1980s Dr. John Todd experimented with using biologically diverse systems to deal with recalcitrant contamination issues. These systems led to research and patents and have widely influenced a generation of wastewater technologies. In 1988 Dr. Todd founded John Todd Ecological Design [JTED] to commercialize this vision and to create an accessible alternative to conventional wastewater treatment and a suite of novel techniques for the remediation of degraded water bodies. 

What We’ve Done

Over the past 27 years, John Todd Ecological Design has completed projects on five continents dealing with waterborne waste streams ranging from domestic sewage to industrial wastes. JTED has been involved with the rehabilitation of a wide range of water bodies including sewage-contaminated urban canals, storm water ponds, landscape features and natural lakes."

From their website:

"The Greening the Desert Project is living proof that we can reverse desertification and bring back life to desolate barren lands. By living in harmony with nature and applying permaculture design practices to the landscape the possibilities are endless. We believe that humans have a duty to be the most beneficial element in an environment instead of the most destructive.
Our project aims to inspire people around the world to take matters in their own hands and tackle the big environmental issues that threaten our very existence as a species on this planet. We want to help people to not only live sustainably but to live a regenerative lifestyle that can create a permanent regenerative global culture. "

From their website:

"We empower ordinary, everyday people to take the lead in restoring the earth, working together to change the broken system ourselves, rather than waiting for others to take action. We are a network of people and projects doing people-centered productive restoration to increase and build back the ecosystem functionality of degraded landscapes. The Ecosystem Restoration Camps movement offers solutions, eases eco anxiety and inspires people through positive impact stories, learning opportunities and hands-on experiences.

The restoration work at camps draws carbon down and cools the surface temperature of the earth, thereby fighting climate change. Restoring degraded land also increases local biodiversity, restores water-systems, and improves food-security and local livelihoods. It is empowering to know that you, as an individual, can have such a significant impact through the simple act of working together to build biologically diverse, life-supporting ecosystems.

Restoring ecosystems creates a world of abundance, with more than enough natural and financial health and wealth for us all."

The commercialization of kelp and seaweeds in the northern Atlatic is growing into a large industry. Located in coastal areas of Greenland, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark and other regions the industry is growing rapidly. One of many processor groups is featured. From their website:

 " The members of DSO are small companies in the Danish Seaweed industry. DSO develops and maintains a web portal presenting the member companies, a broad range of products, links to a lot of relevant information and resources and information about legislation, quality and certification. DSO also coordinates initiatives like participation in national and international tradeshows and exhibitions."

Savory Institute: Loss of grasslands leads to climate change, floods, droughts, famine, and worldwide poverty. It’s our mission to promote large-scale restoration of the world’s grasslands through Holistic Management. Holistic Management is a process of decision-making and planning that gives people the insights and management tools needed to understand nature: resulting in better, more informed decisions that balance key social, environmental, and financial considerations.

Savory Institute website here: Savory.Global

Ridgedale Farm AB is a high quality local food producer and pioneering educational site established by Richard Perkins.  Richard is excited about facilitating the next generation of entrepreneurial young farmers getting set up profitably on the land through powerful and focused learning experiences.  Here at 59°N in Sweden we demonstrate and teach Farm Scale Permaculture Design, Regenerative Agriculture, Keyline Design, Agroforestry, Pasture based livestock enterprises, Managing Holistically, No-Dig Market Gardening as well as operating our own on-farm poultry processing facility. Our foremost responsibility is regenerating our landscape, ecosystem processes and soils through resilient, replicable, scalable and profitable farm enterprises. Our secondary function is to educate, facilitate, inform and empower people into action through regenerative design, enterprise and holistic decision-making that fosters and stimulates local community, economy and resilience.

From their website: "Regrarians Ltd. Statement of Purpose

    Our primary responsibility is to the regenerative enhancement of the biosphere’s ecosystem processes. Our secondary responsibility is to provide the potential for people to be informed about the regenerative economy, whether it involves their work in agriculture, land management, corporate life, domestic services, manufacturing or other activities that are within the reasonable domain of humans…”

The Regenerative Resources Company - Neal A, Spackman [Website frontpage states the site is currently in maintenance mode]

From the web archive: " RRC works with landholders, governments, institutions, communities, and tribes, to transform degraded landscapes into regenerative, circular economies. RRC guides this transformation hand-in-hand with local stakeholders, by providing design, training & education, and wholesaling services."