[permaculture] Permaculture in Panama

John Thomas Naisbitt johntnaisbitt at gmail.com
Thu Oct 8 14:09:24 EDT 2009


Jason,
We have a farm in the Bocas Del Toro region of Panama where we do practice
Permaculture. There are other farms in the are which do as well, but as far
as their contact info, I am not too sure. I am away, and have been for three
years, from the farm, but know that there is a strong desire in the area for
Permaculture Practice since the influence of Bill Mollison during random
visits over the past few years.

Try Searching the Bocas area, it is a good place to start.

John

On Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 10:45 AM, jason brown <jasonbrown644 at hotmail.com>wrote:

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> > * STORY HIGHLIGHTS
> > * Geoff Lawton is using renewable
> > natural resources to enrich ecosystems
> > * Permaculture can turn the most
> > arid, nutrient-free soil into thriving habitats
> > * Lawton's friend and mentor, Bill
> > Mollison developed the technique in the 1970s
> > * Lawton has turned deserts in Jordan and Morocco into rich oases
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> > updated 12:51 p.m. EDT, Wed October 7, 2009
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> > (CNN) -- It is midday and Geoff Lawton is hard at
> > work at Zaytuna Farms in New South Wales,
> > Australia. But the real work, he says, is going
> > on inside the center of the compost.
> >
> > Geoff Lawton says that permaculture "revs up" systems of soil creation.
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> > "There's lots of things breeding in there," Lawton says.
> > Compost may not seem a sexy subject, but within
> > this steaming pile, life is being created.
> > "There's organisms breathing and dying and
> > reproducing very quickly," he says. "It's all
> > very hot and steamy."
> > That rich soil lays the groundwork for Lawton's
> > revolutionary method of food production. It's
> > called permaculture.
> > Lawton's friend and mentor, Bill Mollison,
> > developed the process back in the 1970s. Since
> > then he and Lawton have traveled the globe
> > preaching the value of permaculture and its aim
> > to create harmony between the landscape and the
> > people who live on it.
> > "Nature exists in an incredibly rich form, and
> > enriching form and does so without any energy
> > inputs from mankind," Lawton explains.
> > "Permaculture does the same thing."
> > "We've taken the systems of soil creation and
> > soil life and we've revved them up. We've speeded
> > up nature itself and we've improved the system."
> > Watch Geoff Lawton at work ?
> > So what does it take to improve the system?
> > Lawton says it's about rehabilitating areas that
> > have been damaged by pollution or overuse by
> > recycling nutrients and energy back into the
> > soils.
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> > Fact Box
> > Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is the
> > conscious design and maintenance of
> > agriculturally productive ecosystems which have
> > the diversity, stability, and resilience of
> > natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious
> > integration of landscape and people providing
> > their food, energy, shelter, and other material
> > and non-material needs in a sustainable way.
> > Source: Permaculture Research Institute of Australia
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> > Permaculture also takes all the things we need --
> > our housing, energy sources, food and water
> > supplies -- and tailors them to fit into the
> > natural rhythms of the ecosystem. The idea is to
> > work with, not against, nature.
> > Lawton says that during the first few weeks and
> > months you don't see the real benefits, but after
> > a year to 18 months you really start to see the
> > difference.
> > "Within two or three years you can see a system
> > that is really something that's got great
> > opportunities and possibilities," he said.
> > The gardens at Zaytuna Farms bear fruit and
> > vegetables of all that hard work. The real
> > measure though isn't how it works, but where.
> > Lawton claims this permaculture method can work
> > anywhere in the world, including the desert.
> > "Almost all the deserts on earth at one point
> > were forested," he said. "They all have different
> > types of oasis systems. What you're doing is
> > picking different points in the desert and
> > turning them into a rich oasis."
> > On a DVD created by the Permaculture Research
> > Institute of Australia, Lawton shows us what
> > happened when he took this method to places like
> > Morocco and Jordan -- just 80 kilometers from the
> > Dead Sea.
> > "People were amazed to see an area that was
> > salty, sandy ground, turn into a lush green
> > forest, that had mushrooms growing from the
> > soil," Lawton said.
> >
> > The ability to "green" the desert is not only
> > having an impact on the communities where these
> > gardens are grown. Interest is also sprouting
> > among young people.
> > Dozens come to Zaytuna Farms every year to learn about the permaculture
> method.
> > "I've only been doing it a year and once you hit
> > upon the principles it's basically observations,"
> > said intern Jonathan Chan.
> > "You have to look at the land and which way the
> > wind is blowing and see where the sun angles are
> > and design around that and it does seem quite
> > simple."
> > For Chan it's as much about cultivating a new way
> > of life as it is about cultivating the land.
> > "I think people are getting to the point where
> > they have to make change and permaculture is a
> > good direction to go," he said.
> > Still, permaculture isn't without its critics.
> > They argue the method is time-consuming in the
> > early stages and that makes the system hard to
> > get off the ground in many places.
> > It can be made even more difficult if the people
> > living around the site aren't familiar with the
> > process.
> > But Lawton argues the time and energy expended in
> > a permaculture garden is offset by the quality of
> > the experience, and the richness of the end
> > result.
> >
> >
> > "A good organic farmer works a thousand hours a
> > year. The industrial mankind works two thousand
> > to three thousand hours a year. What do we have
> > to show for it? Gadgets.
> > "We don't have community, we don't have clean
> > water, clean air or sensible housing. As negative
> > as we currently are, we can be equally positive,"
> > Lawton said. "It's not just self-reliance or
> > self-sufficiency, it's absolute abundance."
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