Greening the desert using permaculture

Geoff Lawton
Saturday, 16th February 2013

"You can fix all of the world's problems in the garden," says Lawton. 

Take a glimpse into the impossible project that not only succeeded, but thrived. This is the story of how permaculture methods helped green a small portion of hyper-arid desert: a place with near to no rainfall and temperatures reaching 50 degress C.

Geoff Lawton designed a system that harvested every precious ounce of available water by effectively using and manipulating the natural landscape.

They found over time that they had de-salted the landscape naturally, creating a living soil and proving everybody wrong.

Even now with limited funding and minimal maintenance, the 10 acre site is nearly self-sufficient, and becoming increasingly fertile every day. 


See Masanobu Fukuoka's Sowing Seeds in the Desert and Sepp Holzer's Desert or Paradise for more information on restoring 'difficult' landscapes.

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