The Science behind Regenerative Agriculture

Regenerative Agriculture proposes the farming of perennial plants: tree based crops, thus never leaving ground exposed and creating more biomass and diversity year after year. The science behind why this is so important for the survival of our species and the health of the planet as a whole is explained in this lecture by Walter…

Rodent Proof Greenhouse

When we planted our summer seedlings this year we had some issues with mice in the greenhouse eating the larger seeds that we planted. Our pumpkin, courgette and cucumber seeds were being targeted and eaten each night so after the second time of refilling our seedling trays I decided to make a mouse-proof section of…

A Simple and Cheap Greenhouse

This greenhouse design is incredibly quick and easy to assemble. We got lucky in that all the materials we needed were already lying around on our farm, but if not then a little bit of scavenging could land you everything you needed. First up, the materials list: Wooden stakes & a hammer Plastic tubing &…

How to make Wine

This year we made 110 litres of wine from our vinyard at our permaculture farm. The process was surprisingly easy and after borrowing the first fermentation tank from a friend our only investment was a 100 litre oak barrel for storage during the second fermentation. We realised during the process, that we could make wine…

How to Transplant Mandioca – Video

A quick run down of the video, with some information which I forgot to mention Take a cutting from a previous Mandioca plant. The reason that potatoes and onions are usually grown from other potatoes or onions rather than seed is because they take over a year to go to seed. The reason they create…

How to dry out your food waste before composting

Here we have a short guide on how to build a device that will dry out your food waste, ready for use in your composter, and also produce a pungent liquid which you can use to fertilise your plants. What will you need? Two of the same size large plastic buckets which can sit one…

Simple Composter in a Hole

Here we have a very simple design for a large composter. We had a group working on this for about half a day and we managed to finish it comfortably. You can see the full system in the photo below, so I will just make some comments about the design, and how to use it….

Make a Pallet Composter

Here is a straight forward design for a big composter that you can make from pallets, and a few more materials. Before we start, here is a picture of the composteira in situ, looking beautiful in the hills of Cardinot, Brasil. It took a couple of volunteers a couple of days to build this. All…

How to Make a Bamboo Plant Bed

Beginner build time around 3 hours with power saw Here we have a really straight forward design that anyone can make. If you have a power saw it will make things a lot easier. If you are using a hand saw then you may be looking at a one day build time. First you need…

Make a Heated, Insulated Timber Frame Greenhouse

I spent two months in the beautiful Roan Mountains of Tennessee last year. I went there to learn how aquaponics farming works and during my time there we were building the green house to keep the tomato’s warm through the snowy winter. Massive thanks to David and Karen, my Workaway hosts. If you would like…