Sunday, February 20, 2011

Permaculture with Entity Green

i watched a ted talk a few weeks ago, if you don't know then you should check it out, the video i watched is called using nature's genius in architecture you can watch it here.. i love how you can easily add videos to a post :) the video basically talks about how we can copy the way nature does things and create according to that, for example nature never creates something that doesn't have any use, even when trees or animals die they decompose and can also be used as compost for plants, to have a clear idea, watch the video

i don't know why i this video, i just thought the concept is interesting and because a week ago i was introduced to something called permaculture.

permaculture is sustainable land use design. That is based on ecological and biological principles(i stole from wikipedia). the project is done by entity green, if you live in amman i'm sure you were introduced to anselm ibing at some point, he is an environmentalist who's been working on environmental projects with Entity green here in jordan.

so the permaculture project that entity green is doing now consists of two projects, one of them is in jordan valley in a village called jawasreh, i volunteered there with alomost 30 other people to help build a house from straw bales and mud briks, this was a preparation for a workshop taking place from the 27th of february until the 3rd of march so if you're interested in getting your hands all muddy and having a wonderful spiritual experience please contact me on my email or mobile and i will connect you with anselm.
to know more about the project which will be given by trainer sasha rabin visit these websites: Building Course, Jordan
(pictures of the first project below)

the second project is the mafraq permaculture reforestation project in an area called Sama serhan the project is designed by entity green employees (anselm, dan and jo). 25 donums of land located around the st. george vineyard close to the Syrian border. we planted trees using premaculture methods which means planting the trees in contour swales that catch rain water so that the trees get watered naturally without using irrigation and it also stores water, of course that will take some time to accomplish as the trees still need irrigation. the trees we planted are chosen to be compatible to the climate of the area.

along with the entity green team, christian douglas who is specialised in premaculture came with us to this location and gave us a few tips and lots of useful information on how to plant trees.

i learned a lot from this experience and i still have much to learn, i'm not even sure i explained the whole thing the way it's supposed to be explained but if you want to learn more you should come volunteer.. i can't wait to plant nitrogen fixer trees in my garden :) my pear, cherry, apricot and lemon trees are going to be really happy :)

i know i haven't been using caps in this post, i decided to stop using them forever

the vineyard

chris teaching us how to plant the trees

my favourite tree, which i planted! it's either almond or pistachio i still don't know but it's still my favourite one :)

my tree again

beautiful sunset

anselm and chris
kristin and coleen

anselm, dan and chris

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