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Permaculture
Permaculture is a form of whole systems design based on the sustainability of natural systems, seeking to reproduce that sustainability in our living environment. Permaculture designs differ based on climatic factors, bioregion, organizational goals, personal preferences and other factors. It can hence be said that permaculture is, at its core, a set of thinking tools, in particular towards awareness of context, threats and opportunities.

Though it was developed out of sustainable agriculture, permaculture design is hypothetically applicable to any field of human endeavor. The very term "permaculture" itself was first used to mean "permanent agriculture," it is now applicable to all realms of design and is now considered to mean "permanent culture".

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Kiva's straw bale greenhouse
Kiva's straw bale greenhouse. Welcome to our straw bale greenhouse. The following page will take you with us on our greenhouse building adventure. We will discuss the process, what worked best and did not work, problems we had, how much time it took to build, and the money spent on the project. Over all we hope that this is a fun and comprehensive look at what we did to make this project come together. The reason that we chose to build a straw bales greenhouse is that both Scott (my building partner) and I would like to get into alternative building as a career and we thought that this would be a good place to start and learn from.

To build a straw bale greenhouse where Kiva can grow chili peppers, tomatoes, and lots of other yummy warm weather plants. The reason we decided to build with straw bale was to gain experience with this material and the great insulative value of it. Scott and I decided to have two of the walls straw bale and the other two wood and glass. Where we live no permits are required for a 10' x 12' greenhouse, so we decided these would be the inside dimensions. To receive optimal year-round sun in our area the glass on the south facing wall is at a 40 degree angle. At the building site there is plenty of morning sun and not much evening sun so we opted to have our east side be glass and our west side be straw bale.

Kiva's straw bale greenhouse

Year round veggies in a homemade, just under the permitting limit, strawbale greenhouse.

The only known photograph of Chief Seattle, taken 1864
This we know, the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us. We did not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.

Chief SeattleW
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Projects, courses and organization articles: Agroinnovations Bolivia · CCAT remediation zone · CCAT's Vermicomposting Bin · Chicken Tractor (Optimized Construction and Design) · Community Currencies Workshop · Corn Cob Charcoal Crusher · Global Food Swadeshi Project · Kiva's straw bale greenhouse · Liberation Ecology Project · Micro filter dams at Pedregal · Hydroponic Vertical Garden at Sembradores Urbanos · OSU Permaculture Group · The panya project · Transition Towns · Permaculture courses and course materials · Potawot swales · Small greenhouse rainwater catchment · Terraces and ditches at Petegral · Wild Chick Farm · Willow and blueberry guild


Other articles: Appropriate technology villages · Beginners permaculture garden · Biointensive Farming · Chemical fertiliser production · Chickens · Community Currencies · David Holmgren · Easy-to-grow plants · Ecovillage Training Center · Edible perennials and self-seeding annuals · Emergency permaculture · Humus · MESS (Micro Environment Subsistence System) · Monte Cerro Solar Power Village · Old Growth Cellar rainwater catchment · Permaculture Demonstration Center in San Andres Huayapam · Permaculture garden in Cook County · Permaculture in Denver Colorado · Sepp Holzer Permaculture · Soil · The Unplugged · World Help Training Center ·


Related portals: Food and agriculture · Construction and materials · Green living · Energy · Solar · Transport · Water · Rainwater harvesting

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