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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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Chicken tractors
The name "chicken tractor" is somewhat misleading, since no conventional motorized devices are used. A chicken tractor is little more than an open-bottom cage for chickens, which is light enough to be moved on the ground from location to another.

The chickens live in the chicken tractor and scratch, eat, and defecate on the ground surface. This process turns over the shallow surface, hence the 'tractor' reference. As the surface is sufficiently worked by the chickens, the tractor is moved to another space, repeating the process. The consumption of plants, seeds, and insects reduces plant growth and insect population, and the defecation nourishes the soil. Conventional chicken houses produce a volume of chicken waste with very high Nitrate concentration, which will burn many plants if used directly and therefore must be composted. The chicken tractor eliminates these handling and processing needs.

A chicken tractor will work on any flat surface with a substrate that supports plants and insects. Its main benefits are that it is a means of having free-range chickens and its attended benefits, but with better control/protection of the chickens. Moving it around permits more localized vegetation management, and keeps chickens out of gardens.

Micro filter dams at Pedregal

Micro filter dams at Pedregal, a Permaculture Demonstration Center in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Fukuoka throwing a seedball at a 2002 workshop at Navdanya
Observe Nature thoroughly rather than labor thoughtlessly.

Masanobu FukuokaW, The One-Straw Revolution
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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 ·


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