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Theory in Practice: A Tour of Zaytuna Farm

November 20, 2019


– Hi, Geoff Lawton here. And this is a 66 acre Zaytuna Farm which we started developing
in 2001 through 2002. And, we laid out the mainframe
of water harvesting systems, like this old swale here. This is the oldest, largest
swale on the property. Planted the fruit forest,
which is a perennial system. Even without maintenance, this system would go on
for a few hundred years. There’s jackfruits, and
mango, and custard apple, and Brazil cherry, and
pecans, and bunya nuts. And, it’s a system that
mimics a natural forest, and it’s a system that takes
very little maintenance, builds soil, and the swale itself helps hydrate your property. It’s a long time now, a few years since I’ve done a farm tour, and a film of the
evolutions of the property. So, I’m going to take you
through the landscape, and show you how things
just keep changing, and just keep getting better. And soil keeps improving, and the water cycles are moderated, so we’re drought proof, and
more or less flood proof. It’s an extremely stable system. Here in the mid-slopes of the property, the swales are smaller, they’re younger, but they’re also very well managed. And because of that, they’re more diverse. And we’re already
involving our own poultry, as maintenance systems every now and again to buffer up the security of the system, bringing in more species all the time, into this big contoured belt right through the middle of
the property, of food forest. Here in these younger food forests, we’re managing the way the forest falls. As a forest grows on a fallen forest, we also manage the layers of production. Here in the mature food forest, we really don’t have
any maintenance at all except for a little bit of
chop-and-drop once a year, when we drop some of these
logs onto the ground. If we walked away, and it had no maintenance in this system, for over 10 years, we
could still come back and get it all in maintenance in one day. It’s a completely stable system, and it’s in full production. Here in one of the lower swales again. We have a really diverse mixture of trees, and it hasn’t been managed yet. So, there’s a lot more leaf,
there’s a lot more shade. We haven’t cut the legumes for mulch. And we’ve got fruit trees
starting to bear fruit, in early, well early spring, it’s not quite spring, just about, We’ve got mulberries coming on here. We’ve got different
bamboo shelter as well. So we’ve got different species of bamboo that are sheltering the cold air because cold air falls downhill, and we’re getting a little bit
more of a frosty zone here. Now, this is a system that is
definitely under management. The poultry have just been through. A big flock of Muscovy
ducks have spent two weeks in here sorting out all of the weeds, laying a lot of eggs, and now we’re ready to move in
and start our cut for mulch. So here’s our swivel pipe, and it’s literally a loose
plumbing fit in here. That just fits on. And that sets the height of the swale. So the water in the swale
can’t go above this, and then if we swivel it down, we reduce the height of
the water in the swale. We can take it right down and turn it into a
flood mitigation system. So we can share the
discharge or raise the lever. Now this is a very useful feature to actually control large water flows and hold light water flows. This banana circle fringed
system with a kitchen garden example that is much bigger
than a normal kitchen garden but is a classic example of
what most people would like as a food production
system in the suburbs. This is our lotus paddy. It could quite easily be a rice paddy. We’ve drained it all so
we can harvest our lotus and have a look at the roots. And we’ve got a swivel pipe
that we’ve reset a bit lower. So this swivel pipe now is in this recess so it can drain the paddy right down. So this is a new evolution
that we’ve set ourselves up. A drain that now falls down
the bottom of the valley, and it goes down at a very slow fall rate, so it’s only dropping six
inches, 150 millimeters, before it gets to this
small chinampa canal. Now this runs at least
six months of the year, but right now, we’re at the end of winter, the driest time of the year. We’ve set these up perfectly level, and we’ve left some
good soil at the bottom. So these are for aquatic crop, and we’re going to build
a trellis over the top. We’ve put a lot of soil from
the trench over on this side, and we’ve repeated the system downhill. So we just put a little bit
of cover crop on it now. We started irrigate to get
the cover crop started. So we have three of these. They’ll be grow beds and
trellises and aquaculture. We’re probably going to put
mulberries on either side and pleach them together
as a living trellis. And this is a start of a
small production chinampa, and we’re really excited
about this new evolution because we have so much water
now sponged into the property. Once we open up our systems up slope, we can just get this trickling
through continuously. Our main crop system here produces the largest volume of vegetables, and it’s a continuous production. There are two chicken tractor systems producing one cubic meter of compost each every week of the year. This system has been in
production for 12 years, and the soil gets better all the time. This is a system that is
definitely of economic value. Let’s go for a walk through the system. So here we have cabbages,
and here we have onions. And then we have one of our legume, emu plants, and Ali crop of leucaena. Potatoes, little bit
frosted off on the top, but they’ll be alright. Then we have daikon radish, and then we have a
trellis, a bamboo trellis. And it’s a solid one, split bamboo woven together. And that’s snow peas. Then we have another Ali crop. And here we have broccoli. And then we have pac choi, and it’s just about to get its seeds, so we’ll save the seed crop. And then we have field peas, actually potted peas on the trellis. And another Ali crop of leucaena. And we just keep the branches coming at the top and take
them off at the bottom. So we get a high, pollard shape. Another potato crop, slightly
touched up by the frost. Actually, two potato crops
touched up by the frost. And then a turnip crop
that’s just about finished. Let’s have a look at the other side. More onions. Onions all the way through, and half the bed’s in mulch. And it looks like there’s little turnips. It looks like we’ve got
small turnips in there. And another Ali crop of leucaena. Top and bottom Ali crop. Over here, we’ve got carrots. Here we got potatoes and cover crop. Here we got more carrots. They’re not up yet. Another Ali crop. We’ve got beetroot. Two more potato beds. It’s winter, so we’re going
to have a lot of potatoes. Here we have a purple daikon. Then we have romanesco,
rather an unusual brassica. We’ve got a lot of it at the moment. And radish at the other end of that bed. And here, daikon radish. Here we have hira, paletted
legume into plant Ali crop. Another bed of romanesco. Another bed of carrots. Another bed of potatoes. Another bed of romanesco. Turnip and garlic. And then we go on to our
bed on the next side. So let’s have a look. Here we’ve got young
Ali crop coming through. Leucaena. All the Ali crop’s leucaena, and it’s all being cut to be high pollard. And if we go over to the other side, we’ve got Ali crop at the bottom. All with Ali crop top and
bottom between each set of beds. Potato, bit touched up with the frost. Broad beans, two beds of broad beans. Cabbages. More radish, and more onions. And some good paletted leucaena. That’s how they’re supposed
to look when they’re advanced, and our understory is comfrey, little bit touched up from
the frost at the moment, but comfrey on the ground,
leucaena high pollard at the top, and that’s our Ali crop. We take all these little sprouts off so they only sprout at the top. Another potato bed. Snow pea trellis. And another snow pea trellis with pac choi coming through underneath. Chinese green cabbage. Ali crop. Potato. Potato. Potato. It’s definitely potato time of year. More leucaena. Potato. Potato. Beetroot. And a capsaicin crop that survived all the way from last summer
which is rather unusual. And we finish off with another Ali crop. That’s our main crop system, and that’s what it’s about. Main crops. Not about small, fiddly
kitchen garden crops, but big, main bulk crops. This is our compost chicken tractor. It produces a cubic meter
of compost every week. The bedding gets turned out here and added to manure from the farm, cow, and horse, and maybe rabbit, and then food scraps and
vegetable scraps and weeds, and then turned over every week. Five weeks later, we’ve got
pretty high quality compost that actually goes out to the beds. Every week, a cubic
meter out of this system and the other one in the
distance go on to the gardens. Each system fertilizes 10
garden, 15 meters wide, with three beds, 1.2 meters wide. Now, it’s a trialed system. It’s worked excellent, and this is like the fertility
engine of the system. As long as you keep this going, you produce this pretty good compost that definitely keeps
a continuous production coming out of good food. Excellent food. We can refine this system and turn it into a very commercial, viable model. Our urban chicken compost system produces one cubic meter of compost every month, and it only occupies 16
square meters of land. We have 12 chickens
producing eggs every day. Here we have chickens with a mobile house that we’re moving through the system. So we’ve got chickens
maintaining the system, and then we’ll move them on. They’ll maintain another system. When it regrows, we’ll bring them back. So we’re cycling our poultry
in many different ways. So we’re hatching our chickens. We’re bringing them in. Here’s a set of youngsters here. Some older egg layers behind. And it changes as we process our chickens, as we move through with new
chickens that are hatching. These are our worm farms. And they’re quite famous
worms, these ones. Underneath here, there’s just
masses and masses of worms, and they’re processing waste. But waste is in a high
premium on this farm ’cause we have chicken
systems and compost systems, and we have worm farm systems. But down here is worm juice, and you get a bucket like that every day. And you can pour a little bit of extra in. Pour some in. Pour some fresh water in every day. You’re guaranteed that’s
going to suck through and come back out. Put on the garden. Fresh water put in. We got three of these that
are continuously producing high quality worm castings and worm juice. Every three months, we get a
bath full of worm castings. Every day, we get half a
bucket full of worm juice. So this is part of our
organic fertilizing system. Now over here, we have
specialized compost. So this is compost that we’re making with no help from the chickens. This is a system that’s nearly ready, and we’ve put specialist
ingredients in here to make it specific. And underneath here, there
is high fungal compost. So this is a specialized system that’s just waiting to
go through full process. And if we look to this with a microscope, there’d be a lot of fungi in
here, a lot of fungal shreds because when it was
actually ready, we came in, oh, there’s a worm there. We came in, and we put
flour in amongst the turn, which is a fungal food. So this is specialist
towards fungal domination, which is much better for tree crops. Now it’s sitting there going
through this fungal inoculum, so it’s full of mycelium,
specifically good for trees. Let me show you the difference between worm castings, which
is kind of gluggy like that. You can stick it together like a ball. Like a mud ball. That’s worm castings. It’s kind of sticky. And this is compost mixed with
sharp sand as a potting mix. It’s a lot more friable. Hard to mix that with sharp sand. And if you mix different ratios
of compost with sharp sand, you get a really friable potting mix. So here we are. This is our shade house
where at this time of year, winter, it’s mainly just trees because our seedlings
are in the polytunnel. And here there’s just
enough shelter to stop some of these rust sensitive
trees frosting off. So we have a lot of fruit trees. Guavas, grapes, coffee, pomegranate, jack fruit, avocado,
custard apple, loquat, there’s a whole mixture of stuff in here. And during summer, this is seedlings, and these trees are outside. But this time of year, it’s kind of a shelter for fruit trees. And this is our polytunnel,
and there’s a lot more going on in here than the shade house in winter. So I have all kinds of frost
sensitive crops in here, and really frost sensitive trees. There’s some sugarplum
here waiting to come up. Asparagus. Some tomatoes getting ready to plant. All our little seedlings. We’ve even got some pineapples here. They definitely need to be in
the polytunnel over winter. We have a lot of climbing yam here, and turmeric and yacon
and different propagules. We have some water chestnut here. Everything that’s a little bit tender or very young is propagating in here just for these three months. So just this time of
year in the subtropics, This is a useful area
and an essential area to get us started early in the summer. Our seedlings just come out
to the hiding off table. These are a load of
beetroot we’ve grown on, and they’re ready to go in the garden. They’re just getting a
little bit of extra sun and care before they
go into the big world, main crop garden. All our toilets are composting toilets, and they’re flushed with sawdust or just shredded organic matter. And when they’re full, they’re
emptied into wire baskets. They sit in the forest, and
after nine to 10 months, the compost is fully processed, and we can use it on forestry trees. It’s nice, high fungal compost. There’s a lot of sawdust in it. It’s got a lot of wooden material. It’s broken right down. It’s nicely aged. Doesn’t look like anything
it started off as. It’s quite safe to handle. Just looks like typical forest mulch. Put it around our tree. Pull it back a bit. There we go. That’s humanure when it’s
gone through the process, and it’s aged really well. Smells fine. Looks fine. You would have no idea
how it started life. Here’s our large
commercial reed bed system. There are two concrete base. The water comes in from the kitchen through grease traps, through a septic, and then filters through
the gravel and reed roots, and goes out into a leach field that soaks through the landscape
towards production systems. Here’s our polypropylene reed bed, and it’s just where for one household. We’ve recently thinned out all the reeds and replanted it and reset it. So it’s ready to go into action again. It’s working. We’ve flooded it a couple
times to get the actual roots down into the gravel. And it’s exactly the
same as the concrete one except it’s made out of polypropylene. They’re both items here in Australia you can buy off the shelf. Now this is our dairy with our
one cow milking machine here and all the feed that we, minerals and supplements
that we give our cows every time we milk them. We can milk from a standing
position here through here. So this is a purpose built system that milks every single day. Our cattle lane way goes
right around the farm with 43 gates where we can sell graze in varying sizes continuously
for our beef cows, our dairy cows, and our horses. This is the most efficient
large area system on the farm. So here we are in the
wilderness on the farm. I’m in one of the wet gullies, and here, we can come to nourish ourselves and feel what it’s like
to be in a natural system, and this is how we design Impermaculture. We design with the systems from nature so we can nourish ourselves, and we can nourish the planet. That’s what we need to do.

100 Comments

  • Reply Nick O'Brien March 11, 2019 at 6:38 am

    Cold air moves down hill! Love it!

  • Reply eric vocke March 11, 2019 at 11:42 am

    Nice work Geoff! Love to see a vid on the urban chicken tractor. What are the dimensions ?

  • Reply Sarah Flanagan March 11, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    How I wish we could make this video mandatory viewing for elected officials. Geoff is showing us we can grow food commercially and in a sustained way that doesn't impact the land negatively. Not even mentioned directly is that by not using destructive pesticides and herbicides he is not compromising the health of the farmer or farm workers. How I would love to see our very large commercial farms in USA at least think about trying this method.

  • Reply conote March 11, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Always a pleasure to see you & your work update Brother Geoff

  • Reply Jayanath De Alwis March 11, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Great farm tour. My questions is how can you separate worms from casting. With my 3 compartment vertical worn farm I have to keep top one without food for a month to remove all the worms.

  • Reply Александр Костин March 11, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    Здравствуйте Джефф! Я поражен вашему стремлению обучить весь мир принципам пермакультуры! Куда бы вы не пришли – из голого бесплодородного участка превращаете в шедевры искусства! Появляются тысячи взаимосвязей, которые на первый взгляд ни какого отношения друг к другу не имеют! А сады из года в год все пышнее и разнообразнее! Вам памятники нужно при жизни ставить! )) Желаю вам огромного здоровья и успехов в ваших трудах! Поистине великие вещи делаете!

  • Reply LitoGeorge March 11, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    This mans knowledge and experience. Unreal.

  • Reply Moritz Wärmer March 13, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Thank you for another great video.
    I can't believe that I didn't know about zaytuna when i was living in the northern rivers. I would have loved to experience this great design in person.

  • Reply W D March 14, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Amazing ideas put into practice…especially the compost systems. I am going to have to scale some of these ideas down for our 1/4 acre space. Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Drew fromOz March 15, 2019 at 10:17 am

    I live nearby and have had the fortune to attend a tour of Zaytuna Farm, and can remember the bare paddocks it was before it was started.
    I saw this video on the same day that a radicalized idiot out of Grafton, 100km plus change south of Zaytuna Farm, massacred dozens in Christchurch NZ.
    If only he had discovered permaculture and ploughed that energy into something productive, instead of something so evil and destructive.

  • Reply Tim Klassen March 15, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    hi GEOFF i can grow weeds with no problems but growing veggies is hard work

  • Reply Tim Klassen March 15, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    oh never leave a halter on a horse when turned loose but iam sure you no that

  • Reply Reinaldo Vicini March 16, 2019 at 3:09 am

    Why the leucadena there Geoff?

  • Reply Sanjeev Kulkarni March 20, 2019 at 12:04 am

    Simply wonderful ! Really amazing !! Thank you for showing that IT IS POSSIBLE TO GROW IN ABUNDANCE FOR OURSELVES AND YET CARE AND CURE MOTHER EARTH. This indeed is the way forward for all of us. I am trying i bit of this in our forest farm — Suman Sangam [ sumansangam.org ] in Karnataka state India. Can you please give some links of permaculture farms in India which I can visit and learn from ? Thanks a ton !

  • Reply Tony Bacon March 20, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Thank you, Geoff, for a beautiful update.

  • Reply realistically speaking March 21, 2019 at 5:35 am

    Hoiw do you manage rabbits?

  • Reply ess g March 21, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    Do you have a specific video that shows how you made your worm compost area?

  • Reply Victor Emman March 22, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Take care when you say "permaculture could feed humanity". The main informations are always missing in "permaculture" : profitability. This kind of farm is full of volunteers, so better to never mock "capitalism". 😉

  • Reply Urba Agrikulturo March 24, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    What is function of the leuchena?

  • Reply Scenic Cycling March 26, 2019 at 1:47 am

    An excellent video! You now have another well-deserved thumbs-up and subscriber.

  • Reply first name March 26, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    how can i apply to work here?

  • Reply Smiley Jason March 26, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    In a farm like this, they should should show us those people who work behind. This can't be done by one person only. Lot of work. I keep on asking, how did they do that? Money, employee, oil, semi automatic tools more and more.

  • Reply Mansingh Nayak March 27, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Beautiful 👌👏👏👏👏

  • Reply Jason C March 28, 2019 at 8:39 am

    whats with the fireweed? @ 7:19

  • Reply Burnaman March 28, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Goals.

  • Reply Paul Deuchar March 28, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    I don't think this can be said enough… "You are AWESOME!" 😀

  • Reply Xxfades321xX March 28, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Spring? I thought zaytuna was in southern hemisphere?

  • Reply Vishwas Singh March 29, 2019 at 7:45 am

    Zaytuna farm without olives? Weird

  • Reply Erik Pukinskis Food Plus Forest March 29, 2019 at 8:48 am

    This is an extraordinary video

  • Reply Aire Lao March 30, 2019 at 5:23 am

    Very nice

  • Reply Michael Wilder March 30, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    13 beef cattle disliked this video..

  • Reply G Kuljian March 30, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    That is so beautiful. I have 100 acres of redwoods because I wanted the cool coastal weather. But now that I want a garden, I'm kind of out of luck. No fruit trees here.

  • Reply Rin Eric March 30, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Heavenly!

  • Reply Reid Harris March 31, 2019 at 12:01 am

    You guys should get honeybees on the property.

  • Reply BlaqueSunflower March 31, 2019 at 6:13 am

    There should be no such thing as food shortage and starvation. This is so beautiful and abundant.

  • Reply Ro Carr March 31, 2019 at 9:14 am

    When do u sleep lol , love it

  • Reply kobi2187 March 31, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Probably took a lot of money to shape the land, buy trees, tractors, make lakes, swales, and rain catchment systems. it's not necessarily a poorman's solution.

  • Reply G. Dave3 March 31, 2019 at 11:26 am

    Where is this?

  • Reply Douwe Beerda March 31, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    Thanks for sharying this on YouTube, makes it really easy to share with others!

  • Reply workingkelpie April 1, 2019 at 2:59 am

    this is quite intensive with high labour inputs

  • Reply David Walters April 1, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Ugh…when Geoff is walking the garden do NOT show him, show the damn crops!!! Gawwd that was frustrating.

  • Reply cholly cholly April 1, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    How many people could this farm sustain?

  • Reply ilaDali April 1, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    There are way too many people in my Uni whinging about the environment and doing nothing, how can I inspire them to leave the city life to better the planet for real?

  • Reply epSos.de April 1, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    Very nice farm. Such farms have a more balanced and profitable income.
    There is a lot of manual work, but the profit per acre is higher.
    One can also grow dandelion roots and chicory roots for roasted tea drinks, if nothing else is growing.

  • Reply alexlomez April 2, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Your Work is incredible and inspiring ! Thank You.

  • Reply WalkOn Bye April 4, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    It's only good enough for Adam and Eve. Cannot scale to commercial scale.

  • Reply Daniel Morris April 5, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    How do I get paid to do this?

  • Reply BurnGiordano April 6, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    18:30 "you would have no idea, how it started life" That's a good one.

  • Reply NiceCanadians April 7, 2019 at 3:26 am

    I love it and am really interested in farming. But idk if Im ready to handle all that shit with my bare hands.

  • Reply theshriekinghominin April 10, 2019 at 5:55 am

    2:19 Brugmansia…nice.

  • Reply Csenge Anna Illésfalvi April 10, 2019 at 7:44 am

    You're just amazing! I live in Hungary and I plan to develop my permaculture farm here. You give a lot of inspiration and I hope that one day we will meet in person. Thank you for everything! from Hungary

  • Reply kinesisfilms April 12, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    So good

  • Reply Functional Fanatics April 12, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    This is the greatest thing ever

  • Reply maccas NZ April 13, 2019 at 4:53 am

    Bro. So good to see you long term learning always improving.

  • Reply TTV lito897swag5 April 15, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    thx

  • Reply Brad Suarez April 18, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Don't get me wrong I love the tour and all the info but what's the point of filming Geoff ALL the time while he's showing the farm? Can we see what he's pointing to as well?

  • Reply THEMAYQUEEN1 April 20, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    I would love to do this on our 7 acre block in a temperate climate.

  • Reply E Gordon April 22, 2019 at 1:11 am

    Well done, sir!

  • Reply Giovy Alvarez April 23, 2019 at 3:24 am

    Thank you Geoff, Love your farm and I enjoy the video very inspiring! I'm making the change, starting in permaculture. Regards from Chile!

  • Reply susan sanders April 26, 2019 at 3:35 am

    Geoff is Gaias Gandaff:)

  • Reply Pedro Scola April 27, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    I would recomend you guys to search the work of sintropic agriculture of Ernst Gotsch in Brazil.

  • Reply Elizabeth Flynn May 3, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    After a few weeks of being bombarded with extreme negativity about the state of everything,this video is like so,so welcome. If we get a grip of ourselves,draw our egos into some sort of control,we can do so much to sort out the crappy situation we have found ourselves in. The situation is ALL our own doing,so we all need to take responsibility and get cracking on the solution. Thanks Geoff. I really needed this to remind me that there is a real need for positive action. Enough negativity. Let's just stop focusing on the problems,and get on with the task of healing and helping. 😘😘😘

  • Reply Trevor Doge May 4, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    Fantastic application of permaculture theory!👍

  • Reply lea-anne moss May 7, 2019 at 9:24 am

    Just fabulous darling. Nice to see someone at one with nature. Truly out standing. Too you and everyone you work with 🌺🌺🌺

  • Reply Geriann Roth May 16, 2019 at 3:00 am

    Awwww really love these vids very inspiring. Would love to know if you have seeds of tropical trees (fruit & canopy support trees) available for sale. And if possible how can i purchase them?

  • Reply Balhari Kudrat ਬਲਹਾਰੀ ਕੁਦਰਤ May 19, 2019 at 6:15 am

    Amazing….real setup … Way to parmaculture….weeds,+crops+compost+pets+animals+watermanagement+all setup is good…thanks for video

  • Reply Shantanu Hiroji May 21, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Extraordinary natural system
    Excellent work

  • Reply iiswideopen2 May 30, 2019 at 11:21 am

    I have watched your earlier farm tour many a time over the years and I was pleasantly surprised to find this post. I so wish we could grow the vast array of fruits you all have grown on your farm here in new zealand. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Simon Little June 3, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Hey Geoff what was the name of those poly reed beds you could buy off the shelf?! We're setting up a permaculture farm in Bobin NSW. Trying to get our strawbale house all good with council. Cheers mate!

  • Reply beherenow June 14, 2019 at 1:19 am

    This is the just most amazing!!.thank u kindly.

  • Reply Palm Tree June 16, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    I wish I had somebody like this to help me in the Caribbean I have a bunch of land and I've been planting but nothing to this extent I need a partner

  • Reply roseanna marotta June 23, 2019 at 9:25 am

    Thank you so much for the informative video… This would be wonderful if more people would do this… I wish you had a Local TV show to teach others what you have done and how to do this…. I am so delighted to pass this on so others can see what you have created..

  • Reply what a shambles June 24, 2019 at 11:01 am

    How dose the drainage work on the gardens that are on the slope? I wonder if they are crowned in the middle and drain down the sides

  • Reply mohamed aziz June 24, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    what is ali crops?

  • Reply Paddy Ohara June 30, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Garden of Babylon.
    🔱

  • Reply Janie Barker July 7, 2019 at 10:55 am

    💖

  • Reply William L Hall July 8, 2019 at 5:42 am

    Awesome vid, have the camera man zoom in and get better shots of what you're describing

  • Reply William L Hall July 8, 2019 at 5:43 am

    How do you do something like this if your land has gophers?

  • Reply Messianic Worship Dancer July 12, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Very nice to see, I am agricultural trained and have had an organic dairy goat farm. About 4 years ago I first read about permaculture. It has completely changed my vision on agriculture and livestock farming.

  • Reply Thomas Ellis July 15, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    If Geoff Lawton had the media exposure that Trump and other asshole politicians command these days, we would be able to reverse climate change and feed the world in short order!

  • Reply Oliver Byrne July 17, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Where are you geoff can I come and volunteer?

  • Reply MhUser July 18, 2019 at 9:58 am

    how many kg of food or how much calories of food does this system produce per square meter/foot; what are the boundries for scaling it?

  • Reply 3Umphbywill July 29, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Amazing channel! Just subscribed!👍🌞🍅🍏🥕🍎🥝🍒🥑🍍🍐🌶🍆👨‍🌾

  • Reply Vance L. Gilmore August 19, 2019 at 12:15 am

    Geoff, you are a Holy one of the Earth Garden. I do get poetic about such things. I enjoy learning from you 😀

  • Reply Jennifer Prescott August 24, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    ohhh, I finally understand what a swale is..

  • Reply Ashy .bringer August 24, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    I got a général question : monoculture in nature does exist? For instance the coniferous forest in the highs (mountain) are not really diversified right?

  • Reply Marcus Crothers September 4, 2019 at 3:10 am

    I am studying to attain a farm and culture precisely the way you are. Thank you for your experience and information, continued success and happiness

  • Reply Sri radityo Wahyu dhono September 10, 2019 at 10:22 am

    Indonesia…need this system' permaculture and foodforest,..for the poor than overlodging and damage the rain forest

  • Reply Adrian Hepburn September 13, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Geoff you bring good news into a crappy world. Great job all round from Brisbane, hooked on your videos from Jordan for some reason… 🍇

  • Reply Sylione Red September 14, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Please, Can you explain how is made your bambou trellis. Thanks

  • Reply madre de esperanza September 22, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Does comfrey grow in hot country?

  • Reply Monica Saxon September 26, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    So excited to get started on my permaculture journey. The more I read and watch and learn, the more I realize there is to know. Thank you Geoff Lawton for sharing and inspiring! I pray to have the knowledge and wisdom to achieve even a portion of what you have.

  • Reply Adnan Al Hasan October 1, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    This is like a Dream I would love to live in

  • Reply Adnan Al Hasan October 2, 2019 at 7:41 am

    I watched the video few times 😀 I love it

  • Reply IftheTrucksStopRolling October 6, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Used partially decoded limbs and branches for fungal food around trees in the off season.

  • Reply Dean PD October 12, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Greta Thunberg and her parents need to do a permaculture course and stop hanging out with the socialist elite. Photo ops with Arnold Schwarzenegger are both sad, (As Greta has Aspergers, OCD, Mutism and Anorexia), as well as laughable and doing the opposite to fostering a desire for a simple and sustainable life. If you want to anger a conservative, lie to him. If you want to anger a leftist, tell them the truth and that is precisely how the dialectic is playing out at this time. Conservatives are being lied to about climate change and it is getting their back up to the point that I am consistently seeing conservatives expressing the desire to pollute more.

  • Reply Giggitee O'Yeah October 29, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    Dear Geoff Lawton, your work is inspiring. I have introduced many Indonesians to your knowledge- it may be hard to imagine such a fertile country has major issues, but a lot of the original genius of the farmers has been poo-pooed by vested interests interested in selling product. People overusing this product and not practising their original farming wisdom & methods has lead to severe problems. I was especially inspired by your brilliant work in Jordan. The faces of happy people farming , now having some food certainty must be enormously rewarding. Love the mobile chicken Winnebago and the recycling of building products.
    . JFK said, "Our problems are manmade–therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. Man's reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable–and we believe they can do it again."
    Address at American University, Washington, D.C., June 10, 1963

    If we uses what God gave us- intellect, patience, reason, a desire for wisdom, there is no problem without a solution. God bless you Geoff and your family.

  • Reply Władca Wymiaru November 8, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    When i look on the soil i feel the pain…why it is not black?
    15:00 – he should add the biochar there. 100% insta profit.

  • Reply Heaseba November 9, 2019 at 12:30 am

    I wonder how I would go about taking a 20 acre mountain top,hardwood forest to this productivity? There are years worth of mulch and dead and decaying trees and a fairly healthy mushroom biome but it is full of flagstone with patches of clay and patches of sand. It has 2 natural brooks that waste all the rain water so the topsoil drains and dries really fast. I'll be watching the entire play list for as many pointers as I can glean. Tennessee USA, so it's hot and humid in Summer and pretty darned cold in Winter with loads of heavy freezes and some snow. Ex-pat Aussie..

  • Reply Otto Weininger November 14, 2019 at 2:06 am

    If all families needed that much amount of space, we'd all be fucked. But we still need more people like him!

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