greeningthedesert Photos & Videos

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Some memories of the past~the beginnings of Yuma Garden Co. Herb Shop & Apothecary🌿Back before our little angels Talloula and Prim were born and Gracie, Banjo and Billie Jean were the littles of our fam❤️These kiddos have been raised in the garden🌿🍃 #futuregeneration #desertpermaculture #desertgarden #greeningthedesert #herbalism #tinyherbalists #littlegardeners #stewardsoftheland #teachtheyouththetruth #unschoolers #homeschoolers #mothernaturesgifts #yumaarizona #yumagardencompany #herbgarden #plantmedicine #medicinalplants

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Boy am I gonna miss this when we’re in Jordan. I’ll be taking an extended hiatus from my powerlifting program, away from my bunnies, and without all the luxuries and comforts I’m so used to having constant access to. It’ll be uncomfortable at times. I won’t be getting nearly the calories or protein I get here at home. And it’s inevitable that I’m going to lose some of the strength and muscle mass that I’ve worked so long for. But our World is in crisis. Our Earth’s land is being degraded further and further by the day. Our people are sick, starving and many of them are completely helpless. I’m NOT helpless. I was born into American wealth and privilege. I have opportunities to help. For years I lived frivolously, blind to the fortunes I have that others don’t, spending my time, money and energy all on myself. Living that way was fun, but it wasn’t at all fulfilling. And towards the end of my twenties, I started to realize it. I was bored with myself. I loved my life, but was restless and unhappy about the lack of usefulness I was having in society. Each day that I’m here I use more resources, contribute further to the National debt, support the elite class, leave a bigger carbon footprint, and I don’t do nearly enough in return. Some of those things are incredibly hard to avoid in our modern western culture. And most of them I’m doing my best to change, but the easiest thing I can change is how I spend my time. Where is lifting weights and looking good going to truly help me in my purpose to serve in God’s Kingdom? It’s important to be healthy and fit. And it’s very important to me to show that using animals for our food is unnecessary to be strong and look good. And having a true selfless reason to continue pursuing a passion or hobby is to me, essential for happiness. But as much as I love fitness, I can’t find my life’s purpose in that. I can’t play around in Grand Rapids, Michigan while so much of our World needs help. I’m no expert at anything, let alone soil rejuvenation, reversing desertification, and growing real food. But I have to do SOMETHING. I have to learn. I have to try. If you’re not doing your best, what are you even doing?

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New life in the garden. Hopefully this little inbetween crop of beans will last our hot weather. Gardening is all about experimenting - different plants, different climates and there will be loses along the way but sowing a seed, watching and nurturing it through to harvest is just so rewarding ....💚💚💚🌱🌱🌱😁😁😁 #kitchengarden #growwhatyoueat #gardeningismytherapy #newlife #grownfromseed #backyardgarden #beans #ediblegarden #ocaliving #inmygarden #myplot #organicfood #organicgardening #urbangardener #eatwhatyougrow #backyardfarmer #veggiegarden #vegetables #fromthegarden #growsomething #greenthumb #greeningthedesert #locallygrown #growthings #vegetablegarden #foodfromscratch #gettingmyhandsdirty

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We need your help! It’s time to put the past 2 years of regenerative agricultural research to good use but we could use some help! Brandon and I have been selected to help out in Jordan with an agricultural project that helps rejuvenate the soil and reverse desertification through the use of permaculture. We could use some assistance with travel expenses as those are not provided. Any contribution would help greatly and go to a cause that will have a drastic long term impact on the environment and community, local and abroad. If you’d like to contribute, please visit this link https://www.facebook.com/donate/266922930843614/?fundraiser_source=external_url Or search the GoFundMe site for Greening the Desert with Geoff Lawton. We thank you, and so does the World. #greeningthedesert #permaculture #gofundme #campaign #sustainability #growyourown #garden #savetheplanet #charity #middleeast #jordan #peaceonearth #food #water #cleanwater #desert #desertification

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Cork oak acorns survive insect predation no problem, TOUGH from the very start! Planted over 100 of these on my land, which has only a few mature specimens. Mediterranean drought proof stunning trees. They seem rare in south Portugal, with holm oaks being more common, even though they're dying off. #corkoak #corkoaktree #corkoakforest #corkoaks #quercussuber #greeningthedesert #portugalgardens #soilmatters #permaculturegarden #gardenactivist #gardening #healthysoilhealthyfood #livingsoil #climatechange #composttea #sustainability #nogmo #organic #regenerativeagriculture

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There are many successful case-studies around the world that already have proven the process to regenerate a dead soil, a dead environment, is still doable and among these, one of the most recognizable and popular for sure is @greeningthedesertprojectii in Jordan. Geoff, his permaculture philosophy understanding and his team has done a extraordinary job. They has shown to the world that in less than ten years in one of the most driest place on earth you can do the unthinkable: planting water, regenerating the web of life in the soil and creating meanwhile a lushly environment. #regeneration #regenerate #regenerative #permaculture #permacultura #casestudy #jordan #greening #greeningthedesert

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Healing Spaces Just a few hours after my retreat had come to an end I was back on the fields - greening the desert. Over the last 8 days I planted many seeds. I gave my best to provide an environment where my 12 retreat participants could develop and grow. I gave everything to nourish and to care for them. And now it it time to turn inwards again. I retreat to the farm, I meditate through work. Enjoying the stillness, being in nature and just focusing on what is there. I could feel the shift in energy as soon as I set feet into the grounds of @habibaorganicfarm - it’s an energy that makes me feel home. Where I feel loved, where I feel I need to be. So as soon as I was getting my hands into the ground tears just rolled down my eyes. Finally having the space to allow myself to feel my suffering, to process my heartbreak and to heal again. Patient listeners around me, no questions asked. Just allowing myself to be and to feel. I’m greening the desert, watering the plants with my tears of sadness and joy.

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3 weeks ago

In this video, I have captured the last day of the one-month PIA (permaculture in action) internship at the Greening the Desert site in Jordan, and participants are still engaged in the work and feeding the food forest fertility. To see the full 5-minute video visit my youtube channel or see links in my profile. If you'd like to follow my work or if you're just curious to know what permaculture is all about, have a look at https://start.geofflawtononline.com/permaculturecircle/ We call it the Permaculture Circle (TPC) and it's a unique learning experience that's free with hundreds of permaculture videos and resources for those eager to learn more. #permaculture #permaculturesystems #chopanddrop #mulch #compost #foodforest #desertforest #groundcovers #permaculturedesign #greeningthedesert #permacultureeducation #permacultureproject #permacultureplants #geofflawtonpermaculture #drylands #jordan #deadsea #permaculturewillfeedtheworld #buildsoil #permacultureresearchinstitute #regenerativeagriculture #organicgardening #gardensofinstagram

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BLVCK PYRVMID, an Oasis in the Desert. Located in Giza Necropolis archeological site, a Pyramid has just been achieved in the 21st century. Indeed, Studio Malka Architecture has rebuilt the legendary Black Pyramid disappeared from the Giza plateau. Fully immersible, like the first Egyptian temples of the Nile Valley; located opposite Kheops at the eastern end of a large basin, facing West and the setting sun. It is a Mastaba, the original form of the Step Pyramid since the Ancient Egyptian Empire. Designed as contemporary Oasis, this new agora is destined to federate people in the desert of the plateau. It is the support to leave the waters of the basin and return to the ground; It is actually an inverted pyramid, because the 6th degree of this buried pyramid is confused with the ground, thus conferring a link to the territory and to the man rather than strictly to the sky. #BlvckPyrvmid #GreeningTheDesert #NewOasis #RestoreGiza #MalkaArchitecture

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The food forest chop-and-drop was the last big move before I left the @greeningthedesertprojectii and headed back to Australia for this weeks face-to-face Permaculture Design and Permaculture in Action course at @zaytunafarm. It has set up the cycle of organic matter... that is until next year. See the full video on my Youtube or FB pages 🤗 #permaculture #permaculturedesign #greeningthedesert #permacultureeducation #permacultureproject #permacultureplants #geofflawtonpermaculture #drylands #Jordan #deadsea #permaculturewillfeedtheworld #buildsoil #permacultureresearchinstitute #regenerativeagriculture #organicgardening #gardensofinstagram

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Intern Eric from California has been a great asset to the project giving freely his irrigation expertise and Istvan, the colourful character on the right, a PDC student of Zaytuna Farm volunteered as a co-teacher and shone like a permaculture super star, full of energy, patience, information and practical skills and so nice to be around . Thanks guys for being who you are 🤟 #greeningthedesert #permaculturedesign #permaculturedesigncourse #permacultureinaction #jordan #deadsea #permacultureeducation #permacultureresearchinstitute

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We are ‘chop n’ dropping’ the larger legume trees in the food forest. It is the largest movement of organic material in a calendar year and it is crucial in this harsher hot dry climate that it takes place during the cooling temperatures of early Autumn. Image: @kaylahatcherphotography / @greeningthedesertprojectii #chopanddrop #chopndrop #permacultureinaction #permacultureeducation #foodforest #greeningthedesert #permaculture #wholesystemsdesign #permacultureaidwork #permaculturedemonstrationsite #jordan #deadsea #drylands #organicgardening #growyourownfood #buildsoil #permacultureresearchinstitute

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With the classic profiles of a hot and dry desert the early Autumn canopy is about to be cut right back as the legume tree chop and drop is aimed at the soil. It’s literally a design disturbance that directs the way a forest falls to feed the soil. Image: @kaylahatcherphotography / @greeningthedesertprojectii #chopanddrop #chopndrop #foodforest #greeningthedesert #permaculture #wholesystemsdesign #permacultureaidwork #permaculturedemonstrationsite #jordanvalley #deadseavalley #drylands #organicgardening #growyourownfood #buildsoil #permacultureresearchinstitute

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Some rooftop camping surrounded by productive wicking beds that over look the project, the foreground and the Dead Sea in the distance, a constant reminder that we are in the lowest valley on earth 400m below sea level. Photo credit: @kaylahatcherphotography #greeningthedesert #permaculture #permacultureresearchinstitute #deadsea #jordan #wickingbeds #drylands #lowestpointonearth #vegetablegarden #organicgardening #permaculturedemonstrationsite #permacultureeducation #permacultureinaction

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Humans have the potential to turn DESERTS into Food Forest Oases 🌳💧 Imagine what’s possible in your climate 💥💯 Many thanks to @geofflawtononline for the inspiration 🙏

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MORINGA E SEUS A planta moringa é fonte de proteínas, aminoácidos, vitamina C, carotenoides e minerais, como cálcio e ferro. Diversos estudos mostram que a moringa tem alto valor nutricional no que diz respeito às vitaminas e minerais, oferecendo mais vitamina A do que a cenoura, maior quantidade de vitamina C comparada à laranja, mais ferro do que o espinafre e mais potássio do que a banana. Também é um dos vegetais mais ricos em proteínas. Por apresentar crescimento rápido e ser resistente à seca, a moringa planta é apontada como um importante alimento para combater a fome e desnutrição, especialmente em regiões do deserto africano. A moringa planta medicinal tem propriedade bactericida, expectorante, diurética, estimulante, vermífuga e tônica. Pode ser indicada para ser coadjuvante no tratamento de diversos males, como: -Dor de cabeça -Hemorroida -Dor de garganta -Febre -Irritação gastrointestinal -Fadiga crônica -Inflamações Outros benefícios da moringa podem ser observados, pois ela possui compostos antioxidantes, que ajudam a renovar e protege células epiteliais dos órgãos sexuais e do cérebro. Além disso, ajuda a fortalecer o sistema imunológico. #moringa #moringaoleifera #moringatree #superfood #seedsaving #greeningthedesert #permaculture #deadsea #Jordan #drylands #organicgardening #growyourownfood #permaculturedemonstrationsite #permacultureresearchinstitute #edilsonrsouza

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There are some incredible cultivars in this genus like sweat potato and Kang Kong. This one also called bayhops, beach morning glory or goat's foot, is no exception, and grows from cuttings with incredible vigour in the Dead Sea Valley. The big advantage it probably has is it’s salt tolerance and super hardy nature. The main and important function it can perform is as great shade while producing mulch and forage. #ipomoea #perennial #greeningthedesert #permaculture #permaculturedemonstrationsite #deadsea #drylands #buildsoil #permacultureresearchinstitute

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4 of us with Abla, the Jordanian #Compost Queen, headed to #Amman yesterday to deliver and unload 226 bags of hand-made compost and sheep manure, totaling 8.9 tons, to a food forest demonstration site. Eating mansaf with our hands afterwards was obligatory. #foodforest #greeningthedesert #restoration

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I’ve been a little preoccupied with this great crew of interns who are learning, making and and interacting with established systems at the project site 🤟 Here we are making wicking beds made out of 1,000 litre IBCs (intermediate bulk containers) which you can find almost anywhere. 📷 credits go to intern @kaylahatcherphotography #permaculture #wickingbeds #greeningthedesert #permacultureinaction #organicgardening #veggies #gardening #sustainability #growyourownfood #buildsoil #permacultureresearchinstitute

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I'm here at the Greening the Desert project with a behind-the-scenes look at our four-week internship program. We have an international and diverse crew of permaculture students here hard at work developing this site into abundance using design principles learnt from the recent PDC course. Watch the full video on my Youtube or Facebook page. #greeningthedesert #permacultureinaction #permaculturedesign #permacultureliving #permacultureaid #jordanvalley #deadseavalley #deadsea #organicgardening #growyourownfood #buildsoil #permacultureresearchinstitute

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In my opinion, Mushrooms are an Intelligence that are beyond animals and beyond plants. I believe that Fungi are a very advanced consciousness. You can't really start an ecosystem without fungi and they may have been the first forms of Life here on this Planet. The fact that fungi are our Earth's internet system through its vast mycelial networks, connecting over 90% of plants is also extremely profound. Let us be open to the perspectives of others, even if they differ from our own and we don't fully understand it...even if it threatens our Ego. It is hard for me to imagine that humans are at the top of the species, when we are destroying the Earth at such a rapid speed. Humans like to think of themselves as the top species, but I have trouble with this concept. Let us learn from Nature. We are part of her. We are her. Not only can we learn a lot from our fungal sisters/brothers and how they work in nature, but we can also benefit greatly by working alongside of these highly intelligent species to reverse some of the damages that humans have caused. Art by: Alex Grey Thoughts by: Rayne Grant of Can Mushrooms Save the Planet #canmushroomssavetheplanet **** PennState Eberly College of Science writes: First Land Plants and Fungi Changed Earth's Climate, Paving the Way for Explosive Evolution of Land Animals, New Gene Study Suggests http://science.psu.edu/news-and…/2001-news/Hedges8-2001.htm… *** Fungal Biology in the Origin and Emergence of Life by David Moore: http://www.davidmoore.org.uk/root_06.htm… *** Prototaxites https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prototaxites *** Lichens are Pioneer Species in Pristine Ecosystems: http://digimuse.nmns.edu.tw/Default.aspx?tabid=281 *** Biological soil crust https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biological_soil_crust *** Structural, physiological, and #canmushroomssavetheplanet #beethechange #savetheplanet #permaculture #mycowarrior #mycohero #mycology #myceliumrunning #thirdeyeawakening #thirdeye #ayahuasca #dmt #terencemckenna #brainhealth #naturalhealing #greeningthedesert #foodforest #buildingsoil #life #coloradical #mystic #desertification #lifecycle #radical #radmycology #thinklikeamushroom #spreadthespores

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Ipomoea pes-caprae also called “Sea Morning Glory” is the fastest growing climber in The Dead Sea Valley, Jordan. It is actually pan-tropical and grows well from cuttings making it very convenient. It is a good forage plant and grows with saline water as well. Very, very vigorous. #ipomoea #seamorningglory #perennial #ipomoeapescaprae #greeningthedesert #permaculture #permacultureaidwork #permaculturedemonstrationsite #jordanvalley #deadseavalley #drylands #organicgardening #growyourownfood #buildsoil #permacultureresearchinstitute

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For 6 years I lived in the desert in central Australia while doing my PhD fieldwork. Despite being in rentals and moving almost yearly it was where I first started growing food and learning about permaculture. In my latest blog post (link in bio) I share my experience and tips for permaculture in an arid climate on this type of backyard scale.

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2 months ago

Although not from my immediate backyard but from the wider area. Driving today through drought affected countryside and thinking of the farmers doing it tough. Water is such a precious resource and I’m always looking for best practice methods in my own backyard to help converse. Suggestions on ways to help conserve water 💧💧 💧 ......???? 💚💚💚🌱🌱🌱........... #waterwise #conservewater #drought #aridlands #aridlandscapes #ocaliving #desert #greeningthedesert #growfoodnotlawns #inmybackyard #waterislife #norain #noharvest #pleaserain

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2 months ago

Under the patronage of her Royal Highness Princess Basma Bint Ali of Jordan, renowned advocate of biodiversity conservation, the Jordanian Charitable Society for the Environment, also known as the "Greening the Desert Project”, officially opened with a traditional ceremony and site tour. We often get overly-excited about short-term projects, but lose stamina with long-term ones, and it’s usually with the latter that the most meaningful results can be found. Our aim from the start of our work in Jordan has always been to set up a permanent and extendable system on the ground. We started slow and very small with almost nothing but the land itself. Little by little, course by course, we grew to the project you see today. Our work in Jordan has now extended past the walls of the project out through schools, homes and refugee camps and it continues to extend while increasing in diversity of application. #greeningthedesert #permaculture #permacultureaidwork #permaculturedemonstrationsite #jordanvalley #deadseavalley #drylands #organicgardening #growyourownfood #buildsoil #permacultureresearchinstitute

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2 months ago

Left to its own devices, nature will always restore itself. With the help of humans, it will restore itself in years rather than centuries. Absolutely never saw a praying mantis on the property until I began really interacting with it and now I’m seeing more all the time plus loads of other life. #regenerate

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Today, drylands are inhabited by more than 2 billion people, which means that almost 40% of the world's population is living in areas of high water stress and desertification is increasing worldwide. But with careful design, we can demonstrate permanent productivity and landscape rehabilitation. At the Greening The Desert Project, Jordan in the Dead Sea Valley, 400-metres below sea level and one of the hottest / driest places on earth, we're educating locals on permaculture principles and techniques so they can transform their landscapes, their homes into a productive and abundant oasis. So, let's have a look at Abla's little garden—one of our neighbors at the Greening The Desert Project, Jordan—and a former student of ours who took her Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course less than 12 months ago! - watch the full video on my Youtube or Facebook page. #greeningthedesert #permacultureinaction #permaculturedesign #permacultureliving #permacultureaid #jordanvalley #deadseavalley #deadsea #organicgardening #growyourownfood #buildsoil #permacultureresearchinstitute

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The Greening The Desert Project, Jordan provides solutions for permanent abundance by training local people to become leaders of sustainable development in their communities... and we're literally spreading from one garden to the next, expanding the knowledge and practice of sustainable agriculture using permaculture design. It’s such a rewarding and inspiring thing to see, in one of the world’s most challenging environments no less - watch the full video on my Youtube or Facebook page. #greeningthedesert #permacultureinaction #permaculturedesign #permacultureliving #permacultureaid #jordanvalley #deadseavalley #deadsea #organicgardening #growyourownfood #buildsoil #permacultureresearchinstitute

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