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DIY Mulch Pit Greywater System

February 29, 2012 | Appropriate Technology, Permaculture, Permaculture Design, Water Harvesting + Reuse | 20 comments | Author:

Greywater is a resource that can be awesome if capitalized upon, especially on a farm with unpredictable rainfall. We’ve just finished a simple greywater system that we’re pretty darn happy with. Up at the woolshed we have two greywater sources: … Continued


The saga of the middle dam

March 16, 2011 | Permaculture, Permaculture Design, Water Harvesting + Reuse | 20 comments | Author:

First off, i would like to make an important point: we are yet to meet a challenge at Milkwood Farm that we could not fix with careful thought, good advice, relentless research, a strong dose of creativity and a stronger … Continued


Gravity fed water for Milkwood Farm

February 28, 2011 | Water Harvesting + Reuse | 13 comments | Author:

One of the most powerful concepts in permaculture for me is ‘keep the water high’. All water stored high in the landscape is potential energy, thanks in part to gravity. If your water is high, you can make that water … Continued


Water Tank comparisons for drinking water: defining clean and green

February 14, 2011 | Building, Natural Building, Permaculture, Resources, Water Harvesting + Reuse | 76 comments | Author:

All drinking water at Milkwood Farm comes from the sky. This means catchment and storage of drinking-quality water is a very big deal for us. And since we’ve got the opportunity to define the quality of our drinking water here … Continued


Re-setting the spillways

August 10, 2010 | Uncategorized | 12 comments | Author:

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For the last 2 and a half years we have waited for the big rain which would test the capacity of our water-harvesting earthworks. And waited. We’ve had a bit of rain here and there, but the summers have been hot and dry these last two years, and we had gotten used to life with half-full dams and swales which were good roads, but rarely wet.


Water and me. And you.

July 31, 2009 | Permaculture Techniques | 3 comments | Author:

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Water woz ere. A clearly hydrated landscape thanks to good hydrological design at Strathcona Community Garden, Vancouver Canada

We’re all becoming acutely aware of the value of water. And so we should, as water’s role in our lives and in the planets’ cycles cannot really be understated. When designing and planning a Permaculture system, it’s top of the list – the order goes: Water, Access, Structure. Design and sort out your water catchments and systems before you design anything else. Give them priority. Water is not an optional extra. Without water, you’re stuffed.


Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands

July 19, 2009 | Permaculture Techniques, Publications | 7 comments | Author:

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Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond – Vol I & II by Brad Landcaster

Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond is a much awarded series of titles out of the USA by Brad Landcaster. Brad’s a Permie who has worked extensively in grassroots greywater re-use and has also worked on many community projects in both developing and developed nations in the realms of rainwater harvesting systems.

Volume I focuses on designing and implementing rainwater harvesting systems for domestic, rural and community use, with a wide range of examples form various countries. Drylands processes are emphasized, but there’s plenty of other examples and the techniques hold true for any biosphere. It’s a great overview of the basics of rainwater harvesting for a range of environments, and full of tips and tricks for designing a complete system, or for the 1% rule of small, slow solutions


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