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Global Gardener Video Library

This post originally began as Bill Mollison's Global Gardener video series. I have since added other examples of people farming and gardening in a wide variety of climates. Some examples have been added to show how permaculture design and forest gardening techniques can be used to grow healthy, organic food under the most extreme conditions. Feel free to ignore the global warming, peak oil, and environmentalistic undertones taken in these videos.

TABLE OF CONTENTS - Videos & Main Presenters
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Global Gardener
"Bill Mollison is a practical visionary. For nearly two decades he has traveled the globe spreading the word about permaculture, the method of sustainable agriculture that he devised. Permaculture weaves together microclimate, annual and perennial plants, animals, soils, water management and human needs into intricately connected productive communities. Mollison has proved that even in the most difficult conditions permaculture empowers people to turn wastelands into food forests. Global Gardener is a series of four half-hour programs on one tape. Each episode looks at examples in different bioregions:"

Tropical Permaculture - Mollison introduces the basic principles, and shows results in Australia, India, and Zimbabwe.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Desert Permaculture - Reversing desertification in Arizona, Botswana and Australia.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Temperate Permaculture - Europe, Tasmania, and the San Juan Islands in Washington State.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Urban Permaculture - New York City, Harare in Zimbabwe, and Davis in California.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

MP3 previews
Permaculture Design Course w/ Bill Mollison (47hr audio)
Aquaculture: A Permaculture Perspective w/ Bill Mollison (10hr audio)

Forest Gardening
"Both informative and inspiring, this video features Robert Hart in his pioneering Shropshire garden, explaining the principles and practice of forest gardening; Ken Fern of Plants for a Future, who grows 1500 species of useful perennial plants on a windy plot in Cornwall; and Mike and Julia Guerra who have created a tiny garden behind their maisonette in Hertfordshire, using permaculture, forest gardening and organic principles. For as little as two hours work a week, they can supply produce for six months of the year."

0:00 - Robert Hart's Forest Garden - Shropshire, England
15:55 - Ken Fern's Forest Garden - Cornwall, England
32:10 - Mike & Julia Guerras' Backyard Garden - Hertfordshire, England

Three Part Forest Gardening Documentary

A 25 Year Permaculture Project
The Bullock Brothers' Homestead - San Juan Islands, NW USA
A 25-Year Permaculture Project

Greening the Desert
Here is a fascinating application of permaculture design methods to a desert environment. In this video Geoff Lawton designs a self-sustaining agricultural system in the country of Jordan on a desolate piece of land. (hyper arid, 10 acres of almost dead flat completely salted landscape, 400 meters below sea level, two kilometers from the Dead Sea, with very little rainfall, and temperatures over 50 degrees in August)
Greening the Desert
Behind Greening the Desert
Towards Permaculture Centers Worldwide

DVD previews
Permaculture Soils DVD
Urban Permaculture DVD

Miscellaneous video clips
Geoff Lawton on Aquaculture - “Planting a brand new dam at Geoff Lawton's demonstration site, The Permaculture Research Institute Australia (PRI)”
Toxins in Compost Geoff Lawton Permaculture
Small Scale and Urban Food Production
Permaculture Examined by SBS - “Australia's Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) recently visited the Permaculture Research Institute in Australia to check out the work of Geoff Lawton at Zaytuna Farm.”
Swales in Landscape - “Rob Avis, of Canada-based Verge Permaculture, explains how swales at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia work to re-hydrate the landscape and re-charge aquifers.”

"Introduction to Permaculture Design with Geoff Lawton. Based on the Bill Mollison Permaculture Manual and the 72 hour Permaculture Design Certificate course, Geoff Lawton explains the theory and takes you through a number of Permaculture designed projects that are patterned on Nature. An ideal introduction for anyone interested in learning more about Permaculture."

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ESTABLISHING A FOOD FOREST: The Permaculture Way Series - (2008)
"Join Geoff Lawton on a Permaculture adventure as he demonstrates how to grow a food forest from start to finish. Over 90 minutes of quality information to get you on the right track in creating your own garden of Eden.

We start with a 20 minute Permaculture Classroom as Geoff explains the patterns of a Food Forest and the essential principles of “time stacking” your garden with the right mix of support species that feed and protect your fledgling fruit trees into maturity. We then join Geoff in the field as he puts the theory into action, planting the seeds and watching the system grow.

We end up at Tagari Farm – established by Permaculture founding father, Bill Mollision – which was abandoned years ago, but planted according to Permaculture design principles. Would this Food Foest survive on its own? You’ll be surprised.

Elements covered in the DVD include: Forest Fundamentals, Legumes, Chop and Drop, Pests, Fungi, Nursery, Kitchen gardens, Swales, Hardwood, Mature systems, and much more ..."

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(The following inactive links have been left to provide a general breakdown of the DVD. However, the time stamps no longer apply.)

Part 1
0:50 - Basic Concepts - What is a forest?
6:34 - Essential Concepts - Building a forest
Part 2
Part 3
3:33 - Establishing a Food Forest - Day 1 - Planting the seeds
Part 4
3:54 - Three months later
8:24 - Working with weeds
Part 5
0:41 - Three year old food forest
2:05 - Pests in the garden
3:24 - Six year old food forest
Part 6
3:15 - Water being absorbed into landscape (animation)
5:29 - Using chickens in a food forest
7:03 - Chicken tractor (animation)
8:05 - Using chickens to control pests (animation)
9:40 - Chop and Drop
Part 7
2:19 - Weeds repair the landscape
8:04 - The nursery
Part 8
0:20 - The kitchen garden
4:43 - Tagari Farm 2008
Part 9

Bonus Features
30 Year Old Food Forest - Biodynamic farm in Queensland
300 Year Old Food Forest - in Vietnam
2000 Year Old Food Forest - Desert oasis in Morocco

Clips not included in final version
Hand Tools

Various clips from DVD
The Kitched Garden
Pests in the Garden
Using Chickens to Control Pests in a Food Forest

"Join Geoff Lawton as he designs and builds a dam and swale system on a client's small acre farm. Every detail is covered as we watch Geoff and his students build a water harvesting system using the design principles of Permaculture." (Source)

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3 Films: "Farming with Nature", "Aquaculture", "Terraces and Raised Beds - Sepp Holzer's Austrian permaculture films from Oko film.
Sepp Holzer narrates how he created a sustainable edible landscape on his 45 hectare mountain farm, 1500 m above sea level in the coldest region of Austria. Within the pinetree monocultures of Austria he has built the largest functioning permaculture farm in Europe. He has transformed marginal, erosion-prone mountain lands with poor, acidic soils into stable rich soils with greater biodiversity and productivity.

Farming with Nature - A Case Study of Successful Temperate Permaculture - An "overview of Sepp and Veronica Holzer's long-term application of Permaculture Design to terrace agriculture in a temperate climate."

Aquaculture - The Synergy of Land and Water - "Here, we see in greater detail the water management on the 45-hectare farm. It is explained through an intensely personal journey from Sepp's first interest in pisciculture at age seven and on later through the 40 years that he has boldly transformed a total of 3 hectares of the hillside to produce 70 interlinked ponds and wetland areas. Sepp farms fish and, in the way of all good animal husbandry, he observes and understands their behaviour, their nutritional and habitat needs, and the natural order that exists between predator fish (pike) and feeders (carp and trout). It's as though he constructs guilds of fish since the variety of species, and the colourful decoration from inclusion of Japanese carp, makes them the equivalent of an underwater flower garden. He eats the fish and also sells them to restaurants locally.

Fish farming is but one purpose from his water management. He generates power; uses collected water to extract and pump up drinking water; the water surfaces reflect the warmth of the sun, provide humidity and create microclimates; and water temperature is varied using large boulders as heat sinks or through water movement from deep or shallow ponds elsewhere. But there is more than function: each water element is carefully located in the landscape, is provided with a variety of niches and aquatic plants, and is fed and drained by restfully-noisy waterfalls and watersinks. Here is natural beauty and sensory charm, because Sepp knows that we need more than food to sustain us, and he shows us how in this video."

Terraces and Raised Beds - This film describes the destructive effects of pine tree monocoltures on the landscape and how Sepp uses terraces and raised vegetable beds to establish a biodiverse habitat and create microclimates.


The Agro Rebel

Sepp Holzer permaculture
"Sepp Holzer's "krameterfarm" in Salzburg - Austria on "servus TV"
Set close caption for translation.
Part 1
Part 2

Permaculture in Practice
"Permaculture (Permanent Agriculture) is the design of an ecologically sound way of living in our households, gardens, communities and businesses in cooperation with Nature.
This video, whose aim is to inspire people to start their own permaculture projects, shows how it is practised in four very different settings: a Hampshire back garden belonging to the editors of Permaculture Magazine, including fruit trees, vegetables, bees, chickens and ducks; a community co op in Devon, which involves a café, allotments and local composting scheme; a City Challenge project in Bradford close to a housing estate with 10,000 residents, tackling the problems of unemployment, environmental awareness and backyard food growing; and a small farm in the Forest of Dean where innovative marketing schemes ensure a close link between producer and consumer including a vegetable box scheme, organic meat, and locally produced charcoal."
Permaculture in Practice - Google video

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

Back To Eden Film
"After years of back-breaking toil in ground ravaged by the effects of man-made growing systems, Paul Gautschi has discovered a taste of what God intended for mankind in the garden of Eden. Some of the vital issues facing agriculture today include soil preparation, fertilization, irrigation, weed control, pest control, crop rotation, and PH issues. None of these issues exist in the unaltered state of nature or in Paul's gardens and orchards. "Back to Eden" invites you to take a walk with Paul as he teaches you sustainable organic growing methods that are capable of being implemented in diverse climates around the world."

Official Trailer

Official Teaser

Full Movie - "BACK TO EDEN shares the story of one man’s lifelong journey, walking with God and learning how to get back to the simple, productive methods of sustainable provision that were given to man in the garden of Eden. The organic growing system that has resulted from Paul Gautschi’s incredible experiences has garnered the interest of visitors from around the world."
(Watch for free at backtoedenfilm.com. If video will not load, try watching on Internet Explorer or follow troubleshooting instructions.)

Full Movie - Vimeo

Our Visit To Paul Gautschi's Back To Eden Garden - L2Survive with Thatnub
Part 1 - Chickens
Part 2 - The Ground
Part 3 - Planting & Seeds

"A story by reporter Tim Lee from the 2004 ABC program Landline, Australia's national rural issues program on ABC, about permaculture co-originator David Holmgren, whose "pivotal role in developing permaculture has scarcely been recognised."
Part 1
Part 2

Other videos
David Holmgren on the Endurance of Suburbia

Synergistic Garden
"An educational video on no-till synergistic gardening that describes the step-by-step processes developed by Emilia Hazelip to create an ecological agriculture. A synergistic garden is an ecosystem that is consciously designed to allow all the dynamic life forms present in a wild soil to remain present while still growing crops (on whatever scale)." Emily was influenced both by Masanobu Fukuoka's and Bill Mollison's garden design principles.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

A Farm for the Future
"BBC documentary on the precient global farming and food crisis, filmed in the UK. Featuring Martin Crawford (Agroforestry Research Trust), Fordhall Farm, Richard Heinberg and others."
The discussion of permaculture begins in Part 3 @ 8:40.
Feel free to skip the peak oil parts in the beginning if you like.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

A Forest Garden Year - a preview of Martin Crawford's DVD
Martin Crawford́s Forest Garden - "A walk through Martin Crawford´s beautiful forest garden, a model for resilient, local food growing."

Soil Health
The Secret is in the Soil - "John Evans shows the secret for growing healthy enormous World Record vegetables is organic Bountea Compost Tea."

How to Brew Compost Tea

Water Harvesting
Rainwater Harvesting Basics with Brad Lancaster
Part 1 - "Brad talks about his evolution into rainwater harvesting, and the current state of our freshwater resources."
Part 2 - "developing a 'resilience basket' of local food with rainwater harvesting earthworks on neighborhood commons - greywater as an important household strategy and the successful Arizona code model"
Part 3 - "some basic water harvesting concepts and strategies - current projects - cultivating community acceptance of best management practices through informed example"
A simple visual model of water harvesting

Rainwater Harvesting & Water System Demonstration w/ Max Meyers
Part 1
Part 2

Other Gardening Examples
HOMEGROWN (trailer) - a Robert McFalls film about the Dervaes family who grow 6,000 LBS of produce on a 1/5 acre lot in Pasadina, California. Visit their homepage and youtube channel.

HOMEGROWN REVOLUTION - Radical Change Taking Root

Backyard Perennial Food Garden - Overview, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 - Eric Toensmeier, author or "Perennial Vegetables", gives a tour of his garden in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

John's suburban garden - Clip 1, Clip 2, Clip 3, Clip 4 - N. California

Suburban Renewal - One Backyard at a Time - Peak Moment 37: Jan Spencer shows his quarter acre permaculture garden in Eugene, Oregon.

Suburban Permaculture w/ Janet Borocco and Richard Heinberg - Peak Moment 100: Permaculture example on a quarter acre lot in Santa Rosa, California.

How Much Food Can I Grow Around My House? - "Peak Moment 87: In summer 2006 Judy Alexander embarked on an experiment to see how much food she could grow, and how many neighbors could benefit, from the garden around her house. Check out her homegrown rainwater collection and irrigation system - watering her 60+ edible crops. Meet the bees, the chickens and the worms. And catch her joy in producing so much food for so little effort."

Cultivating a Suburban Foodshed - Peak Moment 123: Landscape architect Owen Dell tells how he is attempting to encourage the community to grow food in a suburb of Santa Barbara, California.

Self-sufficient Small Farms - Peak Moment 6: Farming on small acreages. (Skip to 5:20)

An Experiment in Backyard Sustainability - Peak Moment 51: Scott McGuire's one year backyard garden experiment.

Innovation Bears Fruit for Family Farm - “Peak Moment 162: Tour the century-old organic Chaffin Family Orchards where even the animals are "farm hands." Visit chickens in their egg-mobile, scratching for bugs and pooping fertilizer in the heirloom stone-fruit orchards. Goats chomp off low branches from the olive trees, so no fuel or human labor is needed. This certified predator-friendly enterprise includes 200 acres of olive trees plus various fruit and nut trees; sheep, goats, broiler and egg-laying chickens. They distribute only locally through fruit and meat CSAs (community-supported agriculture), growers markets and a farmstand, providing fresh foods that burst with flavor and nuance.”

Four Acres and Independence - A Self-Sufficient Farmstead - Peak Moment 168: “Mark Cooper’s self-sufficient small farm . Take a tour, accompanied by curious sheep and geese, of Mark Cooper's self-sufficient small farm. Over several years, he transformed a rundown house and hillsides of berry brambles into pasture and gardens where he produces and preserves most of his family's food. Visit the Goose Grotto in a constructed pond, a heritage fruit tree orchard, logs producing shiitake mushrooms, and a cheap-and-easy container kitchen garden. Mark gives us a closeup view of the solar dehydrator he constructed from salvaged materials - and his tips on food drying. He has husbanded up to fifty animals at a time, including two Tibetan yaks!”

Seeds in the City - Cuba - "This is the remarkable story of how the people of Havana have pulled themselves back from the brink of disaster. Faced with food shortages and widespread hunger, city dwellers began growing food on rooftops and in front of office buildings. "It was a very spontaneous movement. People started to grow things on every available place", states on resident. Now, there are thousands of urban farms and more than a million tons of food is produced within the city."

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil - Learn about permaculture in Cuba at 1:25.

Urban Food Growning in Havana, Cuba

Urban agriculture in Brixton, London - "A project designed to show how low input, high output cultivation can help urban communities to grow organic food in response to the global food crisis."

Mike Feingold’s Permaculture Allotment - Mike Feingold leads a tour around his no-dig permaculture allotment in Bristol, England.

Urban Permaculture in Clacton-on-Sea - A short tour of Chris Southall’s property with greywater system, solar heating, chickens, and bees in Essex, Great Britain.

Permaculture Schools in South Africa

The Ground Under Overtown - Permaculture in Miami

Urban Agriculture in Atlanta - “A video survey of urban agriculture and community gardening in Atlanta. This story was featured on "This is Atlanta with Alicia Steele," a Telly Award-winning and Emmy-nominated magazine show on PBA, Atlanta's PBS Station.”

Eating Your Park - Part 1, Part 2 - Brisbane, Australia

Permaculture on a Canadian Farm - Part 1, Part 2 - “a short documentary about a sustainable farm near Hamilton, Ontario, featuring special guest Ian Graham.”

Urban Agriculture - This ten part video series shows how people in third world countries try to survive on subsistence agriculture. The methods they use are not very efficient compared to permaculture/forest gardening methods but they do show how people live and use the little property they can find to grow food.

FOOD CURATED: A Farm Grows in Brooklyn...on a Rooftop! - “Meet Ben Flanner and Annie Novak, the farmers who founded the project, and see for yourselves the optimistic future for urban farming. NYC's skyline has never looked this cool.”

FOOD CURATED: The Brooklyn Grange: NYC's Newest & Biggest Rooftop Farm - Ben Flanner's 40,000 square foot rooftop farm.

FOOD CURATED: NYC's Cool New Backyard Farms: Growing More Than Just Produce - “Urban NYC farmers have set their eyes on a new prize: transforming privately owned backyards into lush, fruitful farmlands.

By signing up to share your yard with a urban farmer, you can eat fresh from your own personal farm during the harvest months, and even sell produce to your neighbors - growing a community built around fresh local food. The best part is, you don't even have to lift a finger, BK Farmyards does all the farming for you.”

Happy Earth features on Triple J Hack Half Hour TV Show - Happy Earth adventures in urban sustainability. Wollongong, Australia

In Grave Danger of Falling Food
"Bill Mollison ... maintains that modern agricultural practices are destroying our soil and water and producing increasingly poisonous food. His alternative is the 'permaculture' concept which turns even the smallest city garden into a fertile eco-system that can provide most of the food for an average family."
In Grave Danger of Falling Food - Google video

The Future of Food by Deborah Koons Garcia
"The Future of Food offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade." You may view the home page here.
The Future of Food - Live Leak video

Other movie previews
Dirt! The Movie
Food, Inc.

FRESH The Movie (2009) - "FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

Among several main characters, FRESH features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur's 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan's book, The Omnivore's Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy."
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You may want to take a look at Bill Mollisons permaculture books.
"Introduction to Permaculture" (218 pages)

"Permaculture - A Designers' Manual" (574 pages - This is the main reference manual for permaculture)

The books have a lot of illustrations of plants, swales, and dam design.

I also have gathered a lot of video clips(~3 hrs footage) of Darren Doherty which I will be going through and organizing for a post (hopefully in a week). Darren has probably designed the most properties using keyline design techniques. I believe he focuses mostly on agroforest systems. He has designed 2,000 - 5,000 acre properties(average), a 26,000 acre, and a ~100,000 acre property as well. There may be more but I have only watched about 8 minutes so far.

I believe Darren was in the water harvesting DVD as well.

What specific information were you looking for about swales?
(soil types, rainfall calculations, planting, spacing, depth, width, climate, all of the above?)

Additional videos

I just added some additional videos on the Bullock brothers' homestead and Robert Hart's forest garden.

Both properties were originally featured in Global Gardener (Temperate Permaculture - Part 1 & Part 2).


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