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Geoff Lawton's work greening the deserts of Jordan has already won accolades around the world (see also Warren's original post on the Greening the Desert mini-movie). Geoff has also created great materials on some specific permaculture techniques—like building swales to harvest water directly into the soil, for example. Now permaculturists and soil geeks around the world are eagerly awaiting the release of a new DVD in which Geoff explores any and every aspect of building healthy, abundant soils. If the trailer is anything to go by, it should be some fantastically filthy viewing.
For a long time I thought that I was the only person who sat around worrying whether soil can be called dirt, whether soilless farming can be called organic, or whether male pee really is better on the compost heap. Yet every time I post on such matters, there is inevitably a passionate, heart-felt response from others who care just as deeply (perhaps obsessively) about the soils we rely on, and with good reason.
So I'm guessing I won't be the only one itching to get my hands on Geoff Lawton's Permaculture Soils DVD—due to be released in October. In it, Geoff promises to reveal the secrets to creating soils teeming with life—covering everything from making compost teas; to cultivating and nurturing fungi; to making best use of duck ponds and duck manure. He also covers 18 day composting, pasture management, and many other issues related to maintaining and maximizing soil fertility.
More on Soil, Dirt, Compost and Life
Does Organic Farming Need Soil?
Soil Is Not Dirt. Why Words Matter in Protecting Our Earth.
From Arid, Salty Desert to Permaculture Garden: Greening the Desert Revisited (Video)