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ReGreening The Desert Part 2

All The Problems Of The World Can Be Solved In A Garden

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Keep The World From Turning To Dust!

"These examples have to be set so that the world can have a positive future but we have to explain that unless this soil management is fully demonstrated, extended and enhanced, then we don't have any future. The world is just going to turn to dust." says Geoff Lawton in the Part 2 of the Greening The Desert documentary.

This is part 2 a spectacular success story, by world renowned permaculture expert Geoff Lawton. His team went to the Jordan Desert and transformed 10 acres of the arid desert into a lush, thriving, food producing garden. They developed a system to harvest every drop of rainwater, and created swells with over a foot of mulch. Then they used a micro irrigation system in the mulch. These techniques maximized the moisture and brought life back to the soil.

They were able to grow date palms, pomegranates, figs, mulberries, citrus and more. This is fascinating and as Geoff Lawton says in this video: "All the world's problems can be solved in a garden".

It's not just that the moisture system worked and kept the soil and plants thriving-- in the process they lowered the salt levels dramatically. This location is only a few miles from the Dead Sea!

This is recapped in the first 5 minutes of this video. Then we move on to Part 11, six years later, taking you to the original Greening the Desert site, letting you see its present condition after six years of neglect when funding ran out in 2003.

Then you will see the new project site – the Jordan Valley Permaculture Project, aka ‘Greening the Desert, the Sequel.

It is possible to re-green and decrease the salt levels in any desert with water harvesting, micro-irrigation and mulch.

A miracle indeed!

--Bibi Farber

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