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When Industry Goes Permaculture

Do you want to see a peek into the future? Imagine a 50,000 square foot industrial building that is hyper-insulated with running costs of only $300 per year.
Sounds incredible doesn’t it? Well then take a look at this Industrial Permaculture place built by the Hunt Utilities Group in Minnesota. They are making appropriate technologies at an industrial scale that can also be applied to an everyday domestic house. Geoff Lawton explains how they did it and how this employer grows all their own food – for the workers. See how this degraded saw mill has transformed into the sustainable answer to future housing.

The Permaculture Research Insitute

PRI Zaytuna Farm functions as a model farm (in development) and permaculture training facility. Geoff and Nadia Lawton, world-renowned permaculture educators and consultants, lead the project. Much of Geoff and Nadia’s time over the last few years has been spent away from the Institute, consulting and helping set up projects in diverse locales around the world. Seeing the worldwide demand for knowledgeable permaculture consultants and teachers increase exponentially, as fuel and fertiliser prices skyrocket and the effects of climate change, soil depletion and water shortages begin to hit hard, priority and focus is now shifting back to the Institute, where growing the training program will increase the output of quality teachers to help fill the growing need for them.

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