Our head instructor, Alan Booker, recently had the opportunity to present a graduate seminar to students and faculty of the Biological Sciences and Earth Systems Sciences departments at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
The seminar, titled Deep Ecosystem Repair Using Permaculture, covered a number of examples from around the world of how Permaculture is being used to repair distressed and degraded ecosystems and landscapes. From the work of Geoff Lawton in showing how to re-green the deserts of Jordan, to Allan Savory using high-impact grazing techniques with cattle to restore prairie ecosystems in Africa, to the techniques being employed by Sepp Holzer in reversing the desertification spreading across much of southern Europe, Permaculture has an impressive track record of solving hard problems in pretty much every biome and climate region.
After a survey of the solutions that Permaculture has offered in other regions, the focus turned closer to home with some pictures of watershed and soil erosion problems in the immediate area of the UAHuntsville campus. Alan finished up the seminar with a discussion of the kinds of ecosystems repair needed in our own backyards and some strategies for starting the process of healing the ecosystems right here in north Alabama.