August 19, 2016

Urban Permaculture transformation

by kaiconfusion

It’s done! We did it! All building projects are completed and the garden is growing uncontrollably! Check it out!

 

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After picture taken on the 20th of June 2016! – (11month later)

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Before picture taken end of July 2015

SHORT

Between summer 2015 and summer 2016 I had the pleasure to re-design and re-build the urban 690m2 home of my brother’s family in Berlin. The focus of the design was everything surrounding the house, lifestyle and behaviour changes and reconsiderations of resource and energy uses.

After an initial consultancy including an interview, I spend several weeks analysing the property and doing a lot of basic work in preparation of 2016th design installations. The design and implementation plan I drew up over winter.

Between April and June we build an entrance ramp and replaced and old stairway, we build wodden and stone retaining walls, a large insect hotel and a little bat house, created soil, created gardens, planted nearly 100 different vegetables and herbs, dismantled dysfunctional elements, replaced and repositioned others. We suggested many changes such as subscribing to a CSA, a solar system which was installed in Oct 2015, to go dumpster diving, to use a worm farm and to recycle all compost waste through garden composting. We have turned more than 75% of the available area into productive organic gardens, created a lot of soil, build a shed for tools and another one for bicycles and beautified eyesores. We created spaces for the children to play and plenty of places for wildlife to thrive. We have cared for the earth, cared for people and we now can share some surplus !

Enjoy looking through the images and feel free to comment. I am happy to answer questions !

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January 6, 2017

Sitio – living on a Farm in South America

by kaiconfusion

Living of the land and transforming an old family farm in rural Brazil into a Permaculture landscape.

THE LAND

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December 26, 2016

BRAZIL

by kaiconfusion

Permaculture in South America, sustainability in Brazil, exploring wild nature, experiencing rural life, trying to understand the contrast between the rich and the poor, working to revive an old family farm, working as Permaculture Designer in Brazil, getting to know Megacity Sao Paulo, finding out if Brazil could be a permanent home for me and so much more are some of the topics that interest me while living in Brazil …

Of course, after the first almost two month here, there are a lot of new stories to tell, to many to squeeze into one blog post so I will post a couple and split them up into chapters …

SAO PAULO

Sao Paulo is one of the largest Megacities in the world. The metropolis area has an estimated population of 35 million people.

Minhocão

A city highway build without much thought, creating a city canyon that funnels the noise of the traffic that turns the road into a noise monster, that forced the authorities to close the road at night and weekends. The public fought for the right to open the road during those times for pedestrians. People use the empty 3.5km long highway to bike, walk their dogs, play soccer and even for barbecues and some people even set up swimming pools and take a bath!

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Pixação

Sao Paulo might be the worlds city with the most graffiti. A Sao Paulo specific graffit style was invented here called Pixação. People mostly from the poor neighbourhoods climb buildings without safety equipment trying to leave their mark higher than anyone else.
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October 18, 2016

The salt of the earth

by kaiconfusion

A master piece about a great man Sebastião Salgado.
As a social photographer he witnessed many of the horrors of our time. As he almost lost his hope in humanity he and his partner Lélia Wanick decided to reforest his totally degraded family farm in Brazil. Today there are more than 2.5 million trees and over 1000 old repaired spring lines. Together they founded the Instituto Terra.  http://institutoterra.org/eng/midiaGalery.php#

“The salt of the earth” -A deeply moving motion picture.

August 10, 2016

KIMCHI – Formidable Vegetable Sound System!

by kaiconfusion

The new song by the Permaculture band is out!
KIMCHI is the new single from Formidable Vegetable Sound System’s
forthcoming electro-funk-swing kids’ album ‘Grow Do It’ – Out Sep 2.
In the song Kimchi Charlie Mgees shares his most un-traditional recipe anyone could possibly make Kimchi!

“Have a cup of compost and harden de funk up!”

www.formidablevegetable.com.au

 

 

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August 5, 2016

Dumpster Diving Denmark

by kaiconfusion

Progressive – that is what most people think of Denmark but even if that may be true in some ways, we are seeing a quite other side of Denmark when, at night, we are looking through what supermarkets across the country throw out as waste.

After more than 6 years of going dumpster diving across 2 continents and over 10 countries, Denmark must be at the most extreme. I found that the richer the country, the more perfect food is thrown away! The picture we took here are from just one night at three medium sized supermarkets. What we took is a fraction of what was there. Every time it is the same scene. We find everything from vegetable and fruit to fish and meat, dairy products like milk and cheese, eggs, juices, cereals, breads, bakery goods even caned goods and ever so often things that haven’t even expired like yesterday 27 1l packs of organic rice milk!

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The only good news, we met two other dumpster diving teams that night, middle-class women not quite the sub-culturists, that shared with us that it is a quite common thing to do in Denmark and how crazy the throw away culture in Denmark is. They have created a Facebook group in which they share food they find with people in need.

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At least we have fun and save some great food from being thrown away!

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August 3, 2016

That’s how you split your firewood!

by kaiconfusion

 

 

A genius invention I discovered at Permaculture demonstration site Melliodora in Victoria Australia – home
of Permaculture co – originator David Holmgren.

An old car tyre makes for the perfect tool to split wood. Everybody that splits firewood by hand knows how annoying
it is when the wood falls to the ground. The tyre stops the wood from falling and when the axe hits the rubber it bounces back and saves you energy!
The tyre can be stacked full with wood and all split at once. So much faster!!! Awesome!

July 30, 2016

BEST POSITIVE CHANGE FILMS

by kaiconfusion

A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity (2016)

It isn’t the question anymore of how are we going to change the world but instead: When are YOU going to join the one’s already changing it?

It is easy to forget the concerns of the world in our daily lives and hard to grasp the big picture in these hyper complex times. Too easily it can be overseen how our day to day actions and inactions repeated by many have profound impacts on the globe and all its inhabitants at large.

“Think global – act local” – “Be part of the solution rather than part of the problem!”

Enjoy watching!

A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity

79 min | http://www.happenfilms.com/a-simpler-way | 2016 (US) | English

A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity is a feature-length documentary that follows a community in Australia who came together to explore and demonstrate a simpler way to live in response to global crises. Throughout the year the group built tiny houses, planted veggie gardens, practised simple living, and learned how to live in community.

Download the film at happenfilms.com/a-simpler-way

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