Why Compost Bin Cleaning Is Necessary

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Permaculture | Comments Off on Why Compost Bin Cleaning Is Necessary

Some people do not clean their compost bin. The general argument being that they will still put in more waste so there really is no point for doing that. You always clean your car even though you will still drive and get it dirty though, right? Consider your compost bin to be just as valuable as any other property you have and you will find that cleaning it gets easier. You find yourself obligated to clean it much as you always feel obligated to clean your car.

2812559_orig (1)Compost cleaning is necessary and at the Open Permaculture School and Regenerative Leadership Institute, you would be in a position to learn why. The highly qualified and experienced professionals at the institute give you all the necessary bits of information including practicals so that you are better equipped to handle compost bin cleaning efficiently. More so, you will also get to learn why it is necessary to clean the compost bins frequently.

A compost bin is a decaying “house” so naturally it will attract all sorts of animals. To avoid pests coming to your compound or house, you need to clean out the bin each time you empty it out. Cleaning a bin keeps it fresh as you wait to fill it up with other organic waste compounds. At the same time, by cleaning the compost bin, you avoid the risk of exposure to diseases. A lot of these pests carry harmful diseases amd by cleaning the bin so as not to attract them, you avoid bringing them in places of proximity to you where they could potentially harm you.

20150209_153211-2 Pests are also destructive, over time, they will definitely shift from the compost bin to your house where they will destroy your property, for instance in the case of rats and mice.Compost bin are potential contaminants. Decaying matter harbours harmful bacteria. By cleaning the bin, you reduce the risk of contamination to yourself. You get to avoid having to spend numerous amounts of resources on medication. These resources can then be put into good use, for instance, buying another bin for commercial purposes. Composting, if not done right, or if anaerobic, will definitely develop an odour.

Compost-WormsUnless you wish to get constant complaints from your neighbours to the health and sanitation department, you should definitely clean your compost bin.

The odour is unpleasant and you should therefore use scented cleaning agents to get rid of it. The other reason for the necessity of cleaning your bin is so as to put in fresh organic waste. It is generally not advisable to add in today’s waste to yesterday’s harvested compost without cleaning it out first.

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Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Permaculture | Comments Off on HOW TO SET UP A RAINWATER HARVESTING SYSTEM FOR HOME USE

Rainwater harvesting, once considered a throwback to ancient times as well as a practice for underdeveloped countries without efficient piped water systems, is slowly making a comeback in modern life. The surge in demand for water due to population growth and an increase in the number of people moving to urban areas have resulted in water rationing as well as higher water bills as municipal councils and other bodies strive to meet the demand.

Savvy homeowners are beginning to realize the importance of investing in rainwater harvesting systems in order to ensure constant supply of this necessary commodity, save money and buffer themselves against regular shortages and price hikes. Should you decide that harvesting rainwater is the way to go; the following steps will help to guide you and ensure that you install the right system for your particular needs and circumstances.

  1. 1-3-1-2-House-Rainwater-Harvesting-SystemPerform a preliminary survey

Determining the amount of water you need, spelling out what the water will be used for, calculating how much you can reasonably collect based on the size of your property as well as finding out water use laws in your area are a few variables to investigate before you can decide on the system that will serve you best. Other important factors to consider include your budget, type of property and ease of maintenance.

  1. Design your system

Every rainwater system is made up of the same basic components i.e. the catchment area, conveyancing system, storage facilities and distribution system.

  • Catchment Area

The most important thing to consider here is the type of material that you use for roofing since this can affect the quality, taste and even safety of your water due to the presence of toxins like rust, pesticides and heavy metals. Good roofing choices include: well fired glazed tiles, clay tiles, bitumen based composite tiles and non galvanized metal.

  • Gutters and Downspoughts

The size of your home will determine the number of gutters and downspoughts you need in order to deliver rainwater into your storage system. Too few of these components will lead to overflowing and loss of water through runoff into sewers or being absorbed into the ground.


  • Conveyancing system


This system is made up of the pipes that deliver the rainwater from the roof and into the storage system, as well as the ones that distribute stored water to the various points of use. All pipes used for this purpose should adhere to local law codes, be UV resistant and strong enough to withstand water pressure.

  • Storage system

The storage system can be located above or below ground depending on your water needs as well as the space you have available on your property. The storage you choose should be durable, strong and easy to maintain. Popular choices include concrete, galvanized steel, fiberglass and PVC tanks and barrels.

  • Maintenance

Once your system is in place, you need to incorporate additional safety features such as overflow pipes, backflow prevention and pre-filtration devices. In addition, you will need to enlist the help of a qualified professional to conduct regular maintenance on your system, replace worn out parts and generally ensure that your system is operating at optimal levels.

Rainwater harvesting will become increasingly important in the coming decades due to population pressure, erratic weather patterns and the rising cost of treating and cleaning water for human use. Now is the time to invest in a rainwater harvesting system for your home and avoid getting stranded during rationing and other water shortages. You can find out more about setting up the best rainwater harvesting system for your home at the Open Permaculture School and Regenerative Leadership Institute.

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How To Reuse Greywater

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Permaculture | Comments Off on How To Reuse Greywater

Using greywater at home can help reduce the demand for expensive potable water, support thriving landscapes and reduce utility bills. Fresh water is a very precious resource that needs to be protected by all means possible including using and reusing water. And considering that droughts are common in many parts of the world, using water sustainably is of paramount importance.

One of the most effective strategies of protecting fresh water resources is reducing the overall demand for it. This can be achieved through implementing manufacturing processes that require less water, using appliances and fixtures that are water efficient, harvesting rainwater as well as water-wise landscaping. It’s however depressing that even after reducing initial use of water; a lot still goes down the drain as waste. Such wastewater can be used as greywater to increase water supply at home and ultimately reduce the demand for fresh water.


Greywater is very different from black water in that while black water comes from toilets and kitchen sinks, greywater describes water that is discharged from bathtubs, bathroom sinks, showers and washing machines. Greywater can be used for flushing toilets, landscaping and watering potted plants. The main challenge when it comes to use of greywater is that modern plumbing doesn’t distinguish between black water and greywater and as a result, both end up in a sewage. Unless it is manually diverted, greywater ends up as black water, thus useless unless it goes through a treatment plant.

Before delving into how to use greywater, it’s important to understand that the regulations surrounding the use of greywater vary. As a result, some of the ways of reusing greywater may be considered illegal depending illegal depending on your location. You also need to understand that improper use can lead to odors, pathogen or even pest issues. Put simply, you should do your homework thoroughly before using greywater.

img.grey_waterThe ideal use of greywater requires deep thought because a filtration as well as a discharge mechanism is required. If you are thinking of implementing greywater use in your home on a large scale, examine your options thoroughly and make sure that you talk to a greywater professional. In addition, invest in a greywater system that is appropriate for your needs and one that complies with the local regulations. Consider enrolling at Open Premaculture School or Regenerative Leadership Institute to learn more about how you can implement a greywater system in your home and how to reuse it.

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Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Promoting permaculture | Comments Off on Regenerative Leadership institute

Tumaini Permaculture Farm in western Kenya is proving to be trendsetter

Western Kenya based Tumaini permaculture Farm is in headlines these days for perfectly implementing permaculture principals in farming.  But, this farm was not just started with an aim to grow fruits and vegetables. It was started because Tyler and Claire Burgardt decided to do something for homeless children in Kenya’s Eldoret town.

Farm offers food and shelter for street children

This farm is developed with help from Tumaini Innovation Center that works towards helping street children with shelter. During day time, Tyler works with his health care start-up Zuri Health, while his wife Claire works at local hospital as surgeon under one of Indiana University’s programs.

Developing their farm was not much of an issue for Burgardts as they just had to pay $12,000 for their land.  Tyler suggests that in country like Kenya one does not need a large amount of money to introduce changes.  During his recent interaction with journalists, he also pointed out that Kenya’s 70 percent of population lives with less than $2 per day.


No one living around the farm had imagined about cultivating taro and rice in such farm that is full of soggy soil. But Tyler and his better half’s dream has come true. The farm is already a huge hit. Farm also grows taro, spinach, kale, onions, and oranges. The couple is working on farm’s three fish pounds that would help in raising 50 catfish, and 1,000 tilapia fishes.  Farm also has 50 chickens to ensure adequate poultry products.

Educating the next generation

The farm is not just involved in producing vegetables, fruits, and poultry products, but they are also involved in training and sharing knowledge about permaculture principles for sustainable farming.  Such farming involves using renewable resources and mimicking natural ecosystems to create sustainable agriculture atmosphere.

Kids receive training for around 15 hours every week. Training time is organized in such a way that these kids go to school and get the training after coming back from school. Most of the kids who work on Tumaini permaculture Farm are selected by social workers. So, these street kids are not just getting homegrown food, roof, and income, but they are also getting education that might make positive changes in their future.


Opt for Vladislav Davidzon’s educational institute

When it comes to permaculture education, Vladislav Davidzon is the name that comes first in Google search results.  His schools and educational institutes are present in 190+ nations. They teach permaculture related courses to millions of students, where you can get permaculture design certificate online. Davidzon has more than fifty years of work experience, and is famous as a social entrepreneur who has helped in extending the boundaries of permaculture and sustainable design. Davidzon has gained his knowledge while studying with instructors like Joanna Macy, Marshall Rosenberg, Geoff Lawton, and Bill Mollison, etc.

He is also the founder of regenerative leadership institute.  This institute is considered largest one on this planet as far as providing permaculture education is concerned.  People from all age group and professions attend courses at Davidzon’s institutes.

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Permaculture – Cultivating Mushrooms

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Permaculture, Regenerative Leadership Institute | Comments Off on Permaculture – Cultivating Mushrooms

Permaculture – Cultivating Mushrooms

   To produce mushrooms you need both knowledge and resources. They require specific conditions in order to grow, and it can be tricky to set those conditions. If some of the conditions are off your mushrooms will not grow, they will be busy fighting microbes. To avoid this you can fist start growing mushrooms with mushroom starter kits. These kits have everything covered, and you won’t have to think about some steps you would have need to do if you grew mushrooms without it.

   So this will be a beginners guide on how to grow mushrooms from these kits. For those that want to do everything by themselves you will have to find advanced guides somewhere else. To avoid long article I am going to mention material as I go through the process.

   Inoculation is a process of setting the conditions for mushrooms to grow. In this case it is easy to do everything because of mushroom starter kit. First step in inoculation is to minimize the air flow in order to prevent dust contamination and then wash your hands with alcohol to sterilize them. Then start working on your kit, substrate, water and a bit of hydrogen peroxide all go in the bag. Sawdust pellets, if used, should be crushed down. If you need additional nitrogen good thing for it are fresh  tea leaves. After that sterilize the outside of the spawn bag, after that use sterilized knife to cut that bag and pour the content in your substrate bag. After that try distributing the contents as evenly as possible. At the end seal the bag completely, which will prevent contamination of mycelium.

   Incubation period should last from 2 weeks up to one month. Optimal temperature for incubation of the mushrooms is 15 degrees, but that temperature can go from 10 up to 26 degrees. Bag should be kept in dark place during this process.

Growing Mushrooms Using Mushroom Garden Kit

   Fruiting will happen after the end of incubation period. You will know when it happens by structures that are called primordial mound appear in the bag. When this happens you should cut the bag on the side that has a lot of those and allow light to illuminate that side. This is done to focus mushroom growth on one side which will increase your harvest.

   Harvesting is the final step in this process. When mushrooms have grown you can cut them out from the bag. You can either consume them fresh or dry them. Dried mushrooms are in most cases used for medicinal purposes, while fresh are used for making food.

   So this is a short guide for growing mushrooms with a mushroom starter kit, feel free to extract mycelium from some of the products you got and experiment growing them without starter kit.

   This guide is just one of the many permaculture projects you can start and work on. At the beginning, bag is enough but later you can create big mushroom permaculture systems. For knowledge about that search the internet for free permaculture design course that could teach you that. There are many of them, and some are organized by well-known permaculturists like Vladislav Davidzon.

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Why you should join Regenerative Leadership Institute and start saving the world NOW

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Permaculture, Regenerative Leadership Institute | Comments Off on Why you should join Regenerative Leadership Institute and start saving the world NOW

Why you should join Regenerative Leadership Institute and start saving the world NOW

            Majority of people on the planet still do not quite realize the levels of danger we are all in, since constant pollution of environment and use of non-renewable energy sources can prove costly in the end. Whether those people are just lazy and not interested, or whether they believe it is a hoax of some kind – environmental protection and preservation of Mother Nature is of the utmost importance, and sooner we all realize it sooner we can try to make things better.

            Regenerative Leadership Institute is dedicated to doing exactly that and also to provide people with expert guides and instructions on how to release their full potential, how to live a sane, healthy lifestyle and much, much more. Vladislav Davidzon, the founder and CEO of this design school started this project in 2004 and in a little more over a decade this company has attracted over 250.000 people from over 95 countries.


Vladislav Davidzon

            Davidzon is a well-known entrepreneur and highly successful businessman, but he is even more famous for his work on leadership, activism and permaculture courses. Permaculture is a system of thinking and beliefs which was developed by an Australian professor (Bill Mollison) and his graduate student (David Holmgren) in the late 1970s, and it concentrated on providing instructions on how to make our society a self-sustainable ecosystem, mostly by copying the patterns and designs found in nature (also known as biomimicry). Observation of nature is the starting point for permaculture but the end result of making people happier and healthier is probably the most important.

             Regenerative Leadership Institute offers a free online version of their courses (since 2013), but essentially they are all about immersion in nature, and therefore majority of their program is conducted in wilderness (or at least in woods and parks) and usually in the form of camping trips. A positive atmosphere and high-quality instructors provide for a pleasant learning experience, and a program nowadays focuses on topics like: permaculture principles and patterns in nature, natural building, renewable energy (wind, solar energy, etc.), recycle of waste, water harvesting and sustainable usage, soil regeneration, design of organic food farms, permaculture gardening with cardboard, economics of permaculture, sustainable cities, etc.

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            This design school is opened for all groups of people, since diverse social, religious, political or age groups offer greater range of opinions for discussion. Regenerative Leadership Institute also provides options for isolation and solitary exploration of oneself and the environement, since meditation helps people reach full potential and explore the inner strengths, even when they didn’t know they had them. Empowering people is the general idea of this program, because only strong, sane individual can be happy in doing what he likes the most and he can take better care of his environment. Sustainable living is only possible when humans are satisfied and connected into a coherent community, which has clarity and vision to move towards a better, healthier life and overall protection of nature. Regenerative Leadership Institute offers exactly that, and with their leadership qualities we may yet have a chance to preserve our lovely planet.


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