THE WHOLE EARTH BUILDING FOUNDATION
Greening our Settlements
– sharing our knowledge
– investing in individuals and the community to develop self reliance
– creating social cohesion; working together to create sustainabililty
– creating a sense of belonging
– generating work for the unemployed, including women and youth
– on site training in Natural Building, Renewable, Sustainable Technologies and Food Gardening
– active community participation, a sense of purpose and pride
– using the skills acquired to train other communities in these methods
– less reliance on costly outside services
– the transition to a low carbon economy
“Earthen architecture is one of the most original and powerful expressions of our ability to create a built environment with readily available resources. It includes a great variety of structures, ranging from mosques, palaces and granaries, to historical city centres, cultural landscapes and archaeological sites. Its cultural importance throughout the world is evident and has led to its consideration as a common heritage of humankind, therefore deserving protection and conservation by the international community. In 2011, over 10% of the World Heritage properties incorporated earthen structures. The availability and economic quality of the material mean it bears great potential to contribute to poverty alleviation and sustainable development.” World Heritage Programme on Earthen Architecture (WHEAP)
Permaculture is an approach to living based on the patterns we observe in nature. Natural systems provide for their own energy needs and recycle their own waste. It is the harmonious integration of landscaping, organic farming, housing and facilities. It minimises waste and maximises the recycling and conservation of natural resources. Permaculture empowers people to provide food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.
“It weaves together climate, plants, animals, building design, soil, water, energy management and society systems.” Bill Mollison, a founder of Permaculture
Biodynamic Farming approaches the science and art of growing food in an essentially holistic way, starting with the premise that all life is the interface between earthly matter and spiritual forces. These living etheric forces can be best harnessed by utilising Preparations made from combining the qualities of herbs and animal organs to enhance the living quality of soil. This dramatically increases soil fertility and heals damaged soil. This practice, in combination with the recognition of the cosmic influences of the planets and stars and the rotation of crops, ensures the optimal growth and nutritive quality of crops and fodder.