I’ve returned to the Greening the Desert site in Jordan which is located 10km north of the Dead Sea, 6km east of the Jordanian-Palestinian border, and directly east of the West Bank. When we started this project, our aim was to set up a permaculture system of permanence, one that could be extended and replicated throughout the community.
This is Abla’s place and she lives across the road from the project site. Two years ago she took a permaculture course with us and then began transitioning her own property into the beautiful garden you see today. Many of you have already met Abla but if you haven’t, you might want to go back and have a look at two previous videos, “Permaculture is Greening the Desert”, Oct 2018 (https://youtu.be/ITph5GJoKbA) and “Permaculture in the Desert”, May 2019 (https://youtu.be/xNbk4xKNdzk).
In this video here, I take you on another tour of Abla’s property. We begin on her rooftop and from there you can clearly see what she started with, which was mostly rock and sand, and what she has now. It’s quite dramatically different. She is still producing a lot of her own food from fruits and dates to herbs, vegetables, and eggs but she’s also increasing her shade and, after a recent chop n’ drop, mulch is now plentiful. P.s. If you are not familiar with the term Chop n’ Drop then please watch this video, “The Forested Garden: What is a Food Forest?”, where the concept is explained in the full context of a food forest: https://youtu.be/hCJfSYZqZ0Y