Geoff Lawton

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Geoff Lawton
Geoff Lawton 1.jpg
Lawton, 2009
Born England
Residence Australia
Citizenship Australia
Fields Permaculture, Agriculture

Geoff Lawton is a permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. He holds a certificate in permaculture design given by the founder of the permaculture design science, Bill Mollison. Since 1995 he has specialized in permaculture education, design, implementation, system establishment, administration and community development.[1]

In 1996 he was accredited with the Permaculture Community Services Award by the permaculture movement for services in Australia and around the world.

Since 1985, Lawton has undertaken a large number of jobs consulting, designing, teaching and implementing in over thirty countries around the world.[2] Clients have included private individuals, groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, non-governmental organizations and multinational companies.[3]

Lawton's aim is to establish self-replicating educational demonstration sites. He has currently educated over 6,000 students in permaculture worldwide. Lawton's 'master plan' is to see aid projects being replicated as fast as possible to help ameliorate the growing food and water crisis.

Lawton is good friends with John Dennis Liu, a Chinese American film-maker and ecologist who documented large scale ecological recovery in the Loess plateau, China after a government project set to rehabilitate an area the size of Belgium. Lawton appears in Liu's documentry Hope In a Changing Climate.[4]

Permaculture Research Institute[edit]

In October 1997 Bill Mollison, upon his retirement, asked Geoff to establish and direct a new permaculture research institute on the 147-acre (0.59 km2) Tagari Farm. Lawton developed the site over a period of three years and established The Permaculture Research Institute as a global networking centre for permaculture projects. The institute is a non-profit company limited by guarantee. It is currently located at Zaytuna Farm at The Channon in Northern NSW, Australia where Lawton is managing director.

The institute has since founded PRI USA, which is a registered charity - a tax-exempt organization under §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Other permaculture research institutes that have been launched or are in the process of being launched include: PRI Jordan, PRI Canada, PRI Chile, PRI Turkey and PRI Afghanistan.

Works[edit]

  • Brick & Tile Permaculture, Permaculture International Journal
  • The Sleeping Jaguar (co-author), Permaculture International Journal
  • Ecuador (co-author), Permaculture International Journal
  • Permaculture Aid in the Balkans, Permaculture International Journal
  • Future Food Security, Green Connections

Films[edit]

Harvesting Water the Permaculture Way (2007) Establishing a Food Forest (2008) Introduction to Permaculture Design (2009) Permaculture Soils (2010) Urban Permaculture (2011)

Since 2013, Geoff Lawton has been releasing one free video on a particular permaculture topic or technique on the Geoff Lawton website each Friday through a portion of each year.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://permaculture.org.au/?p=241
  2. ^ http://www.tagari.com/?p=245
  3. ^ http://www.portlandpeakoil.org/content/film-geoff-lawtons-dvd-establishing-food-forest
  4. ^ http://www.open.edu/openlearn/whats-on/ou-on-the-bbc-hope-changing-climate-0

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