Saturday, May 15, 2021

Virtual Lecture on Drones and Aerial Photography Conducted at Pampanga State Agricultural University

Last Friday, we were invited by the Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU) to talk about how we used the Ryze Tello drone for our research on permaculture. This was our first time to conduct a lecture on drones virtually. Hopefully this lecture will inspire more students and researchers to use drones for research. 

Watch the complete lecture here. View the presentation slides here.

The complete methodology can be downloaded here for free (Chapter 5, pp. 71-86).


Thursday, May 6, 2021

Virtual Lecture on Permaculture Design Conducted at the College of Human Ecology, UPLB


Wonderful lecture today on permaculture sa HUME 112: Sustainability Science class! Thanks to all the students and profs who attended. All the best to your sustainability projects. Thank you, Prof. Maria Emilinda T. Mendoza for inviting us!

Access the presentation here.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Scientific Poster on Permaculture Network wins Best Poster Award in 9th Annual Conference on Environmental Science


Permaculture has been around for quite some time now but we never really knew how many people are practicing this ecological design approach in the Philippines. We need numbers, we need data. It's important to have a baseline so we can measure how successful permaculture has been from being a fringe movement to one that will impact mainstream consciousness on sustainable and regenerative agriculture and ecosystem restoration. 

We're honored to be voted "Best Poster Presentation" in the recently concluded 9th Annual Conference on Environmental Science. We never really expected to draw such interest from people but it seems that permaculture is finding its place in the conversation of ecological restoration. 

We would like to dedicate this victory to all the permaculture practitioners out there doing their best to make this planet a better place to live in! 

Thank you to the University of the Philippines Los Banos School of Environmental Science and Management, Pampanga State Agricultural University - Formerly PAC, Philippine Environmental Science Association (PESA) for organizing this conference.

You can view the full poster here or on ResearchGate.




Sunday, April 11, 2021

Kybesoc's 1st Balitaktakan Series: Agriculture, Forestry, & Environmental Knowledge in Focus

 


Last Saturday, we were invited by the Kybernetes Society of the Southern Luzon State University (SLSU) to talk about permaculture. Our colleagues were also invited to talk about birds, geographic information systems, and weather and climate information tools for farmers. Many thanks to Kybesoc for the opportunity to share our research.

You can watch the full webinar here. Click here to view the presentation slides. 

Friday, April 2, 2021

First Publication for 2021 in Biodiversitas Journal of Biological Diversity, Vol. 22, No. 4



The structure of permaculture landscapes in the Philippines

View the full article here: Biodiversitas Journal of Biological Diversity 

Flores and Buot. 2021.The structure of permaculture landscapes in the Philippines  Biodiversitas Journal of Biological Diversity, 22(4):2032-2044. DOI: 10.13057/biodiv/d220452

Abstract. The structure of permaculture landscapes in the Philippines. Biodiversitas 22: 2032-2044. Biodiversity plays a crucial role in sustainable agriculture. Permaculture is a design philosophy that values this role as it consciously integrates diverse components into the farm landscape. The purpose of the study was to characterize the general structure of permaculture landscapes in the Philippines and identify the landscape components that comprise its farming systems. The research was conducted in 12 permaculture farms in 11 provinces in the Philippines in 2018. Aerial photography and farm inventory were employed for data collection. A crop diversity survey was conducted using a modified belt transect method with alternating 20 m2 plots within a 1 ha sampling area. Full enumeration of plant species in each plot was performed to determine species richness and samples were manually counted to compute for the Shannon-Wiener Diversity Index. Results of the study showed that permaculture landscapes were organized into six spatial zones: ‘house,’ ‘garden,’ ‘grazing,’ ‘cash crops,’ ‘food forest,’ and 'wilderness.' It was identified that each zone contained components belonging to six categories: abiotic, biotic, man-made structural, technological, socio-economic, and cultural. 'Biotic' results showed that all sites recorded high species richness (>20-65) with the highest found in Glinoga Organic Farm with 65. Aloha House in Palawan had the highest diversity with a score of 0.311. An analysis of the ratio of plant species per plant category showed that the vegetable/cereal crops dominated the landscape in 50% of sites. While 20% were characterized by tree/fruit-bearing crops. Perennial species were the most abundant in all sites with 75-95% of the total plant species. In conclusion, permaculture provided a design framework for restructuring our agricultural landscapes into diverse and productive ecosystems for human settlement and food production.

Virtual Lecture on Drones and Aerial Photography Conducted at Pampanga State Agricultural University

Last Friday, we were invited by the Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU) to talk about how we used the Ryze Tello drone for our re...