Geoff Lawton’s Zaytuna Farm Tour Video Provides a Peek into Paradise!

Aloha Friends!

By watching the video below, you can be with permaculture master Geoff Lawton as he leads us into the peaceful, abundant future we could all share on planet Earth!

In this must-see video, he shows how the inhabitants of Zaytuna Farm live in an abundant, peaceful, earthly paradise that they designed and created!

Not only has Geoff demonstrated once again how to work in harmony with plants and animals to create quick abundance for all, but he also shows the way to work collectively and peacefully with other human beings to complete the circle of abundance.

Some highlights in this video include:

  • harvest and save water  
  • Use gravity to irrigate slopes, create ponds, dams, and a rice-patty.
  • Use dribbler pipes and swivel pipes.
  • How they garden on a floating garden raft in a pond
  • How Muscovie Ducks add fertilizer to the water that flows to water the plants.
  • How Turkeys and Cattle enjoy life while adding benefits to the ecosystem.
  • Anaerobic bacteria releasing iron oxide on the surface of run-off water.
  • recycle and re-purpose old things for new uses
  • create quick kitchen gardens
  • fertilize naturally
  • live off-grid
  • Geoff’s perspective about “Designed-Disturbance”, which explains how sometimes permaculture design requires us to disturb the surface of the earth to direct and capture water
  • How chickens like to work as minor disturbers, helping create food forests and how they enclose chickens with fencing and move the chickens throughout the food forests.
  • See a favorite hand tool called a rice-knife that they use to cut, chop-and-drop.
  • See gardens, food forests, interns working,
  • See plant-nurseries, the children’s nursery, worm farms, composting systems.
  • See unusual yet wonderful crops that are easy to grow.
  • Hear how they disfavor plants they don’t want and favor the plants they do want.
  • See a fun, unscripted scene featuring Geoff’s dog Possum, who rounds up and captures a wayward chicken and waits for Geoff to come pick it up and put it back into the coop where it belongs!
  • Hear Geoff’s straightforward advice on how to choose land for your permaculture system.
  • Tips on earth works, using a cover crop of japanese millet and cow pea covers bare earth that was dug only two months earlier. 
  • Observe how the plants perform and respond to more and less fertile areas of the landscape.
  • He finishes by walking through a natural forest, where he loves to visit and observe.
  • Plus you get to enjoy Geoff’s pleasant personality throughout the video.

Check it out for yourself 🙂


Pigeon Peas – Nutritious food for chickens, turkeys, and people :)

People who grow food for people and animals will appreciate the many benefits of growing pigeon peas.

Pigeon Pea Flowers
Pigeon Pea Flowers

Many cultures love and grow this plant, but here in the USA, we don’t hear much about it.   We’re growing them here in Southern California and we love them so much that we want to share our enthusiasm about them with you.

We were introduced to pigeon peas on this permaculture site -which is clever and fun to read.  Rather than me trying to re-state all of the information, please check it out here and then come back for the rest of the story!

We ordered seeds on and planted them in May 2014, so they’re about 1 1/2 years old in our garden now.

We wondered how they would grow here in USDA Zone 10a/Sunset Western Garden zone 23.

Take a look… here they are just a few weeks after planting…

Pigeon Pea seedlings in May 2014 - when newly planted
Pigeon Pea seedlings in May 2014 – when newly planted

Grow they did – and grow some more – and they keep growing 1 1/2 years later.   It’s so pleasant and fun when something grows with such ease!

Pigeon Peas at 1 and 1/2 years old
Pigeon Peas at 1 and 1/2 years old
The Pigeon Peas are about 6 feet tall at 1 & 1/2 years old.
The Pigeon Peas are about 6 feet tall at 1 & 1/2 years old.
Here’s a shot of the pigeon pea pods – with a caterpillar crawling on them.  Butterflies love these plants, and so do bees and hummingbirds.
Butterfly on Pigeon Pea
Butterfly on Pigeon Pea

They’ve been producing pods prolifically.  All summer we picked baskets full every day.

This makes the turkeys very happy, because they love them so much!!!   It feels good to give them something freshly grown.

They’re delicious just eaten off the plant, and they make a great addition to a salad or they can be boiled in salted water and they come out like edamame (boiled soybeans you get in japanese restaurants as an appetizer).  They’re a great snack when served that way.  Other cultures serve them regularly with rice and in soups and stews too.  There are many recipes available.

As the weather began to cool down this fall, I noticed that the pea production slowed down, but stray pigeon peas plants had volunteered to grow where ever they had been dropped.  They grow with practically no effort.


A volunteer seedling sprouting under the oak tree, with no human care.

We saved some of seeds and planted a new hedge with them too – so when those start producing, we will have not only something unique, but enough to offer to the community.

The flowers a beautiful too – they are red when still closed, and open up into a bright yellow.


Here’s a shot of one small green pod opened up to show the peas.  They are delicious at this stage.  Once they mature and dry out, they have to be soaked to be eaten.  I think we’ve always eaten them fresh, but maybe soon we’ll make a pot of beans from the dried ones!


Younger Peas on Left, Older Peas on Right



Thank you for reading this post – we hope you enjoyed it!

– Aloha 🙂