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Neal Spackman

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  • Joined: 04/03/2011
  • Last Updated: 03/05/2011
  • Location: Jeddah, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
  • Climate Zone: Arid
  • Gender: Male
  • Web site: www.albaydha.org



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    ecoart farm Permaculture Egypt Zumot (Re)Forestation Project Saudi Farms Permaculture Aquaculture

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About Neal Spackman

I grew up in Minnesota, born to Southern Alberta folks.

My introduction to permaculture came through interests in design efficiency--the first book that got me into the ideas was "Natural Capitalism" by Amory Lovins and Paul Hawken. From there it was "Cradle to Cradle," then books about sustainable building design, with interests in earthbag, cob, and strawbale building.

I'm currently managing a 700 square kilometer project south of Makkah in Saudi Arabia. We hope to have our 28 hectare demonstration site well-established by 2013, and a wide-scale implementation well on its way by 2016. Our project includes flash-flood control and harvesting, reforestation of a desert, desert agriculture, sustainable building, solar energy, aquifer replenishment, public health and education initiatives, and in the end we hope to build an off-grid sustainable village populated by settled Bedou who will have learned all these systems.

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Crop per Drop & Species Selection

Evaluating the species to plant based on a water budget.

Posted 6 months ago (0 comments)

Finally some more rain!

After 3 years with no rain, we finally got a second test of our water system. Here's some footage of a new check dam, with one rainfall worth of silt and grass starting to grow.

Posted 9 months ago (2 comments)

Hitting Two Birds With One Stone

Building a 5 meter earthbag dome to teach building skills and house pigeons.

Posted over 2 years ago (1 comments)

Puff Adders Welcome!

One baby venemous snake in the hand means there are probably 100 more in the bush...

Posted over 2 years ago (2 comments)

The Gates Are Up

Even a Door Can Have Stacked Functions

Posted almost 3 years ago (0 comments)

The first A/C fed garden in Al Baydha

air conditioner condensate dripping straight into a garden--no soil amendments, no mulch, no digging--rudimentary but it's working.

Posted almost 3 years ago (0 comments)

Early batches of our papercrete mortar

A 60-20-20 mix of used paper, cement, and fine sand for blockmaking and mortar.

Posted almost 3 years ago (0 comments)

Removing our earthbag arch form

The day of a big test for our building system, and for our workers who have put 3 months of effort into this, just on the faith that I told them it would stand...

Posted about 3 years ago (0 comments)

The Fence is Done

3.5 kilometers of stonework and razor wire to keep out camels, goats, and sheep.

Posted about 3 years ago (0 comments)

Biomimicry and Creating New River Systems in the Desert

A low-tech system of flood control that handles the shocks of arid mountain climates and makes the water available for use year-round.

Posted over 3 years ago (1 comments)

Water System Part II: Evaporation and Um al Raka Dam

Dams are great at stopping flash floods but otherwise fail at storing the water.

Posted over 3 years ago (0 comments)

Al Baydha Project website officially live.

www.albaydha.org has left the building.

Posted over 3 years ago (0 comments)