A backyard permaculture garden
The National Water Center is sponsoring a three day Aqua-Terra Water Festival at the Basin Park Hotel in Eureka Springs, on November 9th-11th.
Cassville area farmer Charlie Phaneur is a featured speaker and will discuss his experiences applying Permaculture principles and designs to his operation. Permaculture is the application of ideas that develops sustainable architecture, regenerative and self -maintained habitat and agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems. The word "permaculture" originally referred to "permanent agriculture" but was expanded to stand also for "permanent culture," which was inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka's natural farming philosophy. Fukuoka is the author of such widely read books as The One Straw Revolution and other titles on natural and organic farming.
The National Water Center strives to look at water with the broadest ideas of ecological balance and harmony. Located in the Ozarks bio-region, the National Water Center has for three decades cultivated and articulated a clean water practice based upon appropriate technology and personal responsibility. We seek to understand the fundamentals of water, the essence of water, the spirit of water. Hydrology, water resource management, waste water and water treatment technologies have all been researched and archived at the Water Center. Area resident Dr. Lisa Wipplinger is the Center's Executive Director.
This is the first of what is a proposed annual conference. The public is invited.