I recently took a class at McDonald Farm with my gardening pal Sue about permaculture. To say that we were inspired was an understatement. With California's severe drought and the environment shifting, permaculture is changing the way we think about growing food and our relationship with the environment.
PERMACULTURE....Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive systems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of the landscape with people providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.
Here we are standing in front of a garden that was created to handle excess runoff water from the farm. The water used for cleaning farm equipment and washing crops would just spill out into the field causing major erosion issues.
Now the water has been routed into a little creek where it feeds a natural forest garden full of fruit trees and edible perennials. Nothing is wasted.
Below is a diagram of a small garden formed around a fruit tree that can be used for a residential garden. A fruit tree planted with several layers of plants that not only help pollinate the tree but create a perennial garden full of low maintenance edibles.
Currently the folks here at the farm are working on creating gardens such as these at local shelters and schools.
*Provides fresh local food to the community
*Demonstrates a commitment to food security and ecological restoration
*reduces or eliminates lawn maintenance costs
*Creates a community park
*Serves as an outdoor classroom or educational resource
*Connects people to food and nature
*Inspires the growth of individual edible forest gardens
It was an unbelievable day at the farm to begin to think about what is possible and what is already taking place around the world. A movement is happening!
Won't you join in?
Happy gardening my friends I will be around soon to check in with you all!