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- Steve Whitman: Visions of a Permaculture Neighborhood
- John Kohler from Growing Your Greens showing a small space (1/4 acre) food forest in Houston, Texas.
- Jesse Lemieux of Pacific Permaculture explaining swales and water systems
- Bill Mollison- In grave danger of falling food.
- One Yard Revolution video about the benefits of perennial vegetables and herbs
- Shawn McEwen on Don’t let Monsanto patent the food supply (image)
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- food forest
- hanging garden
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- no till garden
- pest control
- rain garden
- raised bed
- Soil Improvement
- tower garden
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- Water management
John Kohler from Growing Your Greens showing a small space (1/4 acre) food forest in Houston, Texas.
People learning about Permaculture frequently get confused about what swales are and how they work. Mr. Lemieux does a great job of demonstrating water control with a dirt mound model.
If you are keeping chickens in a coop and run situation you have probably noticed that they make quick work of devouring every living green they can get their greedy little beaks on. The is one of the many reasons many people choose to free range or paddock shift their birds. As these are not always the best or even available options, here is a great method of creating a continuous supply of fresh greens growing where the birds can eat them without wiping them out. A similar feature will be added to my flocks home this spring.
Ok, that is a bit a of a dramatic title….but I am sure the fish would consider it to be catastrophic, since they are all dead. It turns out that the tank heater I had put in the tank couldn’t maintain temperature with back to back nights below 20°F. So it is back to the drawing board. In the mean time I will allow the fish to decompose in the tank as the tomatoes and peppers are still doing pretty well, although I don’t expect them to fully overwinter with the fish failing so early.
This is not the end of the experiment though. I have continued researching and found some interesting methods to passively control the temperature in green houses, as well as some technological ones.
Some of the options I am looking at are using earth bank ventilation, possibly a wofati type build, solar powered blowers (which will also save me from hand pollinating but are a bit of an expense), and possibly a rocket stove heater.
At any rate I still think a subtropical greenhouse can be done in a cost effective manner here in zone 5, but it is going to take some more research and finding some solutions.
Any ideas for me?
Jerome Osentowski talking about all the amazing things he does in his greehouses. Make your own climate and grow anything.
So I had a conversation with a friend today, and this gentleman owns 10 acres of land. He also has a fairly serious interest in Permaculture and self sufficiency. During our talk, I found that a lot of what he is finding online is pushing him away from Permaculture. Its not because of the idealism, it is because of the militant attitudes displayed by so many Permies towards fuel use, plastics, and even the slightest turning of the soil in planting.
Don’t get me wrong, I spent a large portion of our talk explaining the importance of not disturbing the soil and its biota, but I also spent a good deal of it discussing some of the things Geoff Lawton teaches about appropriate technology.
You see, while Permaculture as a whole does recognize one of two views on oil (being either we need to use less oil for pollution reasons or how peak oil isn’t going to give us an choice and we need to prepare, and usually both), it does not proscribe the use of it. Also, while we would prefer to use more replenish able materials in our construction, both Mollison and Lawton have repeatedly stated that it is more important that we move in the right direction and use the materials and resources that are readily available.
To go beyond just following their mantra, I will illustrate the reasoning by discussing the purpose of this site in particular. Urban Permaculture and convincing people in cities to produce more of their own food. Do to building codes, home owners associations, zoning laws, space and material availability; the best options for creating a food production system in the city frequently require a substantial amount of plastic to in their construction(greenhouses, aquaponics, hydroponics, pond liners, etc…). While this is not Permaculture as traditionally taught and is also not what we would choose if circumstances provided other avenues, it serves the greater goal in a variety of ways.
The first of these is something I have talked about before and makes a huge impact, reduction of food miles. Every single food item that is produced locally take thousands of miles off of an individuals dinner plate. Obviously as more and more people produce more and more of their own food, food transport from across the country or around the world will shrink dramatically.
The second is the learning curve. I do not know anyone who just all of the sudden became super Permie after watching a single video or reading one article or even a book. It is a process. Most people as they learn about organics and local food production and self sufficiency learn one aspect at a time and continue to develop over the years as they become more and more involved.
The third and last way I am going to go into today is it grows the movement. Whether everyone does things Wheaton’s way, Lawton’s way, Mollison’s way, Holzer’s way, Fukouka’s way, Spirko’s way, Mann’s way, Salatin’s way or anyone else’s, if they are learning about Permaculture and other more natural methods of producing food and living…then they are part of the solution and we need more of them.
So what do you say that we get off of our high horses about what is and what isn’t perfect Permaculture, and instead encourage and educate everyone we can get to hold still and listen.
Like Geoff Lawton likes to remind us, we don’t have time for anything else.