Permaculture design is being used across the globe to provide more abundance for people in the form of food, seeds, savings, trees, water conservation, water catchment, energy conservation, energy generation, richer soils, higher nutritional density of foods, passively heated and cooled homes, clean burning wood stoves, more community connection and stability, and more self-reliance. Developed from the words “permanent agriculture”, permaculture focuses on long term plantings, not just annual crops, and the connections between all life. Everything serves a purpose, and the best designs have every element serve more than one purpose. [Read more…] about Permaculture Design Elements – 3 Keys You Need to Know
Our homestead permaculture project officially began this spring. I've been nibbling at the edges of the idea for some some now, primarily since reading Restoration Agriculture: Real World Permaculture for Farmers.
I've always liked the idea of working with nature instead of battling against it, and Mark Shephard's comment (in Restoration Agriculture) that we really need to “stop trying to grow things that don’t want to grow and killing things that do want to grow” really struck a cord with me. When we were stuck in limbo not knowing if we were going to have to sell this place or not because August couldn't get a job closer to home (more on that on the About page), it didn't make sense to invest in long term plantings. [Read more…] about Homestead Permaculture Project – Site Overview