Is Permaculture Finally Becoming Permanent?
by Amy Lignor
Permaculture projects have been done across the globe for some time now. Good food is produced, the “green” lifestyle is being lived, yet some places looked more than a little bit messy. As the years have progressed, however, the permaculture “fad” has caught on in many countries and the mess is far less. The kinks in the original “idea” have been found, worked on, updated, and the projects have grown in size, stature and become a way of life others want.
One such project is located in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. Owned by one, Andrew Martin, this stunning farm offers a vegetable garden, food forest and wildlife habitats that all produce effectively and are literally changing the scene and showing how permaculture can better lives.
There are a great many people who want to start gardens – start small and then grow from there – yet they find that to be too daunting of a project to take on. Permaculture activists have made huge claims about how food forests feed the world; however, when looking at the areas hardest hit by drought conditions or famine, permaculture projects do not exist there. That is no longer the issue.
An Australian permaculture enthusiast by the name of Geoff Lawton has been working diligently to fix these situations by developing demo projects specifically designed for dry conditions or desert environments. A demo site in the Dead Sea Valley of Jordan is a one acre plot where Mr. Lawton and a crew of both interns and volunteers are creating a food forest, education center and experimental permaculture project. Everything is being used to show that permaculture can be successful in all types of weather conditions; chicken tractors, recycled gray water, foraging ducks, and the list goes on. Available water and nutrients are being conserved and soil is being transformed from dry and basically useless land to fertile soil. They are also creating cooling micro-climates that protect the frailest crops from withering in the desert heat.
Just recently the BBC did a show focused on food forests, showing this practice that’s becoming permanent, where edible landscapes are being “created” that absolutely work like “all natural” landscapes in the regular forest or woodland areas.
All different types of “ideas” are being created around the world now. Think of it…a self-sustaining area that, even though there are issues where it cannot grow on its own, are being created manually with ground cover consisting of wildflowers and mint, shade-tolerant fruit, and more. There are even smaller projects that prove you can make your own small backyard into a garden that is absolutely 100% productive when it comes to living and eating.
From the smallest to the biggest: In Davis, California, the “idea” to create a suburb that is perfectly designed to function with its surroundings, has absolutely worked. Village Homes sports passive solar housing by using neighborhood fruit orchards, chicken coops and beehives in conjunction with a carefully designed system of swales (these are intended to allow all rainwater to soak into the ground). Seventy acres, over two hundred homes, this successful project is more than clean and highly productive when it comes to living “off” the land.
With this particular project doing so well, and the work that is progressing around the globe, regardless of weather conditions, shows that permaculture living is definitely a “green” idea that has caught on and is worth its weight in gold.
Source: Baret News