Extending Food security for your family
into your community
Permaculture design works on any size property or any space available. In cities and suburbs we can apply the same ethics, principles and applications as in broad landscapes. What is different is resource availability. In dense population centers, there are copious resources, often free, local and readily available, to help you build your sustainable lifestyle. Green Waste programs provide low or no cost mulch and composting systems to residents. Water and power agencies offer education, rebates for conservation efforts and even free trees.
Small urban properties have big potential to harvest a multitude of resources from nearby, allowing them to rapidly build fertility, abundance and security. And small properties can be managed much more effectively, intensifying production per square foot, increasing yield while decreasing overall input.
City dwellers can grow much of their fresh organic produce on household grey water and compost, with zero food miles. Plus you can produce nutrient dense superfoods and build soil while diverting hundreds of pounds of garbage from the landfill each year.
In the suburban front yard below, 12 fruit trees are watered with laundry to landscape greywater. The bamboo fence was harvested from a friend's bamboo stand that fell over in a wind storm. The mulch was free from the Los Angeles County compost and mulch program. This front yard gives enough fruit to share with neighbors all throughout the year. People and wildlife especially love our Washington Navel oranges, Nagami kumquats and our Mission figs. These trees are prolific givers and there is always enough abundance to share. In only 1500'² we can grow most of the food we need, if we want to. And we can inspire others to do the same.