"All the world's problems can be solved in a garden", Geoff Lawton - Permaculture Teacher
Grow your own food, fiber and fuel
It is important to support local species. Gardening not only feeds us but supports wildlife. The animals, including insects, that come through our gardens bring gifts such as pollination services, pest control, soil cultivation and increased garden fertility. We can't live without them so make habitat for as many of them as you can with what ever space you have. Favor diversity to eliminate the need for chemicals and let nature can take care of pests.
Find out which local species in your area need habitat and provide it.
Learn about their preferred food and grow it for them.
My happiest and most fulfilling days are spent gardening with friends. I feel healthy, content, responsible and productive. On the contrary, when I realize an activity is contributing to climate change, habitat loss, species extinction and pollution, I feel unhappy, stressed and guilty. I think it is vital for the health and happiness of all people to garden and to share their skills and produce with community members. Because when we are producing natural products and stewarding the earth, we have less time to contribute to destructive activities both directly and indirectly.
Each day, do an hour of meaningful work that sequesters carbon
and reduces your dependance on fossil fuel.
Our basic needs such as food and shelter can be on a scale that we are able to manage with our own skills and personal resources. Working in our gardens ensures that we will always be able to support ourselves with meaningful returns. It really is possible to supply at least some of our own needs in very small spaces. Spend time developing your skills and stewarding your environment. Your garden will develop over the years and provide more of your needs every season.
Grow food to reduce dependance on outside sources.
It's easier than you think and is better for your health and the environment.
Living on realtime sunlight, cultivating soil, supporting bio diversity and respecting natural processes are essential in preserving life on our planet. Earth stewardship is a local community activity. Right where you live is where you can do the most to conserve resources and stop climate change by extending pockets for wild habitat on your property. In permaculture design, Zone 5 is left to wilderness. Find places on your site that you can leave wild for birds, insects and other animals to call home. Support them with a water source and plant species that feed and shelter them. Be a local earth steward and be of service to all in your community, ensuring a regenerative future.
Take control of local land for the local community.
Partner with life systems for long term prosperity.
Gardens can serve many functions for us. When we learn to stack functions and make connections, we see how many things run through and connect in the garden space. For instance, this indoor garden is more than productive and beautiful. It is also humidifying and cleaning indoor air. The large windows that let light in for the plants are also heating the interior of the house in winter. But in summer when the sun is higher in the sky and the indoor plants are taller, the heat is blocked and the house is cooled. The garden is watered by rainwater collection from the roof. These are just a few of the simple solutions we have with permaculture design to make our lives food, energy and water secure.