Does the idea of getting fresh, nutritious food right out in front of you kitchen door sound like a good idea in these turbulent times? A growing movement to reclaim, restore, and re-localize our relationship to food is happening all around us, and you can participate by re-thinking what you do with the under-utilized space outside of your home.
The manicured, grassed, perennially green American lawn is a symbol of a passing era when people had little understanding of how the developing industrialized food system could do them harm by overuse of pesticides, anti-biotics and herbicides, by depletion the soil, and by genetic modification of food crops. Rather than acquiescing to the health tyranny of modern food production, today’s forward-thinking citizens and rebels are re-developing the model for the American lawn, and bringing forth a new kind of revolution… an edible one.
Permaculture design science teaches us to provide for all of our nutritional needs in a way that is beneficial to the environment and re-energizing to communities. It is feasible in all parts of the world, whether you own land, rent, or whether you just have access to land. It is the cutting edge of agriculture because it can be done commercially and also by individuals with small spaces to work with, and there is no limit to the beneficial application of these principles.
Making the transition from boring lawn to personal food forest can be rather daunting and complicated, but, there is an abundance of resources available to learn the basics and the details of this system.
To help you wrap your head around personal permaculture, here is a very straight-forward, 33 practical, down-home, head-ache saving tips, from Hatchet & Seed Contracting of Victoria, BC, Canada. It is geared for the climate of the Pacific Northwest, however, this understandable overview of the principles and steps involved is a great starting point for all.
All over America and the world right now we are witnessing an explosion in the resurgence of natural, simple and local food systems and it is easier than ever before to take part in this budding revolution. Please enjoy this guide and put it to good use in creating a more bountiful future.
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