#permaculture projects can create environmental healing at a rapid pace when enough people are invested in their success:
I recently met permaculture author and seed saving advocate Jude Fanton and it was such a happy shock I burst into tears! Have you ever unexpectedly met an author who has changed your life in some way?
Paul Stamets wrote:
Thrilled to be recognized among Reader's Digest's 10 environmental heroes dedicated to saving the planet! Grateful to be part of this inspiring group. Thank you for the honor! We all must work together. All hands on deck!"
#fungi #mushrooms #permaculture
Are you interested in participating in a #solarpunk #TTRPG with #furry characters and a #city shaped by concepts from #permaculture and #anarchocommunism? The characters will work within various organizations to shape life in the city. The rules of the game are mostly qualitative with some light mechanics. The game has been playtested but is still in early development. Communication will be text based, via Matrix. Comment or DM if you want to playtest or help develop, I can share game docs.
@appassionato Lasagne gardens are helpful in areas with rock hard soils that have been compacted by machines. But they're not permaculture, which attempts to restore land and waterways to what nature creates when left alone, using multistory plantings (i.e. vines and groundcovers, bushes, trees, overstory trees, etc.) It's ok to have a small kitchen garden AND also have the multilayered plantings and recreation of waterways elsewhere, but this book cover doesn't show that. #permaculture
It is a great pleasure to be in partnership with the Agroecology works! network. We are integrated with the Platform and hope to increasingly contribute to the dissemination of Agroecology initiatives in Switzerland
On the Agroecology Map: https://agroecologymap.org/contributors/agroecology-works
Take a look at https://www.agroecologyworks.ch/de/agroecology-map
Andrew Millison accompanies the organization Planet Wild to visit the excellent work of Trees for the Future. This remarkable project holds the promise of combating desertification, providing livelihoods, and nurturing the environment. At its core, this initiative revolves around the creation of lush food forests that transform land into thriving ecosystems.
#SolarPunk #OWGF #Senegal #Regeneration #Permaculture #OurWonderfulGreenFuture #ClimateAction
We've added another data layer to the Agroecology Map. The layer brings data from our friends at the Collaborative Permaculture Map of the Philippines project.
Check it out at https://agroecologymap.org/
And learn about (and participate in) this initiative in the Philippines http://permacultureresearchph.blogspot.com/
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What AP didn't say:
"Wolverines range widely, up to 15 mi / day, & need lots of habitat. Home range can vary from 100 to 600 sq mi. They live primarily at high altitudes with alpine vegetation, but can venture to lower elevations."
We need to grow complex forest and grassland mixes with wetland-speckled landscapes again for all the wildlife, for all the watersheds
Especially in the endless wastelands of cornsoycornsoycornsoycowpigchickenfactories,
which are a blight on the earth. A wound, a poison, a defilement, a pox, a pollution, a malignancy, a corruption, a pestilence, an infection, a plague.
We can do MUCH better.
MIgardener: Even In Winter We Grow Our Own Salad Mix! Here’s What We’re Growing! https://www.allforgardening.com/689383/migardener-even-in-winter-we-grow-our-own-salad-mix-heres-what-were-growing/
1/ "Sobering yet hopeful, ‘Common Ground’ exposes the toxic interconnections of American #farming policy, #politics, & #health, by sharing stories of destruction & healing across the United States & beyond, & how regenerative agriculture & #soil health plays a vitally important role in changing these systems for the better. At it's root, it explores how people from different walks of life, different political backgrounds, & different places share one thing in common – the very soil beneath their feet."
Grow Your Own Produce is a 10 class monthly series taught by #permaculture expert Marisha Auerbach. Each class features seasonally-relevant information about planning, growing, maintaining, and harvesting food from your own vegetable #garden. 2024 will be the 11th year of the workshop series.
2012 Report of IPD
As Australians, we started this! Now it's International! Check out all that was achieved in 2012!
Dear Permie Friends,
Happy New Year! Thank you for supporting International Permaculture Day (IPD) in 2012.
Our first global day of permaculture on the 6th May 2012 was a huge, unqualified success and included more than 12
@appassionato I just mentioned a bunch of them in this thread: https://sfba.social/@email@example.com/111471900717463741
You can see a list of 122 #permaculture #books at https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/12585.The_Best_Permaculture_Books_Ever
Cross-pollinating: the folks at Ecology Action have been working on their GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Sustainable Mini-Farming system for over 50 years.
A complete diet, regenerative, soil-building, on five acres per adult. The key points are:
- Double-Dug, Raised Beds
- Intensive Planting
- Companion Planting
- Carbon Farming
- Calorie Farming
- The Use of Open-Pollinated Seeds
- A Whole-System Farming Method
Desert Winter 11-26
Welcome, winter! Welcome, crisp pink mornings and cerulean full-moon evenings by bonfires dug into the sand, burning away the year's resolutions and warming bare blue feet.
Welcome, winter! Welcome openness and all day outside, coming in red-nosed and panting.
High desert winters are harsh and yet somehow mild, with biting dry winds and freezing nights, but tolerable chilly days and not much snow. We're around 2000ft above sea level, so we don't have quite as harsh a season coming as those who are higher up in the valley.
The climate here is tricky: it's dry, with a moderate growing season, but the extremes of summer & winter make it a little tricky to choose crops & sustainable shade trees that can survive both the extreme heat and the severe cold. Many species that are touted as being "drought tolerant" and that are popular are unlikely to make it through the freezing nights and occasional frosts. Succulents and cacti are included in this: I've noticed that once the liquid in their pads freeze they're unlikely to survive. It'll be interesting to see how our agave, aloe, and nopales do this winter now that they've had a few months to establish themselves. I know that they're possible to grow, because there are many, many homes here that have enormous specimens of all three. So I'm optimistic, we'll just have to see how it goes.
Last year, wild things began to sprout in October, including a wild species of lily, wheat and other grasses, and a kind of daisy. This year, with significantly less rain, I haven't seen a single lily shoot or a single daisy flower, and the wheat that began to optimistically poke its head out after the single August storm has stayed brown. There's an urgency here, amplified in my mind by the tourist hype: off-roaders will be making noise and carving up topsoil for the next month or so en masse, and camper vans and Subarus have taken over nearby Joshua Tree, making the most of camping reservations they made last year and milder temperatures in the park for bouldering and hiking. Some visitors come with respect for the delicate altered ecosystem, many with the misconception that this land, if left alone, will itself save desert tortoises and chollas, and spring forth abundance. Some come with the misconception that this land is useless, and all it's good for is spewing gasoline and destroying native grasses with rubber tires.
This winter will be full of making plans as we weather the weather and the influx of visitors. We have a plan to try to buy some vacant land nearby to expand our regeneration efforts, and in the spring hope to (finally, we hoped to this year but weren't ready) introduce ruminants and poultry to help manage our existing property.
I recently watched a video of Cedar Springs Ranch in the high desert of Western Colorado, and the owner said something along the lines of *us* needing to become the animals that once managed this land. Settlers eliminated the bison & buffalo that trampled grasses, grazed & spread manure, and the beaver that once dammed streams and slowed down water. So we must be the bison, we must be the beaver. Through holistic management of livestock and thoughtful earthwork, we can coax life back here while maintaining the existing ecosystem.
So, anyways, this is a long, rambling update/rumination as the seasons change and my mind is full of considerations, possibility, and energy to work through cooler days.
@levampyre @GhostOnTheHalfShell I've been a permaculturist since 1978 and promoting it about it for more than 40 years (a professional designer / teacher for 25). Those who say you cant call yourself a '#permaculture gardener' are lying or have been misinformed. You are absolutely free to share what you learn independently of a PDC.
IF you start charging for design work, and make a huge costly mess for someone, that's another story. We prefer that people receive the foundation training AND advanced training AND a few years of practice BEFORE hanging out a shingle.
Mollison was the (still beloved) idiot who brought the trademark BS into the picture and he received a lot of flack about it. I hope this clears up your misunderstanding. By all means spread what you learn to as many people as possible, AND if you want a design career then get yourself thoroughly trained so that you don't get sued by a client who gets seriously litigious if you fuck up. Does this address your concerns?
Kid4 and I went to the local community garden this morning as they were having a permaculture day. Such a great place. It combines everything I love: a welcoming community atmosphere, and edible plants. Bought an elderflower and some basil, and they gave Kid4 a little packet of Anasazi sweet corn, which we plan to sow next week.
As I was talking to a colleague (he runs the group but also does literary stuff around town so we often bump into one another), one of the flowers from the elderflower blew off my plant and into his hair. I didn't mention it, just thought it was quite delightful that he would be walking around for the next little while with a tiny white flower in his hair.
Our sea has such a profound influence on our connection to our Island of Rubha Phoil on Skye.
• We share our sea with whales, dolphins, seals, otters and dozens and dozens of beautiful species of birds
• The wildlife under the surface of the sea too is super rich.
Our sea is among some of the main things we love and depend on as an Island culture.
Now imagine there was huge volumes of traffic being shipped in and out through these waters.
• Ecosystems will be disrupted
• Wildlife would decrease
• Pollution would increase
The things that make our Island such an attractive location are the very things that will be destroyed as a result.
We need to come together and create a network.
A network that can create a more sustainable model where…
are all at the forefront of our tourism industry
Join our the network. Connect with us.
They are a means to achieve an end IF all the factors & extremes are considered fully. #Earthworks are powerful techniques that require adequate hydrological comprehension & observation of patterns & cycles of a particular landscape.
#Permaculture design courses are a foundation for further learning. Build / learn carefully so your 'walls & roof' don't fall down around you.
There may still be a place in your system where linear ponds (longer, deeper 'swales') might be just the ticket (depending...)
More data required.
@makeinplace Polycultures are ancient ways of interplanting many species (not just 3 plants & not just plants). In Mexico they were called #milpas (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milpa).
#Permaculture systems are #polycultures, mixing many #plants together for mutual benefit, habitat, food & medicine for humans, & resistance to climate extremes.
E.g., we introduced more than 250 species into our home system, so far.
Coastal polycultures are definitely doable (indigenous Hawaiians did them for centuries until haoles [white people] came along & wrecked them).
"Native Hawaiians developed systems of #aquaculture (loko i‘a), irrigated terraces for planting (lo‘i), & other forms of food cultivation situated in a land division system known as an ahupua‘a, a form of land division that extends from the mountain to the sea to ensure access to natural resources needed for daily living. This system reinforced the relationship Native Hawaiians have to their ‘āina (land) & its cultivation."
I'm looking for examples of companion planting using #nativespecies for #foodsystems and #ecological #restoration. The Three Sisters method of growing corn, beans, and squash together is an example from #indigenous North America. Are there other regional examples of native plants that can be grown together for mutual benefit? What about sea vegetables in #coastal settings?
@GhostOnTheHalfShell Many people think #permaculture is a kind or style of #gardening. In reality, it is a system of design, which can be applied to all the places people live; rural, urban, desert, forest, or the ocean's edge. Solar punk borrows freely from its general concepts and techniques. Permaculture also borrows from many traditional horticulture and social design practices from around the planet, but also addresses natural building, energy, climate and microclimate, adaptation to and prevention of fire and catastrophes, nutrition, soil, waste management, water management, and so much more.
A #permaculture colleague, Eric Toensmeier, wrote a book,
#Perennial #Vegetables: From Artichoke to Zuiki Taro, a Gardener's Guide to Over 100 Delicious, Easy-to-grow Edibles
Friend and now-deceased colleague, Toby Hemenway, wrote a few books about #permaculture. Here's one: Gaia's #Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture
@bezmiar Here's a directory I've maintained since 1980 of #permaculture designers, #landscapers, #growers in the Americas. https://www.permaculturedesignmagazine.com/directory
Been a while since the last PSA that we're running an #instance here at https://regenerate.social for practicioners and active researchers of #Regenerative methods like #NoTill, #NoDig, #HolisticGrazing, #RotationalGrazing, #Permaculture, #CulturalBurning, #CarbonFarming, #SustainableForestry, #Reforestation, and more!
Come on over if that's you!
Please boost so that other regen people can find us :)
1/ #WendellBerry wrote:
"There is, then, a politics of #food that, like any politics, involves our freedom. We still (sometimes) remember that we cannot be free if our minds and voices are controlled by someone else. But we have neglected to understand that we cannot be free if our food and its sources are controlled by someone else. The condition of the passive consumer of food is not a democratic condition. One reason to eat responsibly is to live free.
But if there is a food politics, there are also a food esthetics and a food ethics, neither of which is dissociated from politics. Like industrial sex, industrial eating has become a degraded, poor, and paltry thing. Our kitchens and other eating places more and more resemble filling stations, as our homes more and more resemble motels."
https://emergencemagazine.org/essay/the-pleasures-of-eating/ #permaculture #gardening
Some of my plants, today, in my small garden at home. I'm trying to implement permaculture principles to better understand the dynamics of nature in small spaces.
"#BlackFarmers are reasserting themselves in food cultivation and building on the practices of earlier generations."
#BlackMastodon #farming #permaculture
“This summer, the waffle garden brimmed with corn, squash, amaranth, chilies, several varieties of peas, carrots, tomatoes, and herbs, which was fed entirely by rainwater captured in cisterns and the waffle garden’s sunken beds. This catchment system has enabled Sandoval to reduce her dependence on the acequia, the centuries-old irrigation canals that are at risk of running dry.”
I discovered one last carrot in my raised vegetable bed. I thought the carrot season was over months ago, but here it was, healthy, crunchy, tasty.
We're going to have the first winter frosts soon, and then few vegetables will survive, though I'll still have lettuces in the greenhouse.
So good I'ma post it again.
> The Greenway is a blueprint for a next-generation bioshelter. Its eco-architecture includes housing, a close connection to outdoor agriculture, and recycling of food nutrients, designed at a community scale. It is a realizable vision of a sustainable habitat for humans on this planet.
the 'annuals plot' is tucked in for the season.
cover crop: blend of winter rye, annual rye, austrian winter pea, vetch
pathways: mix of various dried leaves picked up off of curbs. some maple, oak, cherry - a good diverse blend.
the blend of carbon and "green manure" should give us a good biologically amped kick start come spring.
"The Little #Owl is one of the cutest birds you’ll ever see. And right now, it’s critically endangered due to intensive land use and #habitat destruction. In many regions, it has already gone extinct. We partnered with two #rewilding pioneers who have found a way to bring them back - with the power of innovation and a plan that started 30 years ago."
Great short movie by Planet Wild about #tree planting and #biodiversity, this one focuses on forest gardens in #Senegal. It also briefly goes in what you need, and what's wrong with most tree planting efforts.
How Do You Buy Groceries When There’s No Grocery Store? These Communities Figured It Out
"When a new mobile grocery market launched in Wayne County, Pennsylvania, its first stop was Maple City Apartments, a 40-unit complex for low-income, elderly relatives. Maple City’s residents have felt the region’s lack of grocery stores acutely. The nearest full-service grocery store is at least five miles away, which leaves few options for people who don’t have access to a car or good public #transit. But the County’s residents can now buy groceries from a #FarmersMarket on wheels." https://ilsr.org/community-wins-how-do-you-buy-groceries-when-theres-no-grocery-store-these-communities-figured-it-out/
#permaculture, #AppropriateTechnology #food #FoodDeserts
Did you know that the Agroecology Map and One Million Voices of Agroecology platforms are integrated? Take a look
We are very happy to announce that the citizen science and open data platform One Million Voices of Agroecology has been listed on the EU-Citizen.Science Platform.
EU-Citizen.Science is an online platform for sharing knowledge, tools, training and resources for citizen science – by the community, for the community.
Take a look at https://eu-citizen.science/project/451
#Permaculture Instructor #AndrewMillison visits a site in Oregon that has installed an extensive series of masterfully built #ponds that have renewed the #water supply in a dry valley.
Tabula Rasa Farms, the Ground's founding regenerative farm, spans 440 acres and is home to over 80 cattle, 75 pigs, 1,000 chickens, 500 ducks, 200 turkeys, and many vegetable crops. Over time, Brenda and her husband, Frank, have begun other enterprises—a farm store for farm-to-table sales, a bed and breakfast immersed within the farm, a restaurant serving farm-fresh food, and others. The Ground is fundamentally about connecting people to their food, their planet, and each other."
Hello! I made social.coop my new Fediverse home. I already followed some folks here, looking forward to get to know others!
My name is Gabriel and I am from Costa Rica. I currently live in Spain.
I write #software for a living and for fun. I have other interests, such as #plants and #ecology, playing #music, reading #philosophy and #socialscience, and practicing #permaculture, #agroforestry, and #simpleliving.
"Maybe the time has come to become magnificent human beings by finding our place in the web of life? This may be thought about as a #rewilding adventure, moving beyond the domestication of the Machine. Rewilding means getting closer to life, tending to the relationships that keeps us alive. In a society that has lost this practice and capacity, food is a good place to start.
Any system which assumes control over basic needs may slip into authoritarianism – by whatever color. If there are no options, if we are utterly dependent on something or someone for our survival, we loose our sovereignty and become domesticated. We may allow the most horrible violations of our own dignity, & the dignity of others." https://pellathiel.substack.com/p/landscapes-calling-for-their-people?r=c964p
"... What seems cheap is not cheap at all, it is just that the cost is outsourced somewhere else. Often to someone far away in space or time. The Machine of an industrial growth society is rapidly devouring the planet.
"A food system that is increasingly disconnected from #ecosystems is increasingly more dependent on the Machine – which is dependent on a finite subsidy of ancient sunlight, refined & concentrated into #FossilFuels over millions of years. The food system has been replacing human work with global supply chains of fertilisers, pesticides, & machinery as well as increased ownership by huge corporations, rendering it vulnerable as peak everything is approaching." https://youtu.be/NVeCw-Ljenk #permaculture
"What we might call modernity, civilization, or the “world made by humans” is a layer built on top of fundamental prerequisites like air, #water, materials, and life. Humans cannot exist in ecological isolation. Our context is unfathomably deep in time & in biodiversity. The hierarchy is crystal clear: humans require ecological health rather than the reverse. This means all our constructs, which do not exist without us, cannot exist without a functioning #ecology.
The globally-dominant culture preaches the opposite hierarchy, either out of ignorance or arrogance: that humans & our constructs are of primary concern—the rest being incidental background noise. For the human supremacist (most people in our culture, unknowingly), biophysical considerations only enter in the context of #energy, materials, extraction, exploitation, & in short, market value.
Let’s be clear: the culture has it terribly wrong." https://www.resilience.org/stories/2023-11-08/nothing-without-bugs/ #permaculture #insects
"#Trees are an important, stable source of food for #bees and other #pollinators providing thousands of flower heads all in one place. Love trees and bees? Here you'll find five lists of trees for bees 1. Trees for Bees that also provide fruit or nuts 2. Nitrogen Fixing Trees for Bees 3. Ornamental Trees for Bees 4. Master list including all of the above in alphabetical order (including USDA hardiness for each species) 5. Master list including all of the above in order that trees flower." https://balkanecologyproject.blogspot.com/2017/02/trees-for-bees.html #permaculture
Love that I'm in there, and very happy to be on the rational side - I'm happy to own my inner nerd. And half along the intensive-high yielding/natural-self maintaining axis - the sweet spot! Image is from RetroSuburbia by David Holmgren- extract, illustration by Brenna Quinlan, posted to FB. #permaculture
Pinning by way of an #Introduction
We know we need to eat real food, but how do we make this happen? @hodmedods is leading the way in linking farmers to people to make the best of the land.
3/ Palestinian farmers use #permaculture to challenge occupation (2009) https://electronicintifada.net/content/palestinian-farmers-use-permaculture-challenge-occupation/8275
2/ I don't know if they still exist. https://ps.boell.org/en/2021/06/05/marda-permaculture-farm
1/ Genuine, homegrown American / USAnian #apartheid. Now in its 60th year (#Cuba, ICYDK) & what a coincidence, Israel's Gov.is ALSO pro-'economic warfare'.
(Creating the "need" for bomb$$$$$$...and baricade$$$$$$.🐍 )
187 to 2 to...1 busy.
(Who wrote the shitty script for this reality? I'd like a few words.)
In a #garden, on a #ecosystem #restoration project, one can participate in growing different realities. Tough to do with #bombs falling.
Does the "international-military-industrial-chem-agri-pharma" complex really see war as a solution to our multitude of predicaments?
What a planet!
(Some times I can be very pro-asteroid.) (meanwhile, 11 years ago, in #Palestine, #permaculture systems were being cultivated.
@hannu_ikonen “The ultimate end to a growth economy is the same as an analogous growth: cancer. But for national economies, the victims are nature, soils, forests, people, water, and quality of life. There is one, and only one, solution, and we have almost no time to try it. We must turn all our resources to repairing the natural world, and train all our young people to help. They want to. We need to give them this last chance to create forests, soils, clean waters, clean energies, secure communities, stable regions, and to know how to do it from hands-on experience.”
– Bill Mollison (sometime in the '80s)
#permaculture #cancer #degrowth
There's a LOT of useful data in this story with life-saving videos & links. Consider it a study assignment.
Some of it we cover in the #Permaculture Design Course, so it may be familiar. There's much here we don't cover though & it's worth a look.
"Let's face it, we're going to run out of #water. Scientists from practically every field have been predicting it for years. Global demand for water will outgrow our supply by 40% before the end of the decade. By 2050 or sooner, 5 billion people will face water #shortages.
It's already happening in some places.
My family got a little taste of the future last year when our water line broke. We went without running water for a week. Fortunately, we had enough stored water to get us through. It still wasn't easy.
Most Americans never think about where their water comes from. They use 2-3 times as much as the rest of the world, mostly on things like laundry & lawn care. They just assume it'll always be there.
What if it's not?" https://www.okdoomer.io/how-to-prepare-for-water-shortages/
Went #hiking today and went to my favorite American persimmon tree and it’s dying! 😭 The bark is falling off, the main trunk is broken near the top, and the fruits are really tiny! It might just be old judging by the size of its trunk.
The other wild tree had loads so I finished collecting seeds for the food security project. But I will need to ask if ppl still want the Diospyros seeds.
"Combining the practices of #syntropic #agroforestry with the principles of #permaculture and their own deeply thoughtful approach to land #regeneration, #food growing, and lifestyle, this family is partnering with nature to create a humming diversity on the land and a positive story about the role of humans in an #eco-system." https://happenfilms.com/film/the-food-forest-farmers
Lost Forest Gardens of Europe
"In the hills above the Po river in N Italy, there are a handful of #farms that look almost the same today as they would have 3000 years ago.
There are rows of short pruned trees, with fruit-laden grape vines festooned between them. The trees are common natives that produce #fruit, firewood, #basketmaking materials, & #fodder for farm animals. The grapes are ancient cultivars that have been grown for millennia. Between rows of grapes & trees are diverse plots of cereals, hayfields, vegetables, & herbs. In a single field, one can find all of the staples needed to live & support the farmstead. This is a resilient system modeled on a #forest. Unlike monocultures of grapes or grain, diversity is the strength here. Disease outbreaks & unseasonable weather have a limited impact. If one crop has a bad year, there are a dozen others to pick up the slack. Designed to last millennia & that is what they have done." https://www.shelterwoodforestfarm.com/blog/the-lost-forest-gardens-of-europe#The-Continent-Wide-Orchard #permaculture #agroforestry