Making Permaculture Permanent!
If you are into spreading the word about your Permaculture gardening adventures, be sure to condense the message so that your listeners can grab a few takeaways that will stick with them.
To that end, we have found an interesting piece that tries to do just that at the site UrbanFarmOnline.
Basically, the steps are Conserve Resources, Reuse Materials, and Hold Hands… err Build Interdependence. We were tempted to change that third item because the term ‘interdependence’ tends to bring questions like “You mean, like on the 4th of July??”
However, in the spirit of staying true to our sources, and educating the masses, the word “Interdependence” will have its day!
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“Permaculture isn’t the garden, though gardening is certainly part of the big picture,” says Mari Keating, permaculture practitioner. “It’s the integration of the many separate elements involved in creating a sustainable and non-exploitive homestead.”
Further your commitment to sustainability by beginning or expand these permaculture techniques to model nature, which is, after all, at the heart of what permaculture is all about.
1. Conserve Resources
Conservation is the root of many ecologically minded practices. Permaculture design often involves mapping the available resources, which may include water, space, people and materials, then estimating what uses are best for each existing resource and what resources can be generated with minimal input.
Conservation can start by changing small habits. Turn off lights when you leave a room and the water when you brush your teeth. Wash clothes in cold water and hang them to dry. Compost food and lawn scraps rather than contributing to the landfill. Many permaculture homesteads also include solar power, gray water reclamation and rocket stoves to make best use of resources. While large projects might be your goal, you can always start smaller with a single rain barrel or solar dehydrator.
2. Reuse Materials
Sustainable systems must minimize inputs, but rather than focus on what you don’t want to buy new, see the abundance of unused materials around you. Craigslist and local Freecycle groups are full of amazing resources.
Think outside the box and communicate your needs to your network—you’ll be surprised what might turn up. In my community, friends have made poultry pluckers from trash-picked washing machines, paid nothing for tons of patio sand offered on Craigslist, and created everything from garden beds to chicken coops to furniture from discarded pallets.
3. Build Interdependence
For many people who want to develop self-reliance, it is tempting to “gear up” and make sure you have every tool you could ever need, but this only increases strain on yourself and the Earth. Instead, focus on building a community of folks you can rely on for skilled services and tools. Consider what skills you have to barter with for the tools and services you need. I own and share a cider press, for instance, while I borrow a friend’s meat slicer. Not only does sharing make the best use of expensive tools, the act of working together creates a deeper sense of purpose and connection in a sometimes defeating world.
About the Author: Rachel Tayse Baillieul lives at Harmonious Homestead in Columbus Ohio. She grows organic perennial and annual foods, raises chickens, forages and preserves with her family and friends.
Source credit UrbanFarmOnline.com