If you feel like really doing your part for the enviorment, this is where you should start imho. This is the one and only way to truly develop the symbiotic relationship that most of us humans seem to ignore. Gardening while looking at the big picture. ;) Nov 10
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Photo: Annie Corrigan/WFIU These are two of Steven Janowiecki's six rain barrels. In total, he can collect 300 gallons of rain water at one time. I’m Only Happy When It Rains
yardboidoroony /Video screen capture As a general rule, I tend to get nervous when I hear about a "permaculture song". While permaculture design may have brought us such genius innovations as chicken tunnel cultivation and working swimming pools growing fish and algae , most permaculture-inspired music I have heard tends to lean too heavily on worthy sentiment and earnest folkiness for my liking. But this little number from yardboidoroony is an entirely different matter. It takes one of the central permaculture principles—that there is no such thing as waste—and weaves a danceable, fun and humorous little narrative about freeganism , rainwater harvesting and rethinking our attitude to stuff.
Kinesis Films /Video screen capture From my friend Mike's chaotic urban permaculture allotment in England via a carefully planned campus-lawn-turned-forest-garden to the blossoming of a permaculture garden in the Jordanian desert , one of the things I love most about permaculture design is how there is no "permaculture standard". Every practitioner makes her or his own mark on the discipline. From the unique environmental factors of each specific location through cultural influences to the personal tastes and personality of the practitioner, each garden is the result of a myriad of different factors—all processed and applied through the lens of permaculture design principles and ethics. Take this set of videos from Kinesis Films for example about permaculture in Orlando, Florida.
Expert advice on how to establish self-sufficient food production, including guidance on crop rotations, raising livestock and grazing management. By John Seymour August/September 2011 Everyone will have a different approach to keeping a self-sufficient homestead, and it’s unlikely that any two 1-acre farms will follow the same plan or methods or agree completely on how to homestead.
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Image credit: Ecofilms Australia We've already seen how one farmer trains her chickens to eat slugs , and the internet is full of examples of chicken tractors —portable coops that can be moved to allow hens to till, fertilize, and weed a plot while providing pest control in the process. (see also this overview of chicken tractors at Planet Green.) But one Australian permaculturist has taken this idea to the next level—designing an intricate system of "chook tunnels" that let him funnel his ladies into any part of his garden. The amount of work that these creatures can do is actually quite amazing.