What are the benefits of permaculture?

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Permaculture is a design science that imitates healthy ecosystems.  By imitating Mother Nature, resources are appropriately recycled; human effort and waste are minimized.

 

Mark Twain said "you can't just throw a bad habit out of the window. You have to walk it down the stairs one step at a time."  Permaculture is that staircase which each person can use to restore the health of the earth


When we use patterns from nature, we use less water and have to spend less time and money on our lawns and in our gardens

 

"It is time to sit down and be still, 
for you are very drunk,
and we are at the edge of the roof."
--Rumi
It's closer to the way our Creator puts landscapes together..

Food Security happens when common people have the knowledge and the means to produce their own food without destroying the environment in the process.

Permaculture is a way for food production systems to mimic natural ecosystems.  Natural ecosystems operate entirely on incoming solar energy and recycled nutrients. Industrial agriculture, by contrast, is heavily fossil-fuel dependent and relies on injections of chemical nutrients. Permaculture provides one approach to reducing fossil fuel dependency while organizing highly productive and biologically diverse farm systems.

I just spoke with a man today about this very subject. He lived in Korea in the 1980's and in the village they all took part in helping to raise the all important rice crop, once it was harvested it paid the bills for the entire community. But each individual farm raised certain specific crops for their own use and for trading items within the farming community. I told him that was something that will have to happen here in the states very soon.

I hear that truck drivers are now asked to take a fairly strict physical with a DMV designated doctor. How many truck drivers have you seen that can pass physicals? So when we loose these drivers there are less food being delivered. I've heard of items no longer being produced because companies have moved overseas and one specific chemical they once used in the process is considered not of good food grade in their country. Case in point is when Johnson & Johnson moved to China, once they brought in all the manufacturing equipment and had everything ready to go the Chinese government told them they couldn't make Rolaids in their company because of a certain ingredient outlawed there. This is just a touch of what has been happening.


If we don't get use to buying locally grown foods we will have to do so when its forced upon us. We have been unlike other countries, we've been spoiled to having watermelon and cantaloupes in the middle of winter here, but other countries eat what is in season, some eating the same food over and over, night after night for three weeks or more because that is what was harvested there and there isn't anything else affordable to eat.


The problem we will encounter are people refusing to accept these things. I've ran into many people refusing to accept a very small change to their day to day lifestyle, a product they are use to having when they want it just not being there, and can down right panic if there are no sources available to acquire it.



That tendency to panic is why I am doing the work I am doing.  I feel if I educate as many people as possible about what are normal expectations---If I get them excited about growing interesting/heirloom food on their own, perhaps they won't be so concerned about what is missing.  Actually it is supposed to be healthier to our systems to eat what is in season......

We just have to remember that the journey of 1000 miles begins with the first step......peace!.

Looking at the Mark Twain quote is great for this subject because a staircase is made up of many many steps, skipping one can be achieved but it wouldn't be as pleasurable a  smooth walk up or down them.

Here's a Youtube video I really enjoy how he has taken a closer look at how to imitate nature and have a well prepared planting that wouldn't be noticed by anyone - a true survival garden. He even tests his plantings by having friends and neighbors take walks with him into the woods and fields and asking them to look for his gardens which they very seldom if ever find. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXAdtXyEqao


Utilizing what many people think as just a pile of junk, he took Styrofoam pieces and made them to be water dams and soil coolers. He states that when you plant foods for your survival in mind you don't want it placed in rows to be noticed by other people who would take the fruitings for themselves, or have them out in the open for rabbits or deer to devour. He shows you how to plant, where to plant, and how they can survive by rain fall alone so no one sees that you are carrying buckets of water out into the woods- a dead give away right then and there.

 

I'm hoping I can find similar videos, this seemed at first to be long at 26 minutes but once you view it you want to learn more.

Except for the secrecy piece, this is called agroforestry....

The part of Agroforestry that interests me the most is the enhancing and maintaining of the wildlife habitat. There has been interesting information on how what they once thought of old sunken ships as being harmful to the environment of the oceans and then went to remove them. But the ships were integrated causing a flourishing community of coral and other ocean life to abound. If they would have continued with plans to remove the ship it would have been devastating to all of that life.


Seeing in the video how he utilized pieces of Styrofoam to act as dams for the water and how the white surfaces can also reflect more sunlight on to the fruitings, that is ingenious.  

Where is the video showing how to use styrofoam for dams?  that sounds ingenous...

Start the video at 7:55. He talks about rock being water dams. then at 9:40 he talks about a wooden board and the styro adding further to it.

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