Permaculture

Converting lawn areas into food growing areas is only one aspect of permaculture.  For me it is one of the most practical and rewarding ways to begin a lifestyle that reflects the principals of sustainable living that I am striving for.  Many of us on a tight budget cannot afford to invest in the environmental technologies that are out there to reduce our carbon footprint, but we can always take up a shovel, dig into the earth and plant vegetables and fruits.  Over time, our gardens will grow and we will have to make less trips to the grocery store, and we can grow food without chemicals that hurt the environment and our health.  To learn more about permaculture, I would recommend going to www.permacultureprinciples.com  

David Holmgren is best known as the co-originator with Bill Mollison of the permaculture concept following the publication of ‘Permaculture One’ in 1978.  Another book by Holmgren is,  ”Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability”.   This book inspired his website at  www.holmgren.com.au    His more current definition of permaculture is, “Consciously designed landscapes which mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature, while yielding an abundance of food, fibre and energy for provision of local needs. People, their buildings and the ways in which they organize themselves are central to permaculture.  Thus the permaculture vision of permanent or sustainable agriculture has evolved to one of permanent or sustainable culture.”

Lawn and property conversion isn’t something that happens overnight.  It is an ever evolving and creative process.  I’ve lived at my current address going on 10 years now and still have a large portion of my front yard to convert from lawn areas to food growing areas.  It’s a lot of hard work and truly a labor of love requiring a lot of patience.  If you’re like me, you like to see what other people are doing and you’re out for ideas and inspiration.  I started getting really serious about property conversion when I attended some of the green garden tours in my town.  It was very inspiring to see what others were doing in their yards.  I hope my website will be like a garden tour for interested readers and that they will share their ideas and experiences with me.    Check out these links for more good ideas on permaculture and lawn conversion:

www.quailsprings.org
www.permaculture.org

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