May 11, 2018 by Tor Park
Take a walk in a woodland, as I did today in Epping Forest, near where I live. You’ll see trees, grasses, birds, insects, squirrels, maybe a fox, all going about their business. Things change over time, of course, but the forest keeps going – it’s sustainable in the true sense of the word. It doesn’t need weeding or digging over.
What is it about an ecosystem like this that keeps it going, and can we learn anything from it?
Permaculture was originally developed, in Australia in the 1970s, as a response to agricultural practices which were degrading the land, causing pollution and soil erosion. It was based on the observation of natural systems, and of communities that live and have lived in harmony with their natural surroundings. We can use what we learn in this way, to design sustainable food growing systems: Permanent Agriculture.
Permaculture principles can be used on any scale, whether you have a smallholding, a garden or a balcony. One of the principles, perhaps the most basic, is “Work with nature, not against”. If we design carefully then nature will do much of the work to maintain our system.
Less digging, more time to enjoy our gardens and our produce!
If you would like to find out more, join Ros on 16th & 17th June for an Introduction to Permaculture here at the Farm
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