Thursday, February 19, 2009
Permaculture is a popular method of sustainable agriculture management. In this method, the agricultural potential of an area is maximized by
- completely utilizing the resources - sun, water, and land
- by making small modifications to the landscape
- and introducing a large variety of productive and interdependent plant and animal species to occupy all niches, creating a high biodiversity environment
Bill Mollison, the founder of the permaculture movement, gives an overview of the set-up sequence of a typical food forest in this blog post:
Thus the phases of abundance in tropical – subtropical systems of from 1-2 acres upwards in wet seasons could be:* You can buy the DVD here.
- Season 1. Establishment of an abundant richness of species for trial.
- Season 2. An abundant source of propagation material is produced.
- Season 3. Several species are sufficiently numerous to provide an abundance of yield.
- Season 4. Yield is excellent, propagation material “unlimited”, and slower species start to produce. Absolute abundance is achieved.
- Season 5 on. Abundant yield from as many as 30 perennials and the same number of annuals is achieved, and can be made to persist for as long as is needed.