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
What does such a landscape look like? The short video below shows the established food forest on the Permaculture Research Institute campus*:

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:
  • 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.
* You can buy the DVD here.


Anonymous said...

cool clip, thanks


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