In addition to produce delivery, Citizens of Earth offers permaculture design and edible landscaping. If these are new concepts to you, here's a little permaculture 101:
Ethics, Design and Science
Permaculture: an ethical science with design principles for sustainable systems. Termed in the 1970s by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, it aims to meet human needs while also regenerating the environment.
3 main ethical principles: care for the earth, care for the people, return of surplus to earth and people.
12 design principles:
- Design from patterns to details
- Integrate rather than segregate
- Use small and slow solutions
- Use & value diversity
- Use edges and value the marginal
- Creatively use & respond to change
- Observe and interact
- Catch and store energy
- Obtain a yield
- Apply self regulation & accept feedback
- Use & value renewable resources and services
- Produce no waste
Why should you care?
As discussed in our last post, the world is facing a massive quandary in sustainability. Permaculture is unique in that it focuses on creating a sustainable surplus rather than producing enough to get by. It means not only a sustainable world, but a vibrant, thriving, alive, magnificent, intermingling of human and earth coexisting and growing together peacefully, simply and happily. By incorporating permaculture into your own life, you can be a part of a greater positive change.
Adopting Permaculture is easy
Even in small spaces, the principles of permaculture design can be utilized. Here are a few easy ways:
- Choose plants native to your area
- Rebuild and protect soil
- Mimic the structure of a forest
- Maximize edges because they're the most productive area. Incorporate curved edges, for example.
- Create microclimates-differences in temperature, shade and humidity-to protect plants from the elements.
- Foster symbiosis by choosing plants with compatible roots
Large scale permaculture designs:
- Edible landscaping: a productive garden designed with beautiful landscaping makes for the best of both worlds.
- Food forests: designed and managed ecosystems that are rich in biodiversity and productivity, producing food for the community and providing habitat for wildlife.
Permaculture in action in los angeles: a must see video
Ron Finley's work in revolutionizing how we think about food production is truly inspirational and is a testament to the power of permaculture design in communities. Permaculture is truly a manifestation of health, happiness and harmony.