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Food production using permaculture
techniques has been used since time immemorial by many cultures of the world. This is knowledge which has been borrowed from
indigenous peoples. This is why indigenous
knowledge and peoples must be respected. They are the earth’s precious guardians. As
the word Permaculture grows in our usage and practices of growing food that respects nature. Let us not
forget where it came from; Kerala (southern India), the Chagga (Tanzania), where their gardens model and mimic natural forests; 'stacking'
trees, shrubs, vegetables in the manner that they grow naturally in a forest's overgrowth and undergrowth. This is what
Permaculture founders found when they researched groups of people living in forest habitats.
Populations increase and as populations increase there must be foresight and production planning to increase
the local food and water supply, to increase local knowledge, capacity building, and to learn from others as we take on a
global outlook. As we look at other indigenous sustainable based farming practices in search of 'best practices" that are
sustainable and seeking to make the smallest foot print, and to have reverence for earth processes.
Sustainable eco-farming is a technique; it helps and is a guide for us to be in tune to how nature produces,
understanding natural ecosystems, as we grow "food forests, and shift our thinking
from scarcity to understanding nature's abundance.
Is Ecological Farming Productive?
Permaculture an Introduction!
term permaculture is an expression of two words, “ permanent culture” , which was coined by two
Australian - David Holmgren and Bill Mollison. It was formulated to express an integrated system as a method to
the serious challenge of the survival that we face today as a whole planet and its inhabitants.
Article: Seeing the Garden in the Jungle Beyond Wilderness
Article: Watershed Wisdom of the Beaver by Toby Hemenway
Readings in Permaculture, Ecological Design, and Pattern Literacy General Permaculture Books
"Our pathway must be up through the soil,
up through swamps,
up through forests,
up through streams and rocks,
up through commerce, education, and religion!
In my opinion, we cannot begin at the top to build a house.
If we try to do this, we shall reap in the
end the fruits of our folly".
Booker T. Washington