From Food Forests to Healthy Soil: Five Incredible Permaculture Videos

800px-Soil-test-ballSami Grover writes at TreeHugger:

When I posted 7 no-cost ways to grow more food from your veggie garden, one commenter argued that mulching was not a good strategy—suggesting that gardeners should plant polycultures instead, following the principles of permaculture.

While I’d dispute the idea that there is one “right” way of gardening, or that mulching and polycultures, or mulching and permaculture for that matter, are mutually exclusive, I do agree on one matter. Understanding permaculture design—which can loosely be described as a design discipline informed by principles observed in nature—can definitely make you a better gardener.

We’ve posted a fair few videos on permaculture and permaculture-inspired gardening over the years. I thought I’d round up a few of our favorites.

Campus lawn becomes permaculture food forest.

Lawns are rubbish. Lawns are great, for picnics, for a game of football, or perhaps just lounging around with a lover. But we don’t need so damn many of them. At UMass Amherst, a group of green-minded students have been transforming a campus lawn into a food forest, and they’ve been growing food for the University cafeteria in the process.

2000 year old food forest feeds 800 farmers

Permaculture is often thought of as a new-fangled, hippy thing. And yet most of its principles and practices are borrowed from traditional agriculture around the world. Food forests and polycultures are nothing new. This food forest in Morocco, for example, features an overstorey of date palms to an understorey of olives, bananas, dates, grapes, guava, mulberries, carob and tamarind. And much of your coffee, assuming you buy shade grown, organic and Fair Trade from small farmers, will most likely have been grown in some form of forest-inspired polyculture.

Read and watch the rest here.

3 Comments on "From Food Forests to Healthy Soil: Five Incredible Permaculture Videos"

  1. The type of agriculture being described is that which most of the native American peoples engaged, In North, Central and South America very productive agricultural methods that were completely foreign to the Europeans fed over 100 million people. The methods they used evolved over a period of 10 thousand + years , a time equal to the development of Old World agricultural.
    That a significant part of the Native people’s methods were not adapted by Europeans was a tremendous lost. (except, of course,to modern Agribusiness)

  2. Anarchy Pony | Jul 4, 2013 at 4:34 pm |

    What’re y’all? A bunch o’ hippie dippie tree hugger luddites!?

  3. Cortacespedes | Jul 6, 2013 at 7:21 pm |

    Dunno why they struck that out. LAWNS REALLY ARE RUBBISH.
    And I should know.

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