Permaculture community shows how you can feed 50 families with just one acre of land.
More and more families are deciding to live organically.
Whether this be in the car they drive, the groceries they buy or something bigger.
Permaculture plots are becoming increasingly popular with people sick of paying over-inflated prices for groceries. You can’t be sure where your fruits and veg come from, and they are often loaded with pesticides and GMO’s.
The art of permaculture involves creating an entire ecosystem in a small space. They are normally set up in gardens or allotments. It is more than just a place to grow vegetables, it incorporates a whole eco-system.
Limestone Permaculture Farm in New South Wales, Australia is a great example of successful permaculture.
The one acre plot is able to feed up to 50 families with fruits, vegetables, eggs and clean drinking water.
The plot works by playing to different produces strengths. The practices that are used in farming the land help to regenerate the soil, rather than strip the land of nutrients.
One of the practices that is extremely damaging to the soil but has been widely used for the last 50 years is ’tilling’. Tilling the soil rakes up the nutrients from the bottom layers to the top, so that they can be used in one go. While this might be great for the produce that is currently in the field, it renders it useless pretty quickly.
Soil that is tilled will produce successful crops one season, but then the next years will harder to grow. This means the farmers constantly have to farm new ground, which is detrimental to the earth and is takes more time and effort.
Limestone farm is unique in that it uses “no-dig” or “no-till” garden beds. This means that the beds are arranged in ditches, and the garden beds hold the water like a sponge.
The benefits that you reap from permaculture just keep on giving. Instead of farming methods that have been adopted with profit in mind, permaculture has sustainability at its heart.
After even just a short time, permaculture areas are said to ‘look after themselves’. This is because the carefully planned methods are designed that the crops help each other out.
Instead of entire fields of one type of crop which eliminate nutrients from the soil, different types of produce work together in harmony to create a successful environment.
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