Four weeks ago I realized that we have not really dived deep into the topic of Permaculture I began this current series on Permaculture. So far we have completed part one, part two and part three of this series. If you have not listened to them you may want to before proceeding in the series. You can find the entire series here.
Today we are pulling back a bit from a pure design discipline approach to talk about what I see as the goal for the majority of TSP listeners that want to bring permaculture into their own back yard. That goal is the creation of a small scale property that provides massive abundance with minimal work.
Look we absolutely can build a huge farm based on permaculture. We can design a 1,000 acre recreational property too, or graze 500 acres holistically with cattle, poultry and pork. Yet I have surveyed the audience to know that my average listener has .25-5 acres of land, many have even less then .25. Most work a job and some work a job and a side hustle. This means time is limited, land is limited, money is limited and options in general are as well.
The approach to take is two fold, both I have always done but were made concrete to me by my late friend Toby Hemingway. The approach is think horticulturally not agriculturally and design your system like a modern hunter gatherer.
Join Me Today to Discuss…
- Agriculture vs. horticulture
- Hill people vs. city people (flat landers)
- What is the concept of liberation permaculture
- How can you design a “hunter gatherer” system in a back yard
- Understand the real difference between polyculture and monoculture
- Design paths though your property
- Use small spaces
- Let plants tell you where they want to be
- Compost everything, some stuff in place
- Garden beds are fine, but grow everywhere
- Eat what you grow while taking a walk
- Integrate animals into your systems
- Design “beautiful chaos” into your property
- Integrate water features
- Mulch, mulch and mulch again (the forest floor is a lake)
- Plant wild things
- Six Permaculture Principles for this Mindset
- Nature is abundance
- Man is part of nature, not separate as we have been taught
- If you build it, they will come
- Manage first by the square foot, then by the square yard
- Remember nature is all around you
- Grow where you are, leave something behind when you leave
- Final Thoughts
This continues a multi part series on Permaculture, next time we will discuss, guilds, free form vs. specific design, 6 more design principles and more.
Resources for today’s show…
- Join the Members Brigade
- Join Our Forum
- Walking To Freedom
- The Granddaddy’s Gun Club
- Biltong for Breakfast
- Toby Hemenway’s Books
- Stay – Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs
Check out these free videos, you are going to love them…
- 2019 Permaculture Masterclass :: Video-1
- 2019 Permaculture Masterclass :: Video 2
- 2019 Permaculture Masterclass :: Video 3
- 2019 Permaculture Masterclass :: Video 4
- Interview I did with Verge Permaculture
- 16 Part Permaculture Design Series I did on Youtube
- Five Primary Functions of Swales
- An Explanation of Swales as a Design System
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