Saturday, May 17, 2008

See the three hundred year old food forest

For twenty-eight generations, this Vietnamese family has grown its food and medicinal supplies on two acres of land in what permaculture expert and trainer Geoff Lawton calls a three hundred year old food forest.

We can do this. A bountiful lifestyle like the one Rose, Cheyenne and the entire Village of Ordinary enjoy is possible for each of us now. We can eat healthier, preserve our precious water supply, and live in harmony with the Earth.

Over the next few days, I'll show you how Geoff Lawton trained a team of Jordanians to grow figs and citrus in the sandy desert, how urban gardeners are relaxing with permaculture gardens on their balconies and in their backyards, and how permaculture co-originator Bill Mollison got his start reclaiming overgrazed land and rebuilding the soil and local water resources.

You might be surprised how much of your own energy a permaculture lifestyle can save, because permaculture is not just about the food. It's about a way of life that gives back as much as it takes. Stay tuned. Learn how. And if you're already doing it, tell me about it in the comments section below. We can learn from each other.

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