No garden? No problems.

Permaculture is a concept integrating an ecological approach to all aspects of human endeavors. It is a design system for sustainability encompassing agriculture, building, living and other aspects of human activities.

The misplaced centrality of the garden in permaculture

For those without a garden, buying food from ethical growers and resellers who support regenerative farming and gardening is a means of practicing permaculture.
Food writer, Michael Pollan. Michael is the author of multiple books about food including Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual (2010); In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (2008); The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006) and The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World (2001). MIchael formulated the idea of ‘shopping the periphery’ of the supermarket because that is where the less-processed foods are found.

I’ve realised… being a good gardener can be like being an ostrich with your head in the sand. You will inevitably die in your own good garden if you don’t pull your head out and see what is happening in the real world.

Therefore, for us to continue to live on the earth, stop for a while from just being gardeners and look at what is happening and try and stop it.
…Interview with Bill Mollison, Permaculture magazine, 1983.

Permaculture is not a farming technique. It’s a design science that applies to everything. If we gut it and make it into just gardening techniques we will have failed in the mission of permaculture.

We’re only truly secure when we can look out our kitchen window and see our food growing and our friends working nearby.

A productive home garden front yard in Newtown, Hobart, shows how even a small patch can supplement the household diet with fresh vegetables and herbs.

An authentic take on permaculture and food

A lending library enables people to help themselves to information; a locked-up book collection is useful only to the person who owns it.

Vegetables and herbs. Mixed plantings like this can be made in even a small home garden.

Where else to start in permaculture?



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Russ Grayson

I'm an independent online and photojournalist living on the Tasmanian coast after nine months on the road in a minivan.