The end of an era

The signs are clear and the jury is in. The industrial, oil-dependent, chemical-based food production experiment has failed to meet its promise and is now clearly unsustainable. The quality of its outputs is declining, it’s driving soil loss at an alarming rate and then there’s that issue of dependence on increasingly expensive fossil fuels. While agri-business continues to blow its own trumpet … [Read more...]

Letter to the Tree Crops

September 3, 2014 Letter to the editor, Tree Crops Association It is very healthy for permaculture 'trends' to get some solid questioning, thanks. It would be great to hear your opinion of what aspects of food forest concepts that you think are valid based on your own experience of tree cropping. I wonder what useful strategy advice you would give to the likes of the Christchurch Food Forest … [Read more...]

Grow Food like a Forest

Use multiple layers of mostly perennial plants Increase productivity and reduce inputs Build soil and and resilience to wind, rain or drought ••• In this video an orchardist transitions 5 Hectares to a food forest and describes its multiple benefits. Project Description Miracle Farms is a members-only u-pick permaculture orchard. With 100 cultivars of apples, 16 cvs of pear, 3 cvs of … [Read more...]