Welcome to the Permaculture Farming Blog
Permaculture is growing more important daily because at our current rate, the Earth cannot keep up with all the production and consumption needed for the entire population. Food, natural resources and energy will not last forever but there are ways for us, everyone, to help make them last much longer.
Permaculture farming involves techniques and strategies to make farming much more efficient and ecologically friendly. Permaculture farming utilizes nature in the farming process instead of artificial, manmade, destructive methods that would harm the soil and the plants. Permaculture farming is the future of all farming.
This Permaculture Farming website is dedicated to providing resources on permaculture techniques, principles as well as strategies used in permaculture farming. There are plenty of free resources on permaculture and permaculture farming online.
First you should start with understanding what permaculture is and how permaculture works. Then you can study the techniques of permaculture farming. If you have found a technique or method that agrees with the permaculture farming principles, then please share your finding with us on our Contact us Page above, so that more people can conserve natural resources and energy as well as producing better and healthier produce and foods for the entire population.
Question: why do we refer earthworms as farmers friends?
Answer: We refer earthworm as farmers friend for its followings contribution to the soil fertility —
Biological:- In many soils, earthworms play a major role in converting large pieces of organic matter (e.g. dead leaves) into rich humus, and thus improving soil fertility. This is achieved by the worm’s actions of pulling down below any organic matter deposited on the dried dirt, such as leaf fall or manure, either for food or when it needs to plug its burrow. Once in the burrow, the worm will shred the leaf and partially digest it, then mingle it with the earth by saturating it with intestinal secretions. Worm casts can contain 40% more humus than the top 9″ of soil in which the worm is living.
Chemical :- As well as dead organic matter, the earthworm also ingests any other soil particles that are small enough—including stones up to 1/20 of an inch (1.25mm) across—into its gizzard wherein minute fragments of grit grind everything into a fine paste which is then digested in the intestine. When the worm excretes this in the form of casts which are deposited on the surface or deeper in the soil, minerals and plant nutrients are made available in an accessible form. Investigations in the US show that fresh earthworm casts are 5 times richer in available nitrogen, 7 times richer in available phosphates and 11 times richer in available potash than the surrounding upper 6 inches (150 mm) of soil. In conditions where there is plenty of available humus, the weight of casts produced may be greater than 4.5 kg (10 lb) per worm per year, in itself an indicator of why it pays the gardener or farmer to keep worm populations high.
Physical:- By its burrowing actions, the earthworm is of great value in keeping the soil structure open, creating a multitude of channels which allow the processes of both aeration and drainage to occur. Permaculture co-founder Bill Mollison points out that by sliding in their tunnels, earthworms “act as an innumerable army of pistons pumping air in and out of the soils on a 24 hour cycle (more rapidly at night)”. Thus the earthworm not only creates passages for air and water to traverse, but is itself a vital component in the living biosystem that is healthy soil. Earthworms continue to move through the soil due to the excretion of mucus into the soil that acts as a lubricant for easier movement of the worm
[Permaculture] Bill Mollison – In Grave Danger of Falling Food – Part 1 of 6
Question: How do OWS expect their belongings to be returned when they are now in a NYC landfill?
We, the members of the Sustainability Working Group, demand that the NYPD return all property possessions of this working group and its contributors immediately. This list includes, but is not limited to the following items: bikes, bike stands, batteries, inverters, tools, rainwater collection roof, permaculture tools, LED lightbulbs, fabrics, materials and personal possessions.
Answer: “NYC Landfill”
I thought they sent their trash to New Jersey,where no one would notice more piled up trash.
Know why the call New Jersey “The Garden State”
Because “The Toxic Waste Douchebag State” wouldn’t fit on the License Plates.
sustainability, permaculture and polyculture
Question: what can man do in today’s world to better live in harmony with his natural surroundings?
i asked a version of this question some time ago. people were really polarized- some felt it was man’s right to ‘control’ nature, others thought it best to let nature ‘run roughshod’ over man. only a few sought a happy medium.
hurricane katrina showed us that maybe it’s not the best idea for man to live in certain places. man has showed his fellow creatures that he intends to stay. either way, due to the availability of land, man and nature will have to learn to co-exist, peacefully or not.
so, what can we do to minimize our impact on our natural surroundings? what steps can we take to co-exist peacefully with nature’s creatures? any examples from your town are welcome.
Answer: Great question. Learn from nature. Note FROM not just observe or copy. There are some truly amazing things happening now. We can work with nature to harvest water so that the effects of flash flooding and droughts are minimized or to re-green deserts, reclaim lands that have been lost to soil erosion. There are lots of videos and books to show how this is being done.
We have the knowledge to design city’s so that the natural environment is lifted onto the roof. Farmers go from rooftop to rooftop via bridges. There are again videos which show you that this is being done in China.
Permaculturists are redesigning city landscapes to provide, recreation, water treatment, shade, wildlife habitat’s etc. Even a high rise flat with a balcony can produce enough food for one fifth of a couple’s needs. Again we have video and written evidence. We can change the micro climate locally.
We have the knowledge on how to use natural processes that do not require heating, beating or treating with chemicals. That self assemble, that leave no trace as they return to the environment.
There are so many possibilities. We just need people to start doing more and stop worrying about what might happen.
If you are really interested have a look at Permaculture. Or for a quick answer look through my and fellow Permaculturist Byderule’s Q&As. Our Q&As contain a lot of Youtube links so you can watch some of these videos online now. Lots of references too. To get you going the following Biomimicry Architecture link is mind blowing. A guy called Eugene Tsui. Interested to hear what you think.
Highway 2.0: An American Interstate for the Solar Age (Part 1: Biomass)