What permaculturists are doing is the most important activity that any group is doing on the planet. We don’t know what details of a truly sustainable future are going to be like, but we need options, we need people experimenting in all kinds of ways, and permaculturists are one of the critical gangs that are doing that.
—  Environmentalist David Suzuki
Permaculture & Indigenous Cultures
Maddy tells the story of discovering a forest garden high up in the Bhutanese Himalayas. The gardeners had never read a permaculture book or taken a course. Isn't it time permaculturists acknowledge where our knowledge has come from and show greater respect towards the indigenous people who have grown polycultural stacked food systems for millenia?

Permaculturists can spend rather a lot of time trying to explain what permaculture is and I am no different. In many ways it is rather a difficult word, a concept that is alien to our post-industrial western society. What we can forget to do is to attribute its origins. It was not really ‘invented’ by two Australians, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, in a bolt of enlightenment. I believe it evolved, and was coded from, protracted study of perennial systems in agroforestry, tree cropping, Yeoman’s keylining and specifically Bill’s interaction with, and observation of, Aboriginal and other indigenous peoples and their practices wherever he travelled. These ways of observing and working with nature are the legacy and heritage of indigenous peoples all over the globe. They do not call it permaculture. They have often not heard the word, yet they understand nature’s patterns and use them to create polycultural, perennially based, energy efficient homes, gardens, farms, communities… These are found all over the world where remnants of those cultures have been allowed to survive. They deserve acknowledgement and respect. 

Read the whole article from Permaculture Magazine here.

Permaculturing my dad’s ranch in the high desert southwest. His sandy red desert soil is currently host to 150 fruit trees supported only by a well water fed drip system that clogs with sediment and rock constantly. We are about to change that by drastically improving his orchard soil with swales, soil build up, and guilds. Dug swales last weekend so this weekend we are bringing up green waste courtesy of our local reuse program to begin lasagne layering the soil around the orchard. Would love any tips from fellow desert permaculturists on whether or not woodchips and rocks at the base of each tree is enough? They are currently exposed with bare soil. Debating on whether to add compost, peat moss, biochar, etc. #greeningthedesert #desertpermaculture #permaculture #biochar #biodynamics #permacultureorchard #permaculturefarm #farmlife #greenmanure by lick_the_moon