What is Permaculture?

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1 What is Permaculture? An ecological design system for the creation of regenerative human habitats. Biologically based, whole systems approaches to meet human needs from the landscapes in our care Using local resources, plants, and animals To assemble productive cultivated ecosystems. Food and nutrition is at the core of Permaculturedesigned systems. 1

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3 Local Food Insecurity Results of a 2011 Gallup survey on Food Insecurity in 100 US metropolitan areas: 2010 Survey: Asheville metropolitan area(buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison Counties) 7th worst in the nation! 2011 survey 3 rd worst!! One in 5 people in our area is food insecure!!!! We source less than 5% of our food locally! Food Insecurity Global Food Security Challenges: Global l competition for a seemingly limited it resource Declining soil quality and productivity Increasing food and transportation costs Corporate control of the food supply Reduced food diversity Climate instability Declining nutrition content of available foods 3

4 The Good News! We can reclaim control over our local food supply. Localself reliance is achievable. Liberation through Abundance. Nature is fecund. We can grow what we need. We have access to the information, plants, and materials we need. Gardens and small farms are more efficient i and grow healthier food than large scale agriculture. Thriving vs. Surviving: a community endeavor 4

5 Our Nutritional Needs Calories Protein Fat Carbohydrates Vitamins Minerals Phytonutrients Medicinals What do we eat? Vegetables Herbs and spices Root Crops Grains Animals and animal products Oils Nuts Fruits and berries Mushrooms Products of the above: ferments, sauces, canned and dried goods 5

6 Our Most Nutritious Foods Vegetables greens: cabbage, kale, spinach and collards carrots Brussels sprouts peppers squash sweet potatoes celery green beans peas asparagus parsley onions garlic broccoli Fruit all berries all melons hardy citrus grapes cranberries apples, pears cherries peaches, plums mulberry paw paw fig Nuts (raw) almonds walnuts hazelnuts chestnuts pecans Seeds (raw) flax sunflower pumpkin sesame hemp Grain oats millet quinoa buckwheat spelt barley wheat rice Legumes chick peas black eyed peas black beans pinto beans other dried beans Fats hemp oil flax oil pumpkin oil olive/hazelnut oil grape seed oil Animal Products Fish chickens and ducks rabbits and guinea pigs squab free range eggs yogurt goat s milk and cheese cottage cheese Mushrooms Antioxidant Super Foods FRUITS Elderberry Aronia berry Sea Buckthorn Mulberry Serviceberry Muscadine Grape Hardy Kiwi Blueberries Cranberries Blackberries Raspberries Strawberries Apples Plums Cherries Peaches Red grapes Prunes Black Currants VEGGIES Collards/Kale Potatoes Kidney beans Pinto beans Asparagus Yellow pepper Green grapes Black eye peas Cooked tomatoes Red Cabbage Red leaf lettuce Broccoli Beets Tea Camellia 6

7 Regional Staples Sweet Potatoes Potatoes Onions Beans Corn Pumpkin and Squash Cabbage and greens Eggs Fruit, nuts, and berries Wild Game Small and large Livestock 7

8 Plugging the local nutritional food gaps Oils: Nuts, Seeds, Animal Fats Minerals: soil remineralization Grains Staples Cultivate more specialized farm/orchard enterprises to close the loop/ fill the niches. Strategies for meeting our Nutritional needs Grow what you need: Begin in the Garden Cultivate the local community food shed. Neighborhood Town Local area Bioregion Region 8

9 In the Permaculture Garden Build soil, plant plants, tend animals Begin at the kitchen door and work outward on a controlled front. Overcoming limiting factors. Optimize use of space, fill the niches, stacking and packing. Select for optimum nutrition: varietal selection The art of placement: right plant, right place Mixed perennial, annual, and animal production systems for creating food poly cultures. Diverse yields over time. Year round production. A place for animals and fish. Permaculture Garden Strategies Vegetables to the center; nuts, fruits, and berries on the edges For limited spaces, grow trees as shrubs Speed succession. Increase the productive edges. Alley cropping Use vertical space Grow up, not out! Use shady spaces Use slopes to advantage 9

10 Cultivate the local community food shed. Food Activism. The time is now! Re skilling: Learning the art of growing food Cultivating interdependence: cooperation, a survival value Neighborhood/Community gardens Neighborhood/Community orchards, vineyards, berry patches, and medicine gardens Wild Foods Food and Medicine Forests. Restore the commons abandoned, abused, and neglected lands. Support more local small and organic Farms. Regionally source our needs. 10

11 Nutrition and Local Economics Putting our money where our values lie; the myth of cheaper foods Fresh food is nutritious food Food miles vs. food feet Vote with your dollars: Investing in local farms and allied businesses Encourage farmers to grow what htwe need, then buy it. Incredible Edible Todmorden Have fun. Savor the journey toward an abundant future. CHUCK MARSH wwwlivingsystemsdesign.net 11

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