Permaculture Project Ideas: http://www.kelleyharris.com/notes/permaculture/permacultureProjectIdeas.html
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Wanted: Lot or Land to Lease for Orchard or Food Forest
If you have some empty lot or land, and would like some extra income,
possible ag tax break, and/or fruit, consider leasing your land to
me. I'd like to experiment with different approaches to
sustainable orchards or "food forests" in the spirit of
Permaculture. The hope is that the orchards would be educational
and demonstration models, visited by people of all ages. I plan
to involve a variety of Permaculture advisors and people in the
designs, and your ideas would be very welcome. While water access
would be ideal, I'd also like to try developing some of the orchards
"dryland", relying only on rain and ground water. It's OK if some of
the land as been abused. Part of the Permaculture spirit is to help
regenerate injured land, and leave the truly native lands alone.
Initially I'd prefer to focus on urban and suburban areas in Santa
Barbara and Goleta. But I'd welcome hearing about land in other
locations. While I anticipate things will start very slow, I also
have some hope that some momentum could build, and more people would
get involved. It's mainly a labor of love to start, but I realize
that it will have to pay it's way in order to grow. I'm willing to
invest some of my time and money to give it a try, and pay you a
reasonable lease payment along the way.
Here's a little info about my background and interests:
I'd welcome a chance to discuss your land and wishes and brainstorm possible ways we could help each other.
Resources (or as some cultures say, relatives)
Projects Doing Good Things
Happy Sustainable Examples (Regenerative)
The thing that would have the broadest positive effect just might be a
good list of examples of people leading simpler lives and loving it.
David Eisenberg said, “The way to subvert the dominant paradigm is to
have more fun than they do and make sure they know it.” (http://www.dcat.net/resources/david_eisenberg_warkworth_sept_6_08.pdf)
who are the individuals, groups, areas, etc, leading sustainable or
regenerative lives and liking it? What does Plan B or C really really
look like? Such examples would help calibrate the conversations
and debates, replacing the vague sense of "making do on less", with
actual examples of smiling people and real data on their resource use.
If there aren't such examples, I vote that we create some soon.
Proposed Example #1
Williams - Dee has taken profound steps towards sustainability,
on multiple levels. She provides a wonderful example of a dramatically
smaller ecological footprint and greater happiness. She does it
all with grace, humilty, and a shining smile & spirit. Much
of the attention she's received has been about her tiny house. But I
think the bigger deal is her small number of belongings and very
limited consumption. While
the details may vary for other people, the essence of Dee's example can
help us all choose to take more steps towards sustainability.
After seeing the article and videos, I started simplifying, and was
immediately humbled by how much further she has taken it. I feel
very thankful for the trail blazing she's done and the lessons she's
shared with the world..
Hawaiian Permaculture Resources
- Permaculture Farms
- North Kohala on the big island has two Permaculture farms
involved in Permaculture education, youth agriculture programs, and
CSAs. Tom Baldwin and Shannon Casey
uluwehi farm and nursery. http://uluwehifarm.com/ Dash Kuhr
and Erika Shickle
Carter aka "Coconut Chris", Honokaa. Strong knowledge of rare
Hawaii fruit trees. And great tree climber and trimmer.
- There are some Permaculture farms listed on the WWOOF Hawaii site http://www.wwoofhawaii.org/hosts/listing
- Leaves to live by: perennial leaf vegetables by Craig Elevitch, http://www.agroforestry.net/pubs/Leaves_to_Live_By-Elevitch.pdf
- Acacia koa - tree, nitrogen-fixing, hard wood
- Pigeon Pea, Cajanus Cajun - shrub, nitrogen fixing
- Madre de Cacao, Gliricidia sepium - shrub, nitrogen fixing
- Okinowan Spinach, Gynura crepioides - Perennial, Edible leaves, raw. Ground cover. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gynura_crepioides
- Edible Hibiscus, Bele, Abelmoschus manihot - shrub, edible raw
- Katuk, Sauropus androgynus - shrub, edible raw http://edibleplantproject.org/2008/07/katuk/
- Lemongrass, Cymbopogon sp - Can stop spreading of weeds and grasses.
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