|Permaculture & coho site programming||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Mmariner (Mmarineraol.com)|
|Date: Wed, 23 Oct 1996 12:35:43 -0500|
Rebecca Bryan said: >>I've looked in the archive but can't find a list of CoHousing groups that have made permaculture a key programming feature. Are there any of you out there? We'd like to chat. Rebecca Bryant, Ozark CoHousing Rebecca, can you say more about Ozark's intentions -- even if you're not sure of specifics? Do you have a consensus among residents to do permaculture? How did you go about educating everyone about its benefits and costs? Was it difficult to get people to accept what it would look like - fewer green lawns replaced by gardens that look more like nature? Do you plan to do a lot of edible plants or more decorative? How do you handle the initial outlay of labor to get things going? Is it true that permaculture is *less* labor intensive once the initial planning and planting is done? Do you have any good information sources you could pass along other than Bill Mollison's big permaculture book? Web sites? Magazines? How about posting a brief description of permaculture for folks unfamiliar with the concept? Per the previous thread about "serious food growing" and sustainability, I strongly advocate permaculture for cohousing sites. Sites with considerable land could grow enough food to merit paying a couple people at least part time (retirees? college students?) to do the gardening work. Residents of sites with limited land could benefit from the connection with the subtleties of nature that working with permaculture facillitates. Any group interested in truly stewarding their land should look into permaculture or related approaches. Many of us in late twentieth century are so out of touch with the natural world that we have to reprogram ourselves to remember how to live in harmony with natural processes again. Beginning can do this can further healing -- individuals, our society and the planet. Michael Mariner
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