Permaculture is the practice and theory that builds permanent agricultural and human systems based on patterns in nature. Through permaculture, we learn essential skills that help us design a way of life that is in harmony with the natural world, including: organic, regenerative farming & gardening, biodiversity, soil & environmental health, developing a sense of place, natural resource conservation, collaboration, and living in connection with the natural world.
This group offers a variety of workshops and learning opportunities such as: films and educational speakers, permaculture farm & garden tours, discussion and book study groups, hands on experiences, community garden building, energy conscious living, seed and plant swaps, and social events designed to strengthen our connections and support sustainable community action. We welcome everyone, those who are experienced and those who are new! Join Now! http://www.meetup.com/www-emersonbrookforest-org/ It's free and a great resource for sustainable community networking!
Conserving and Maximizing our Resources
Things You Can Do Now!
Summary based on Permaculture Co-Founder David Holmgren:
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (in that order) AND Repair, Restore & Respect
Grow a garden and eat what it produces.
Learn to save and store food.
Buy local food and goods, support your local farmer
Avoid imported resources where possible.
Use labor and skill in preference to materials and technology.
Design, build, and purchase for durability and repairability.
Use resources for their greatest potential use (e.g. electricity for tools and lighting, food scraps for animal feed).
Use renewable resources wherever possible even if local environmental costs appear higher (e.g. wood rather than electricity for fuel and timber rather than steel for construction).
Use non-renewable and embodied energies primarily to establish sustainable systems (e.g. passive solar housing, food gardens, water storage, forests).
When using high technology (e.g. computers) avoid using state of the art equipment.
Avoid debt and long-distance commuting.
Reduce taxation by earning less.
Develop a home-based lifestyle, be domestically responsible.
Wherever you live:
Change your light bulbs to compact fluorescent
Use power strips or switchable outlets – and turn them off when not needed – to avoid phantom loads
Hang your laundry – on outside line or indoor drying rack
Start a composting system
Grow some food next season – veggie garden, plants in containers, herbs in pots in windows, etc.
Make connections with neighbors & community members; share and help each other!
If you have land, consider:
Care for, rebuild and heal your soil
Convert lawn to sheet-mulched, no-till gardens
Put in a pond
Don’t forget to compost!
Hot water on demand
Trees for coppicing
Mushroom growing area
Create an edible forest garden
Bat houses, Cold frames, Get chickens or ducks, Get bees
Tap your sugar maples
If you can’t do it yourself, buy/barter local!