Permaculture Vancouver meets every third thursday:
Come meet with fellow Permaculture enthusiasts to share your skills, knowledge, and questions. This is a great opportunity to get involved with or start projects around the city!
If you have extra harvest produce/seeds/plants to share or sell, please bring them.
Information and volunteer opportunities to help design and implement permaculture methods.
Volunteer opportunities to put our skills into action with local farming alliances.
This month, we will meet at the Kiwassa Longhouse (2595 Franklin St, Vancouver, BC) to visit the new garden, and then walk back to Kiwassa for the rest of our meeting:
This month: Principle 10
Going through David Holmgren's version of the Permaculture Design Principles, here's #11.
Principle 11: USE EDGES AND VALUE THE MARGINAL
Don’t think you are on the right track just because it is a well-beaten path
Tidal estuaries are a complex interface between land and sea that can be seen as a great ecological trade market between these two great domains of life. The shallow water allows penetration of sunlight for algae and plant growth, as well as providing forage areas for wading and other birds. The fresh water from catchment streams rides over the heavier saline water that pulses back and forth with the daily tides, redistributing nutrients and food for the teeming life.
Within every terrestrial ecosystem, the living soil, which may only be a few centimetres deep, is an edge or interface between non-living mineral earth and the atmosphere. For all terrestrial life, including humanity, this is the most important edge of all. Only a limited number of hardy species can thrive in shallow, compacted and poorly drained soil, which has insufficient interface. Deep, well-drained and aerated soil is like a sponge, a great interface that supports productive and healthy plant life.
Eastern spiritual traditions and martial arts regard peripheral vision as a critical sense that connects us to the world quite differently to focused vision. Whatever is the object of our attention, we need to remember that it is at the edge of anything - system or medium, that the most interesting events take place; design that sees edge as an opportunity rather than a problem is more likely to be successful and adaptable. In the process, we discard the negative connotations associated with the word "marginal" in order to see the value in elements that only peripherally contribute to a function or system.
Can't make it this month? No worries; come out to the monthly Richmond meeting at Terra Nova Farm, and also check out www.VillageVancouver.ca and look for related meetings in your neighbourhood via the events page.
Our monthly meetings are free to attend (a small donation appreciated - partly to Kiwassa).
permaculture is about creating sustainable human habitats
it is about taking the energy from the land and encouraging it to cycle back into the land, to reuse it as many times as possible before letting it go (out to the sea of entropy, where we can't use it any more) so for example, a piece of land receives sun wind and rain. if we catch those... and use them judiciously, we can make our garden grow, and feed animals who will poop and return that to the land, and pretty soon we have better soil, better food, some protection, and eventually something to build our house with.