I have always had a deep interest in the environmental issues of our time; I studied and researched the best solutions with regards to better managing the local environment. During my research I naturally discovered the concept of permaculture gardening. I quickly realized that this philosophy answers all the questions I had been asking. The principle of working with and not against nature, utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems, and investigating all the natural events contained therein: looking at plants, animals and insects and how they all complement each other in a micro ecosystem.
I strongly feel that micro-communities and small farms are the best method for growing nutritious foods for every living being. This belief is growing exponentially amongst the people, and the idea of factory farms, which are unsustainable in the long run, is obsolete. Permaculture is the best and most environmentally sustaining system to grow and manage biodiversity.
I follow the three core tenets of permaculture:
- Care for the earth: Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply. This is the first principle, because without a healthy earth, humans cannot flourish.
- Care for the people: Provision for people to access those resources necessary for their existence.
- Return of surplus: Reinvesting surpluses back into the system to provide for the first two ethics. This includes returning waste back into the system to recycle into usefulness The third ethic is sometimes referred to as Fair Share to reflect that each of us should take no more than what we need before we reinvest the surplus.
Join me in this quest and feel the benefits… Delphine Stein