CHANGE BEGINS WITH “I”

 

I change, you change, we call change for….

Our family has been discussing of the ways we can make this project work. While we talked about many issues, one issue brought up this week was on how to make urban permaculture/homesteading work in the midst of the city. One of the keys to urban homesteading success is to create “value-added” products or to implement skills to sell or barter in order to obtain the necessities that one cannot grow, do, or make themselves.

So we hope to put our talents and minds to work on making “value-added” products ourselves or begin to acquire additional skills, and then barter or sell them for those items that we are unable to grow, produce, make, and so on. This is a vital element in our journey towards self-sufficiency.

Another positive solution is to form a garden to garden network where if someone had a huge orange tree growing in their yard and couldn’t possibly eat all the fruit they could offer it to those who have none in exchange for whatever they needed themselves. Perhaps extra salad or tomatoes from another’s garden, for instance.

All across the country people are just starting wake up to the potential of urban agriculture and are forming co-ops, networks and starting community gardens. People are starting to realize that there’s a vast area of unexplored potential right out their back or front door.

How we eat determines to a considerable extent how the world is used

~ Wendell Berry ~

Excerpts from 10 Years After, A Small Urban Permaculture Garden Revisitedby Michael Guerra

For a number of years before I had even heard of permaculture I was filled with an unease about the sustainable ecological economic state of humankind and wished to escape it into some find of self-sufficient paradise. It was until some months later (after fruitless searching for the promised land) that the veil lifted and we were faced with the reality that most of the world’s problems are rooted in the city/urban/suburban human condition, (of which the eventual collapse of mainstream agriculture would be a symptom), and that if we are to succeed in resolving the disparity between a modern city’s ecological footprint and that of a sustainable one we had to literarily being in our own backyard.

…. Is everyone returning from a permaculture course still determine to turn their back on the huge urban problem and escape to roomier rural idyll? Is there something missing form the permaculture teaching that fails to address the huge potential of urban landscape? Or is it simply that many people who come to permaculture wish to simply escape modern living?..

…. It is perhaps a self-delusion that you can somehow save the plant by leaving the city to its Biblical catastrophe and go and live in rural self-reliant splendor, without taking responsibility for your actions.

…. The potential of urban permaculture is vast. Considering the multitude of edges, aspects, opportunities for multi-use shared productive spaces, recycling and niche markets.

Remember…. eat what you grow where you live. Read complete article>>

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