As we now have arrived to a point of "no return" when it comes to concider the enviromental factors it is high time to get very open minded.
There might be a lot to learn from different alternative solutions and methods that has been developed through the years. A practise like permaculture, mainly a way to grow food, could acctually contribute a lot when it comes to true sustainability. It is possible to make it a profitable business.
Just imagine sitting in a garden or a greenhouse in your area, enjoying a locally produced, nutrient dinner surrounded by plants. Maybe you can buy some nice vegetables or products to bring home, or say hello to your dear neighbour who runs the business.
The method is based on getting knowledge about the prerequisites every specific soil has and over time build the soil to become as nutritious as it possibly can, so that the harvest gets healthy and nutritious without using pesticides.
One can start to vision that our future cities will be so clean from emissions that there can be vegetable and fruit growing areas in several places, organized by entreprenours, neighbourhoods or community initiatives. Permaculture ought to be the ultimate base to grow healthy food full of nutrients. Particularly when it today is well known how conventional farming with monocultures depletes the soil and drain it from minerals and nutrients. The charm of permaculture is that the nessesity for huge monocultural agriculture decreases when we can spread out to smaller units to support a limited areas with most of what is needed. The multicultur that defines permaculture is therefore perfect for this purpose. Just think alley cropping, local honey or try edible flowers. All kinds of vegetation is also important for the cooling effect in the urban environment.
It may sound like a hippie dream, but there are many qualities a business with permaculture could provide with. Economically it is more than possible to make it profitable. The bonus is that all vegetation cleans the air and the greenery lowers the temperature. The preservation of biodiversity is another part of which urban cultivation can contribute. The business can also offer inspiring social meeting places and outdoor environments for recreation and recovery. And of course offers education, another income source.
Permaculture has no general principle and each garden should be treated individually. A careful look at every plot or space to understand the amount of wind, light, and water it receives is the way to start. Working with nature forms the backbone of permaculture.
It started with the creation of food forests in which vegetables and trees grow together. In the forest, everything that was built or planted had three distinct purposes. For instance, cultivation of corn stalk can be beneficial in three ways- it can produce corn, it can feed cattle and it can also help climbing beans to grow. Being a low-impact model, permaculture involves no digging and one can grow one thing after other in an area with no turning of the soil. Weeds can be knocked down and killed by using a layer of natural-fiber carpets, newspapers or cardboard. Apply mulch or compost over the top to provide nutrition and aid growth. Of course no pesticides are used unless it is necessary, but it is not banned like in the biodynamic farming.
For some reason good ideas are contagious, they can travel through the air between different continents and cultures. Today when internet is available it is easy to acess knowledge about permaculture and we shall not get surprised if permaculture becomes established as very succesful business when it comes to urban farming. There are a lot of competence in teaching the method available. In parts of the world where the climate is beneficial for growing food it is easy to get profit. In colder, it still works well during less cold seasons and there will be solutions to find if we start looking. At the same time this would contribute with beauty from all the green which connects us with our origin in a natural way.
Today some fine dining restaurants in Paris grows their own vegetables in roof gardens with organic growth methods for maximum taste and quality. They show whats possible!
The possibilitys and potential when it comes to how this kind of business could develope and contribute can not even be counted. Everything from educational units cooperating with the farming centers to teach our young generation how to grow food outdoors and in greenhouses, to develope in moore advanced pathways. Bees are ofcourse a natural part of the symphony and will as always when we keep crops free from pesticides do their excellent job to encrease our harvests. Processing the harvests into great products and offer menus from locally grown crops will be luxury. Production of meat will most likely descend therefore the quality can increase and the animals can get better lifes and live healthier all in a sustainable ways.
But can you see the chickens down your alley yet?
Permaculture is more than just the latest buzzword; it offers positive solutions for many of the environmental and social challenges confronting us. It offers a win-win concept for both climate and humans. And nowhere are those remedies more needed and desired than in our cities. There are a lot of good reads available to get inspired and the pot is on the stove, ready to get simmering. Toby Hemenway has a lot of knowledge to share in his book "The permaculture city" .
"The Permaculture City" provides a new way of thinking about urban living, with practical examples for creating abundant food, energy security, close-knit communities, local and meaningful livelihoods, and sustainable policies in our cities and towns. The same nature-based approach that works so beautifully for growing food―connecting the pieces of the landscape together in harmonious ways―applies perfectly to many of our other needs. Toby Hemenway, one of the leading practitioners and teachers of permaculture design, illuminates a new way forward through examples of edge-pushing innovations, along with a deeply holistic conceptual framework for our cities, towns, and suburbs.
The constructive possibilities waiting for us to cocreate a sustainable future is right here. Permaculture is absolutely one great gallant to make our world a better place.
It could be wonderful to spend time in metropoles when it´s thriving of lively greenery and beauty in the future.
SOURCE: Sprinkle Daily