Can the absolute simplest permaculture system change the world? Paul Wheaton thinks so, I agree, and if you do too, there’s a simple way to help!
Paul is the guy behind Permies.com and a really passionate voice for actual change in green culture and permaculture. He’s not a green fashionista, and he probably doesn’t write articles sitting at Starbuck’s sipping on a Holiday Latte (like me! j/k). Paul writes articles and makes short videos that can actually change the way people fundamentally think about how we solve environmental problems. They are not lengthy dissertations funded by a green-washed corporation, they are not fluff pieces to get you to buy some product, and they are not complex, impossible to implement, pie in the sky “if we all lived in a cave and ate bugs” articles.
Instead, they are practical, insightful, useful, innovative and inspiring.
I remember the first article I read, “Organic lawncare for the cheap and lazy” – I was sold. Paul’s way of thinking reminds me of Masanobu Fukuoka, who wrote The One Straw Revolution and was a pioneer of today’s Organic movement. Fukuoka always emphasized letting nature do as much work as possible, and learning to understand the power of the systems in nature and their inherent ability to fight disease, self-heal, and create abundant, balanced production. He wrote that Japan’s history showed farmers leveraging these natural systems had plenty of excess time to write Haiku and become scholars. That was the ancient version of “Organic lawn care for the cheap and lazy.”
Anyway, Paul has an article on Hugelkultur that dumbs it down for people like me.
What is Hugelkultur? This has got to be the simplest possible system, rotting wood with dirt piled on it. Why would you do this? Because a working Hugelcultur mound might go all summer on a single watering, is self-tiling, creates healthy soil biology, and huge, healthy, productive plants. It’s a system that helps you divert organic material from the landfill, eliminate wasted irrigation, reduce or even eliminate the use of ‘organic’ pesticides, and create another “cheap and lazy” way to a greener, more sustainable world.
I believe that these kinds of articles can really get people to change how they think about permaculture and get past thinking that they only way to feed a starving world is with chemicals and GMO. Side note, watch this short clip of Greening the Desert, with Geoff Lawton, to see how a similar system confounded the experts and turned an impossibly hyper-arid patch of salty desert 400 meters below sea level in Jordan, into a fertile, date and fig producing paradise. This demonstrates the real power of these systems, and may make you want to buy some of that $100 an acre land in Arizona and try it yourself. You know where I’m talking about; those vast, abandoned patches of sand in between places we love to visit, the areas in which people claim have no value, cannot support humans, or be farmed. Actually they can, and with nature doing most of the work.
Back to Paul and Hugelkultur. Read the article and if you agree, please spread this article everywhere. Paul set a goal for 50 million people to see it, with the hope that seeing these simple, natural systems at work will intrigue others, create awareness and interest, and educate.
Here is the Hugelkultur article. Please share it everywhere.
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