Maybe it seems obvious, but most of us now live in an urban world. We can’t just walk out the back door and be in the wilderness, or even have a substantial private space. But we can improve the spaces we have with plants, and we’ll be more successful at that by using permaculture. What does permaculture offer to cities and suburbs?
Well, besides the health benefits we get from plants, we can grow plenty of food and repair our cities. The suburbs, with their larger lots, offer a huge opportunity to turn lawns into gardens.
The Permaculture Neighborhood Center
Mark Lakeman on Urban Permaculture: City Repair, Re-patterning the Grid, Solar Cat Palace
Cultivating A Suburban Foodshed
Suburban Permaculture w/ Janet Barocco and Richard Heinberg
These are hot topics right now, though the concepts are not. City Farmer got rolling in 1978. And Mollison and Holmgren were developing permaculture concepts in the early 1970s.
City Farmer News has been a boots-on-the-ground resource for urban farmers since 1978.
The Farmhouse Media is all about living sustainably through
The suburbs offer an outstanding—and obvious—opportunity for for food production and permaculture.
Here’s a good overview of the potential marriage of the suburbs and permaculture for growing food, similar to this post. With abundant lawn area in many suburban developments, people can easily grow much of their own food. Or they can share space, rent space, or trade space with people who want to grow food. Water is available through wells or city water. And the land area that could be used is huge.
A NASA researcher estimated that lawns in the U.S. are the most-irrigated “crop” in the nation. “Even conservatively,” Milesi says, “I estimate there are three times more acres of lawns in the U.S. than irrigated corn.” Read the article here.
Here’s what we could have:
CSA delivery by bike in Seattle.
Some areas may even be close enough for bicycle delivery of the veggies!