Imagine 1 acre produces 100 things.
Doesn’t matter what they are. 100 corns, 100 tomatoes, 100 wheats etc.
So if you have 1 acre, your net yield is 100.
That is our current agriculture system.
Each year, we plant corn, wheat, rice etc. We dump money on it in fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides etc. We waste 60% of the water used to water the crops. We spend millions on fuel to harvest the crops with giant machinery. Then even more to till up the soil and get it ready for the cycle to restart itself.
All for 100 things.
Now instead picture this.
You have 1 acre so you plant Trees (mmm pistaccios). After a year the trees are tall enough that you plant bushes around each one (blackberries). The next year you plant vines in and out of the bushes and trees (grapes and olives). The next year you add shrubs and stalks that are low to the ground (asparagus, rhubarb). And then for good measure you throw roots and tubars underground as well (potatoes and carrots).
On that same 1 Acre you get 80 Nuts, 80 blackberries, 80 Olives, 80 rhubarb, 80 potatoes.
Welcome to Permaculture.
You dont have to tear up and replant every year because the plants you chose are perennials and live and produce year after year.
You don’t lose the water because you dug PVC pipes into the soil and poked holes in them for drip irrigation. You couldnt do this if you had to till the soil every year. But because you put the pipes down and leave them, you save 60% water.
The catch: You can’t use giant machines to harvest. You have to go out there and pick all your fruits, vegetables, nuts, and roots yourself.
Or you have your neighbors help out in exchange for some of the harvest.
And then you have a cookout afterwards.
Hell, lets fence in our food forest and put a chicken coop in the middle. With all the plants dropping food on the ground, there’s bound to be bugs. Between the bugs and everything else, your chickens will have plenty to eat.
Now when you go harvest your plants, you can grab a chicken as well to bring home.
10 years down the line, the current system has lost nutrients, wasted water, polluted the air and earth. All the tilling has left the ground less and less fertile requiring more and more fertilizer and more and more money to keep things afloat.
10 years into the food forest and you don’t have to plant anymore. The trees drop their leaves which decompose and cover the ground in the winter. Half the crop that you couldnt get to, has replanted itself into spreading your food forest. The trees are becoming more mature and producing more and more consistently.
Your community is growing as you hire more people to help harvest all the plants.
You are saving water, fighting pollution, and saving yourself time and headache.
Not to mention money.
So which one looks better to you?
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