Permaculture

Permaculture helps us figure out where in the cycle of life we fit in, and how we can help make things better for future generations, of every species.

As caretakers of this space our prime directives are the three ethics of permaculture: earth care, people care, and future care / fair share. These form the foundation for permaculture design and are also found in most traditional societies. ​

Earth Care
Rebuild natural capital

The Earth is a living, breathing entity. Without ongoing care and nurturing there will be consequences too big to ignore.

LIVING SOILS

Caring for the living soil. The state of the soil is often the best measure for the health and well-being of society. There are many different techniques for looking after soil, but the easiest method to tell if soil is healthy is to see how much life exists there. Our forests and rivers are the lungs and veins of our planet, that help the Earth live and breathe, supporting many diverse life forms. All life forms have their own intrinsic value, and need to be respected for the functions that they perform – even if we don’t see them as useful to our needs.

We work hard to support and maintain healthy tilth in our soil. Factors that determine tilth include the formation and stability of aggregated soil particles, moisture content, degree of aeration, rate of water infiltration and drainage.

At Wild Culture Farm…

  • Follow no till methodologies wherever possible.
  • Build compost.

Incomplete, work in progress. We’ll expand on this over the coming months!

WATER

To make sure we have enough clean water for drinking and irrigation, and to keep the forces of water from eroding the landscape, permaculture has a simple mantra: “Slow it, spread it, sink it” — that is, catch the water, hold it on-site, and get the water back into the ground to rehydrate the earth.

At Wild Culture Farm…

  • We harvest rainwater
  • Utilize swales to increase water infiltration
  • Work to irrigate efficiently
  • Plant cover crop on planting areas and mulch heavily in others to vigilantly try to avoid exposed soil.
  • Rotate animals frequently for them to contribute to the fertility of the land and to avoid overgrazing an area, leaving it exposed to the drying effects of the sun.
  • Use greywater systems for laundry to landscape
  • Good tilth holds more moisture! So we compost like crazy and always have several active composting systems at work!

Incomplete, work in progress. We’ll expand on this over the coming months!

People Care
Look after self, kin, & community

If people’s needs are met in compassionate and simple ways, the environment surrounding them will prosper. We all have a need for companionship and collaborative efforts affect change.

People Care begins with ourselves and expands to include our families, neighbors and wider communities. The challenge is to grow through self-reliance and personal responsibility. Self-reliance becomes more feasible when we focus on non-material well-being, taking care of ourselves and others without producing or consuming unnecessary material resources. By accepting personal responsibility for our situation as far as possible, rather than blaming others, we empower ourselves. If we can recognize that a greater wisdom lies within a group of people, we can work with others to bring about the best outcomes for all involved.

The permaculture approach is to focus on the positives, the opportunities that exist rather than the obstacles, even in the most desperate situations.

At Wild Culture Farm…

  • You will often notice us lugging boxes of “cargo” (precious food to share!) from the farm to friends, neighbors, and local schools. The ability to share surplus with the community is a key component of what motivates us.
  • We love to share our experiences and hear yours! The rewarding work of exchanging ideas and experience with these principals is both people care & future care. Not a day goes by without sharing the lessons of caring for this land with WWOOFERs, local volunteers, friends, neighbors, and, of course, our children.

Incomplete, work in progress. We’ll expand on this over the coming months!

Future Care / Fair Share
Set limits and redistribute surplus

We are provided with times of abundance which enables us to share with others.

The taking of what we need and sharing what we don’t whilst recognizing that there are limits to how much we can give and how much we can take.

Established fruiting trees are likely to produce more than one person can eat. It takes time to pick and preserve the harvest, and there are limits to how much fruit we can use. There are many ways that we benefit from giving a fair share of the bounty to others in our community.

The growth in human consumption and the accelerating extinction of species make clear the impossibility of continuous growth. Sometimes we need to make hard decisions and consider what enough is.

We need to focus on what is appropriate for us to do, rather than what others should do. By finding the right balance in our own lives we provide positive examples for others, so that they can find their own balance.

At Wild Culture Farm…

  • We’re continually working to reduce our consumption of ‘stuff’ and purchase secondhand wherever possible to reduce our impact on the environment.
  • Re-purpose, up-cycle, re-use, share!
    Soil blocks are one way to reduce plastic so where appropriate we opt to soil block. We also have so many left over pots that we go to each season during propagation. If you are local and want some extra pots, get in touch! 🙂
  • By composting and recycling, we can reduce the amount of garbage generated by up to 80%. It quickly becomes routine and makes a big difference.

Incomplete, work in progress. We’ll expand on this over the coming months!