Last summer I had a chance to spend more time at the Premacutlre Institute just outside of Santa Fe. Scott and Arina Pittman are the main founders there. You may remember recall that Scott didn’t like how money worked, so he started his own credit union with values and ethics more in alignment with Scott’s world view. Here is that interview if you missed it… http://growyourowngroceries.org/video-if-you-dont-like-how-money-works-you-gotta-see-this/
Now that is what I call spunk!
But back to food production. As I visit all these farms, homesteads, and permaculture sites I see a recurring theme. And this is really delightful because it is confirmation that we are all on the right track.
You can very roughly divide all of food production into three big categories;
annuals (most often gardens, but weeds and other stuff)
livestock (chickens, rabbits, fish, goats…)
perennials (orchards, food forest, edible landscaping)
We each have our favorites, yes?
And some people, especially the permies, tend to only focus on livestock and perennials. Now before you go jumping up and down with exceptions – yes, I am making a gross generalization here.
And in all fairness, the permies are correct in that livestock and perennials are much easier systems to produce food with. Animals and perennials are certainly my two favorites.
Over at the Permaculture Institute, Scott and Arina primarily focused on livestock and this beautiful food forest they’ve grown. They sort of glossed over annual gardens.
Until this happened…. (And I hope the lesson comes across well enough in this interview). Check out this video with Arina (and don’t you lovew that Russian accent?).
Here is a link to the Permaculture Institutes website – surf on over – they have a lot of great info!
So what is the best? Diversity and having all three is best.
Catch you on another video.
Marjory Wildcraft is an Expedition Leader and Bioneer Blogger with The [Grow] Network, which is an online community that recognizes the wisdom of “homegrown food on every table.” Marjory has been featured as an expert on sustainable living by National Geographic, she is a speaker at Mother Earth News fairs, and is a returning guest on Coast to Coast AM. She is an author of several books, but is best known for her “Grow Your Own Groceries” video series, which is used by more than 300,000 homesteaders, survivalists, universities, and missionary organizations around the world.