|Is this permaculture? A pigeon pea hedge windbreak - kind of overgrown...requiring minimal care, and even edible?|
I'm not a permaculture expert, any more than I am a gardening expert. There is some permaculture activity on Maui - like Maui Permaculture Network that organizes workshops from time to time.
But permaculture is "in," which is cool since it's been this very alternative gardening practice. If permaculture is "in," then it means "community gardening" is really "in," and that means just plain old gardening is even more "in," if you get what I mean.
Permaculture organizes a landscape into zones, like a zone for plants you'll use more often, like herbs, which should grow as close to the area you'll use it, like the kitchen. Then there are zones farther out yonder that may have areas like fruit trees or natural areas, or areas that help water drain off a certain way, or shaping the land to minimize erosion. Permaculture people will talk about "listening to the land" and helping it to "express itself" and they will also grow food. There are various technical terms like swales or berms. Structures like trellises and fences tend to be made out of natural materials grown on that land.
|Is this permaculture? Lilikoi (Hawaiian for passionfruit) and chayote squash growing on their own, i.e., without having been planted, along the shared fenceline with our neighbor.|
So it sounds very romantic... Permaculture has always been kind of attractive to me... letting the land be "in balance" and working with the "natural cycle of things," which gives me permission to not be a zealous gardener.
At the garden class at the Hali'imaile Community Garden two days ago, someone asked Mike Zelko, "What is permaculture?" It's better to hear it from the source, and from my experience visiting various communes and eco-villages, it definitely rings of truth:
By the way, there is another class next week Tuesday at the community garden, and through October. Sign up at the garden website.
I realized a little later, that I had trimmed off the video too much - oops - the funny answer about running through the woods with naked hippies was clipped off. Ok, I guess that means you just have to show up for class to hear the uncensored Mike Zelko.