PLANT LISTS FOR TEMPERATE DESERT CLIMATE:
Pollination Hedge Plants
Cover Crops as Bee Forage
Goat Forage Guild
Poultry Forage Plant List
Dynamic Accumulator Plants for Compost and Soil Building
FOOD FORESTS RESOURCES:
Plants for A Future permaculture plant data base
One Green World rare and unusual edible plants
Raintree Nursery edible and exotic plants
Fungi Perfecti - mushrooms and fungi
Seeds of Change - open pollinated seeds
How to Make Forest Garden Book.
American Livestock Breed Conservancy
Chicken Tractor Book
The City Chicken - fabulous website, includes even city by city listing of regulations for keeping chickens!
Polyface Farms multi-species grazing
GOAT HUSBANDRY RESOURCES:
Fias Co Farm - goat husbandry
HERBS FOR ANIMAL WELLBEING:
Juliette of the Herbs - amazing writer on medicinal herbs for children and animals
The Complete Herbal Handbook for Farm and Stable
Backyard Habitat Program
RAINWATER HARVESTING RESOURCES:
Rainwater Harvesting in Drylands - a major source of information with great details!
Phoenix, AZ example
PERMACULTURE CONCEPTS IN SPANISH
Taller Demostrativo Circulo de Banano (Permanesca, San Jose, Costa Rica)
Permaculture - Key Concepts
Food Forests and Guilds
Food Forest mimics the architecture and beneficial relationships between plants and animals found in a natural forest or other natural ecosystem. Food forests are not ‘natural’, but are designed and managed ecosystems (typically complex perennial polyculture plantings) that are very rich in biodiversity and productivity. example
Guild is a combination of plants, animals, insects and fungi. Guilds can be found in nature, in healthy ecosystems, or they can be designed and planted to make your food forest, garden, pasture or woodlot healthier and more productive. Each guild participant contributes something valuable to the entire composition. For majority of permaculture students, guilds pose a lot of mysticism and seem very difficult to understand. A good way to start learning about guilds, is to begin by composing something very simple - like one planter around a fruit tree and observe how thing are interacting. example
Poultry and Backyard Animals
Animals (including birds and wildlife) are a critical component of any sustainable system, as without their participation and contribution the ecological balance cannot be achieved. Everything gardens in permaculture, and animals are in the leadership position. Manure is needed for soil fertility. Foraging on fallen fruit, weeds, seeds and garden pests helps with keeping things healthy. Soil cultivation is frequently a benefit, especially when keeping chickens.
In permaculture we strive to design buildings and landscapes to absorb rainwater. This is not only a good idea for dry climates, but is also very important in places with plentiful moisture. Why? Rainwater is best used when it is allowed to infiltrate the soil. There it is available to plants, it is cleansed and enters the groundwater or returns to the hydrological cycle. Rainwater harvesting is an alternative to designing our outdoor environments to get rid of water - where it rushes down hillsides, streets or roadways. This is how soil erosion begins and pollutants get washed into waterways. In some circles, there is a distinction between rainwater harvesting (meaning direction rainwater and runoff towards planted areas for infiltration); and rainwater catchment where water is actually captured from roofs or other hard surfaces and is stored in cisterns. The former is simpler and less costly, the latter allows you to have access to water during dry spells, but may be more expensive.
Designing for Multiple Functions
Many examples can be drawn to illustrate this principle, the one that reminds us to always capitalize on the investment of work and resources. Everything should serve multiple functions by design - road channels cooling winds towards a house; water tank casts its shade to create comfortable microclimate nearby; rain gutter drains towards a fruit tree.
Heirloom Species of Plants and Animals
Permaculture Drylands Magazine - now online!
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