Here is my presentation from the Sustainability Festival on the 20th ..... Something I forgot to say and would like to add. When you first start out not mowing and you aren't used to it, it's going to look a bit like the beginning phase of a beard. Rough and scraggly, just hold on. It's going to be a colorful ride. (P.S. I have no idea why blogger is making the font big in some places and small in others?)
Picture in your mind the Garden of Eden - a paradise. I imagine an ancient place dripping with fruit and nuts, food at my finger tips and I don’t imagine a place where people are slaving away. It’s what we dream of, but gardening the common way is so labor intensive and expensive. Much of the time and effort is spent adjusting for our poor Earth stewardship. When I think of paradise, I never think about acres and acres of mowed monochromatic grass. Imagine a garden that each generation in a family can build on for the next and the quality of life and land value for each generation is improved.
When I started gardening, I did it the way we were all taught. I tilled, planted annuals in a row using crop rotation, hoed, watered a lot, fertilized, sprayed for bugs, weeded and started over the next year. When we started out as organic gardeners none of that changed. Then I started learning about permaculture and was hooked. Permaculture isn’t a new way of gardening, it’s the oldest way.