Kat Lavers demonstrates that it is possible to produce a meaningful amount of food on a standard sized urban block at The Plummery. The entire block including the house is 280 square meters but the food producing area is only 100 square meters.
She lives with her partner and WWOOFERS, spending only four hours a week on average maintaining the garden. The abundance comes from close observation and planting densely with a tight rotation system.
They also keep quails because there is not enough space for chickens. The quails produce eggs and nitrogen rich manure for the edible garden.
Rather than aiming to be self-sufficient, they aim for community dependence where most of their diet comes from the Plummery or within their bioregion.
Growing food at The Plummery is Kat Laver’s experiment on how to regain a connection to the land in the context of a city.
This street theatre performance had a powerful impact on the imagination of a community in Central Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia, in 2016.
Applying the permaculture philosophy of “the problem is the solution”, Permakultur Kalimantan Foundation (YPK) and Curious Legends teamed up to work with over 200 children and 30 local community members to show that we created the environmental and social problems of today but we can also fix them.
Permakultur Kalimantan Foundation (YPK) was established to make permaculture education and training accessible to communities in Central Kalimantan to improve land management, increase community resilience and food security, support sustainable livelihoods and culture and help to conserve the natural environment in the region. Find out more at http://www.permakulturkalimantan.org
The big picture on our food. Explained simply by an expert.
So much appreciation for the local organic, biodiverse and permaculture farmers who feed us and keeps the natural world in balance. If you don’t have a CERES or farmers market near you, look for community-supported agriculture (CSA) options.