[permaculture] Searching archives for this permaculture list
lbsaltzman at aol.com
lbsaltzman at aol.com
Mon Apr 23 19:06:40 EDT 2007
While not scientific proof of anything, the ongoing experience my wife and I are having in building a "backyard food forest" on our property, which is between 1/4 and 1/3 of an acre, has certainly convinced me that your book Gaia's Garden is on the money. We now have approx. 70 food bearing trees, the majority fruit with some nut trees, avocado and edible seed trees. There are berries, and a variety of perennial vegetables and annual vegetables that have naturalized as well as root crops. We also get a significant amount of our firewood from trimmings on the property. We have young Oak Trees that have "volunteered" on our property as the forest moves towards maturity. Eventually, they will produce hundreds of pounds of food a year, and will certainly be there for whoever owns the property in the future long after we are gone.
I cannot imagine that if we had turned the whole property over to row crops that we would have produced the abundance that is beginning to come from our garden now. Nor can I imagine it would be as enjoyable a garden. Though we began the project before we knew anything about Permaculture, once we discovered Permaculture, we read Gaia's Garden, which served as a further inspiration to continue on the path we were following. And taking the Permaculture Design Course from Larry Santoyo further deepened our appreciation of the power of Permaculture design principles even on the relatively small scale of our property.
From: toby at patternliteracy.com
To: permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org
Sent: Mon, 23 Apr 2007 12:51 PM
Subject: Re: [permaculture] Searching archives for this permaculture list
Here's the link to Williams's review.
I hope this monster link works for you. I googled "book review williams
gaia's garden" (Whole Earth Review sent me his original review before they
censored/edited it--it was a nasty, sarcastic--not to mention
libelous--piece of work that they deemed not fit for publication).
Also, I parsed the link to my rebuttal of Williams incorrectly. Here's the
And thanks to Scott for rushing to my (and permaculture's) defense!)
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