[permaculture] spindle cut orchards

paul wheaton paul at richsoil.com
Sat Jun 2 15:17:33 EDT 2007

I had some friends over for breakfast this morning and I mentioned
this.  After that I want to talk about it here more.

I guess what I'm fishing for here is not just more info.  I want to
either get comfortable with the idea, or I want to get support for why
it ain't permaculture.

At the moment, I feel pretty outraged at this practice.  I'm open to
the idea that I am simply ignorant - with a little more understanding
a path will be illuminated to show that this practice can be
incorporated into permaculture.  But my gut says that ain't the case.

Lack of diversity bugs me.

Lack of canopy layers bugs me.

But I think the thing that bugs me the most is that the trees are
treated so disrepectfully.  It reminds me of debeaking chickens or
confining pigs into something where they cannot turn around.  I've
never been one to do physically hug a tree - I keep the chain on my
saw pretty sharp and I'm not bashful about taking out trees to help
the farm - or me.  But it is done with the idea that I am working with
nature.  This seems  ....  twisted.  Is this not one of God's
creatures that is being shackled and squeezed to produce more money?

It seems icky.  It seems far from permaculture.  It smells like a new
direction from big ag.

Or maybe I just don't fully understand it yet and I'm just reactionary.

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