[permaculture] Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter

Tripp Tibbetts slowfoodguy at yahoo.com
Tue Dec 29 17:05:38 EST 2009

You're preaching to the converted, Toby!  Near the beginning of her book she talks about reading your book, and trying to apply some of it to her garden.  Maybe you should send her an email!

The best fertilizer is the gardener's shadow.
-Chinese proverb

--- On Tue, 12/29/09, Toby Hemenway <toby at patternliteracy.com> wrote:

From: Toby Hemenway <toby at patternliteracy.com>
Subject: Re: [permaculture] Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter
To: "permaculture" <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 9:54 PM

Tripp Tibbetts wrote:
> See what our friend, Novella Carpenter, is up to for New Year's:
> Increase productivity. This year, I’m creating French intensive beds. 
> For awhile I was trying to do those hippie permaculture jungles, but 
> I’m starting to see that for me, it isn’t as productive or easy to 
> harvest as it could be.
If someone's main aim is simply high yield (with high inputs for high 
outputs), or simplicity, then they'll be disappointed with "hippie 
permaculture jungles," since the latter are multifunctional, and include 
little items such as providing habitat, retaining soil, maintaining a 
functioning ecosystem, and in general sharing the planet with others, 
which means that sheer human food yields might be lower. And guess which 
one has a chance of being sustainable?

Written just after a visit to a real permaculture jungle in Belize, at 
Christopher Nesbitt's.


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