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Saturday, February 7, 2015

SIMPLE LIVING: SUBURBAN PERMACULTURE

Half of the people in the US now live in suburbia and with the move towards greener living, you have to wonder how the two things can coexist. This article from Mother Earth News talks about how some neighborhoods are moving beyond the stigma of over consumption and lack of community.

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Suburban dwellers are recognizing the potential of their yards and of their neighborhoods. Instead of open grass areas, yards, both front and back, can be turned into edible gardens. 

Where once there was a lack of communication between neighbors, there is now a new sense of collaboration. Shared gardens, permaculture classes, green buildings, and solar projects, are ideas that are literally bringing down the fences in these communities. 

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Urban Farm Online says, By transitioning food production to the suburbs, we open the opportunity for rural wild lands to once more support native species in a more suitable environment of contiguous, undisturbed land.

According to "The Garden Controversy,” a study published by the University of London, suburban backyard gardens are three times more productive than farmland. When comparing food production on 1 acre of suburban land to food production on 1 acre of farmland, the suburbs produced three times the weight of food per acre than the farmland. In other words, small gardens aren't a waste of time!

I for one do not eat GMO foods and believe that we need to take back our ability to grow our own foods. I realize that we do not all have yards where we can grow our own crops, but we need more community gardens, and we need to educate ourselves on what we can do to help sustain our earth and to put healthy foods into our bodies.



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10 comments:

  1. I would love to grow my own foods. I only lack one thing.... A green thumb. Have a wonderful Sunday, dear Laura.

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    1. I have two, Katie. Maybe I could loan you one :)

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  2. It is amazing the number of people I know that are getting into growing their own food and becoming more self-sufficient. Some of the food we eat/purchase is downright scary. xo Diana

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    1. I love that more people are growing there own Diana. Scary is right.

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  3. I live off grid with my toddler and I think it's simpler to go buy them. But it's more rewarding and probably healthier to grow your own. It would have cost me 12,000 to drill a well and have a pump so I installed a rainwater system. But I don't have unlimited water. Still for me gardening is a joy. I hope you find your garden Laura.

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    1. Thank you, Ronda. I think what you are doing is wonderful.

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  4. No matter the size of our yard my husband always grew tomatoes and collards. I am not a gardener but love the fresh healthy foods a home garden supplies. I now live in a condo but plan to grow a herb garden or at least try. I am happy to learn that urbanites are starting to get back to the land. Debbie

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    1. I think it would be wonderful if condos and apartments set aside space for a community garden, Debbie. I know where I live there is definitely unused space.

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  5. This is really a good move, I love gardening too. It gives a sense of satisfaction and healthy food :)

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful post, Laura.

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    1. You're welcome. It's definitely a win win thing to do.

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