August 2010

Back home

2010-Aug-26   ::   (0 comments)

Manuela & Carsten

After having conducted 8 interviews with ecological visionaries of our times and having visited many beautiful places on our unique planet, we are now back home in Germany. We are inspired by our encounters with people, wisdom, nature and ourselves and are determined that we want to dedicate our lives more to the cultivation of a sustainable life. We are full of ideas and will continue our project Seventh-Generation.

Currently we are looking for a piece of land, where we can live according to our vision and the principles of permaculture. Our goal is to create a diverse and ecologically valuable piece of land for a productive and independent community, nourishing and in harmony with nature. According to the ethical code of permaculture: "Care of the earth, care of the people and share the surplus",
we want to create a place that invites people to bring life and the land back to a more central position, around which all creative efforts, feelings and thoughts evolve. We are looking forward to share our next steps with you!

Urban gardening - how to grow your own food in town

2010-Aug-8   ::   (0 comments)

Organically and locally grown food

New York City, USA. More people now live in cities than in urban areas. These cities are culturally diverse, creative and dynamic. However, our urban areas are extremely fossil fuel dependent and generate enormous amounts of pollution and waste. New York City alone produces almost 20.000 tons of garbage daily. Our mega cities cause social discrimination and are vulnerable to food supply shortages. The food supply system in total is our biggest source of impact in terms of water use, ecological footprint or greenhouse gas emissions. Permaculture is a way of bringing the food production back home.

Permaculture can be applied on all scales and at any location and therefore works in many urban garden projects around the world. Today we visited Claudia Joseph in Brooklyn, NY to learn about how she works in order to reconnect children and their parents to soil and plants. Her community projects are focusing on creating food producing landscapes in the urban setting and sustainable gardening education. People learn how to creatively transform how they live and the urban places where they live in order to become more self-reliant.

In a future of increasing uncertainty, with global challenges such as climate change and decreasing fossil fuel reserves we need to create sustainable, food-productive landscapes with the least external energy input and increase our local capacity to sustain ourselves. Permaculture design places humans within the natural landscape, connecting us to our sources of water, food, medicine and other essentials of our daily existence. Science, economics, and  traditional wisdom combine to create abundance and reduce labor everywhere in our lives. Permaculture provides a useful toolbox for challenges large and small.

By designing environments where we can grow food, restore wildlife habitat and integrate our living spaces sustainably, we can greatly reduce our ecological footprint. At the same time, we will enjoy the exquisite delight of fresh organic produce, nature’s beauty, bounty and sanctuary.

Here you can have a look at Claudia's website.