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					Gardening Builds
Sustainable
Community
Jonathan Betz-Zall
Highline Community College
Science Seminar
April 4, 2008
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General Principles: Ethics


  Earth care,
  people care,
  fair share.
General Principles:
Practices
  Work with nature, not against it: use it as a teacher.
  * Everything in nature 'gardens' - for example, deer in a
   forest cultivate edible shoots by 'pruning' them back.
  * Minimum effort for maximum output - perfected,
   apparently, by a 'do-nothing' farmer in Japan.
  * The problem is the solution - for example, thistles on
   grazing land, which livestock don't eat, benefit the
   fertility and condition of the soil.
  * There's no theoretical limit to yield - only the
   imagination of the designer.
  * Multiple elements and multiple functions - something
   as simple as a greenhouse is useful not just for
   propagating plants: it extends the growing season,
   collects rainfall from the roof, reflects sunlight...
Observe and Interact
Catch and Store Energy
Obtain a Yield
Use and value renewable
resources and services, e.g.
Soil!
Produce No Waste
Apply Self-Regulation and
Accept Feedback
Design from Patterns to
Details
Integrate, Don’t Segregate
Use Small & Slow
Solutions
Use & Value Diversity
Use Edges, Value Margins
Creatively Use & Respond
to Change
Applications
Zoning
Forest Woodland
Gardening
No Dig Gardening
Layering
Increasing Edge
Perennial Plants
Polyculture/Guilds/
Companion Planting
More Information:

  http://flightline.highline.edu/jbetzzall/
  http://ecolibrarian.org/environmental-
   information-resources/permaculture/
  http://ecolibrarian.org/environmental-
   information-resources/living-green-web-
   resources/
  And your friendly Librarian!

				
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