Permaculture movements growing out of Transformational Music Festival culture

Brooks shared a story about one of his close friends who coined the term “grain damage” referring to how a fixation on grains and annuals, while feeding a lot of people, has not been the best thing for both the long-term health of those people and of the planet due to the reasons stated above. He showed us a real ‘food-forest’ which relies on diversity and cooperation among trees and plants. For example, a food forest does well with plenty of nitrogen fixing plants like beans or the local pigeon-peas supplying this the most in-demand nutrient for most plants. This, like in the Native American 3 Sisters garden which is corn to grow tall and create a structure for the nitrogen fixing beans to climb up, and squash which covers the ground with it’s large leaves preventing water evaporation. That’s cooperation through diversity!

Phenomenal food garden

ON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot Seed selection: what to grow? Ask yourself what you most like to eat. There’s not much point planting … Read more

On becoming a vegetarian

ON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot I became a vegetarian in 1975 when I landed in Vancouver from London, UK and found myself sharing … Read more

Sumptuous sandwiches

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina Someone I know took a peanut butter sandwich in his lunch bag every day – for seven years. Then what happened? … Read more

Seed savvy

ON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot Farmers and agriculturists have been growing food and selecting seeds for future harvests for 10,000 years. Fewer than … Read more