Permaculture Q&A’s From Quarantine Part 7

This video is Part 7 of a series. The series playlist can be found, here:

Questions overview and key takeaways: Below are: 1) a summary of the topics addressed by each question, and a timestamp; 2) Below each question summary are key takeaways from Geoff’s answer.

Q1: Geoff’s biggest permaculture challenge 0:10

The biggest challenge has been trying to get people in the developed world to live together and stay on track with working on beneficial systems. In the developed world, it’s easy to get distracted, we often don’t have good work ethic, and there is inclination to do irrational things to make a statement, taking on experimental projects rather than being productive.

Q2: Applying permaculture design to an apartment 3:00

One of the most impressive permaculture designs I’ve seen is a woman in Sydney who grows 70 kilos of food on 20 square meters of balcony two stories up in the air. With a balcony or sunny window, it’s possible to produce food. Then, of course, you can lower your energy usage, decrease your travel, favor sustainable production, volunteer with others to get food locally, do what’s possible for recycling, etc. Permaculture is more than just growing food or “owning” land.

Q3: Getting rid of coddling moths on stone fruit trees 4:45

There are all sorts of herbs that can help with coddling moths, but the classic thing would be chickens because they break the larvae cycle in the ground. We probably will never get totally rid of them, but their presence can be reduced to insignificant. Increasing the plant diversity in the system to have more chicken food would be good, and these support systems can be cut down to mulch around the fruit trees.

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About Geoff:

Geoff is a world-renowned permaculture consultant, designer, and teacher. He has established permaculture demonstration sites that function as education centers in all the world’s extreme climates — information on the success of these systems is networked through the Permaculture Research Institute and the website.

About Permaculture:

Permaculture integrates land, resources, people and the environment through mutually beneficial synergies – imitating the no waste, closed-loop systems seen in diverse natural systems. Permaculture applies holistic solutions that are applicable in rural and urban contexts and at any scale. It is a multidisciplinary toolbox including agriculture, water harvesting and hydrology, energy, natural building, forestry, waste management, animal systems, aquaculture, appropriate technology, economics, and community development.

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