The Plummery is a suburban home where a backyard permaculture garden measuring only 100sq/m (1076 sq feet) produces over 400kg/900 pounds of food year-round!
Kat Lavers describes her approach to gardening, including vertical and biointensive growing, and how important it is – and possible! – for city dwellers to be food resilient in the face of natural, financial and social crises. We were very inspired by how little day-to-day effort goes into creating such an abundance of food.
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KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM "THE PLUMMERY"
- It’s critical that city-dwellers regain a meaningful connection to their food.
- Start small: you’ll get more from a small space that is well managed than from a large space that runs away on you.
- Time goes into learning the skills and systems to have an abundant garden but once it’s in, you only need to spend a few hours a week looking after it.
- Food is one of the ways we can build resilience within our systems.
- Aim for community sufficiency – the majority of your food coming from your household, community and bio-region – rather than self-sufficiency.
- Growing your own helps you to avoid all the packaging, transport, fuel and chemicals used in producing food conventionally.
- And it brings such joy at the same time!