People have become increasingly concerned with the resiliency of our food, water, energy and economic systems and are looking for personal and community security. This has propelled a global permaculture movement that is permeating the United States and has made its way to the Midwest. Permaculture has traditionally been used to design systems for large land areas, but recently people have discovered how the principles can be applied to any piece of land or living situation.
The suburbs have been maligned for being wasteful with resources, and they are very wasteful, but since we cannot undo the suburbs, we have to figure out how to reduce their resource consumption. Suburban permaculture is the answer! We can apply permaculture ethics, principles, and design concepts to the suburban landscape to transform them into productive self-sustaining communities rich in social capital, and which are economically and environmentally resilient.
The Resiliency Institute is uniquely qualified to educate the suburban population on the application of permaculture, because this is where we live and work! We can help you detox from your lawn addiction, by designing an edible forest garden with a water management feature where you can relax and harvest your delicious fruits, nuts and vegetables. Share your harvest with friends and neighbors, invite them to help you preserve the harvest, and enjoy a harvest meal together – all great ways to foster community. Your children will experience a new environment rich in learning opportunities and may surprise you by eating their veggies.
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