Permaculture Island is a family run homestead situated on a two acre property that fronts Niton Undercliff, overlooking Reeth Bay at the southern tip of the Isle of Wight. The landscape is diverse unmanaged wild forest and scrub, with abundant wildlife thriving in this special micro climate. The homestead is under continuous development and with ever changing and evolving ground research in practice; work is consistently in progress to develop more efficient and productive systems.
“The only ethical decision
is to take responsibility for
our existence and that of our children”
We practise subsistence gardening as an alternative to the money consumer lifestyle,
Thick mulches cover our soils, no cultivation, mostly perennial crops like trees, shrubs, climbers and other perennial plants are mixed in such a way as to mimic the structure of a natural young forest, which requires little human input.
Permaculture is a ” design system for sustainable human habitats that supply human needs in an environmentally enhancing way”. Permaculture is all about functional design – ways to maximise productivity and abundance, while minimising effort, by working with nature, rather than against it.
SELF RELIANT CHICKENS
We have observed that chickens and humans can thrive by offering greater autonomy, to move from passive consumer to forager revolutionises not just individuals but the whole tribe.
I am fascinated with the natural world, its ability to create abundant ecological systems is inspiring and worthy of imitation. If we were to replace the commercial scarcity model imposed upon us and instead adopt a transition of abundance, we would discover a much more harmonious and meaningful life. Why don’t we all live within abundant communities where we can obtain essential requirements from gardens and the land around us? It is the commercial interests of Governments and a wealthy few that shape our social arrangement to best obtain tax and profits. We are deprived of the moral decision as to how we should live our own lives, and instead are ruled, fed, clothed and educated as a social unit.
The scarcity model is nothing new, it is woven so well into the industrial fabric that its very hard to identify, here are a few examples.
Formal gardens surround our homes, which were originally conceived by the wealthy establishment in an effort to demonstrate control over nature and there people. Using abundant design and working with nature, we can establish thriving food forest gardens that look and feel great, and produce fantastic food at the same time.
All naturally abundant systems exist because of water, lots of it, and it falls out of the sky for free. Imagine money falling from the sky and allowing it to escape without harvesting and putting it to use. As a society we don’t collect rain water in meaningful amounts for domestic purposes, even underground tanks in small gardens are just one of the options.
We currently design our houses and structures in primitive ways, without thoughtful design of energy management we inevitably follow the path to centralised systems as if its been designed. A properly designed house passively regulates itself and requires little or no central energy inputs.
We can choose to liberate ourselves from the hard grip of the capitalist economy by peacefully transforming how we obtain food, energy and water. We can change our future by merely changing our attitude, if we believe we are victims of the state we will confirm these believes. Replace envy with emulation and luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
Everything you do in your own life will makes more of a difference to the world than politics or business ever will.
Food, energy and water can be grown or harvested anywhere and you don’t need to own land to do it. There are so many options, from allotments or micro gardens to large scale smallholdings and farms. At Permaculture Island we demonstrate just a few of the possibilities that are infinitely scalable of abundant design to help inspire people to transform there lives no matter of location.
more to follow soon..
Victoria lodge, Castlehaven lane, Niton, Isle Of Wight, po382nb