Last year, the permaculture park team successfully raised over $4000 toward phase two development projects including an herb spiral, black locust arbors, raised beds and permanent interpretive signage. Below you will find the proposed text for each of seven signs. We would like your feedback! Please send remarks to jd285@cornell.edu

 

Proposed Text for Permaculture Park Signs

Herb Spiral

An herb spiral is a mounded, spiral-shaped rock garden that is ideal for growing herbs. Different microclimates are created by the spiral shape. Large rocks help hold the heat and improve drainage. These two herb spirals are planted with both culinary and medicinal herbs.

 

Plants for Pollinators

Plants that provide food for pollinators such as bees, butterflies and other insects are an important part of permaculture landscapes. These perennials and shrubs have nectar-producing flowers that feed insects in spring and summer, and some of them also produce seeds that feed birds in fall and winter.

The Three Ethics of Permaculture

Earthcare – Care of the Earth means many things to many people. From the gardener composting in their backyard, adding that compost to their garden beds and improving the soil to the environmental justice activist organizing with others to blockade a pipeline in order to protect the climate; actions big and small are equally important when it comes to caring for our precious planet

 

Peoplecare – Care of People is essential to maintaining healthy communities. We can nourish bodies and our families with healthy fresh produce. We can spend time in the fresh air working in our gardens and getting plenty of exercise while also reducing stress. We can spend time with our loved ones and nourish our minds and spirits with love and affection, deep conversations and fun times.

 

Fairshare – Sharing our surplus helps others in our community who have less resources. Our surplus can come in the form of extra produce from our gardens donated to a local food pantry, can be the spare time we spend helping elders do their shopping or volunteering at the local soup kitchen, or it could be talents and time dedicated to social justice causes.

 

Use Edges and Value the Marginal

An edge is where two different environments meet, such as a forest becoming a field, or the banks of a river, or a strip of grass between the sidewalk and the street. There tends to be a greater diversity of resources available on the edges and plant and animal diversity is greater as well. These margins are highly dynamic, containing species from each habitat as well as unique species that aren’t found in either. Replicating this effect in a garden leads to an enhanced biological community that has greater diversity and productivity.

 

Gardening like Nature

A very important concept of permaculture is to design plantings of species that have mutually supportive roles. For instance a large fruit tree at the center of grouping is surrounded by plants that fix nitrogen, accumulate nutrients from deep in the soil, attract beneficial and predatory insects, ones that repel insect and rodent pests, and other plants that provide large amounts of biomass for mulch.

 

What is permaculture anyway?

Permaculture, or permanent agriculture, is a system of design that was conceptualized based on observations of the natural world and the sustainable practices of indigenous cultures. Who emphasizes perennial, edible and utilitarian plants. It also promotes the use of consensus decision making processes, cooperative social and business models and the use of appropriate technologies.

 

The Global Garden

This vegetable garden has varieties from around the globe and represents the diversity of our community. Here you will find peppers from Thailand, kale from Russia, okra from Africa, potatoes from Peru and amaranth from Mexico.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s