Alexis Allen

Permaculture

Let's set some parameters: We agree that the philosophies and economic theories developed in humanism are great, but are not without flaw. We agree that the planet is valuable. We agree that we want people to be content.

Let's bring back the kitchen garden.

We need to find a way to increase food production again. The last time we figured out how to increase food production, the innovation led to where we are now: massive, centralized, industrial agriculture and agronomy. It's fine. I think we need a grassroots counterpart, a crowdsourced contribution.

My goal is individual. I want to cultivate my barely 0.25 acre in a suburb of Seattle, Washington into a sustaining, working ecosystem that retains, if not outright increases the value of my property. I also have no desire of creating the appearance of a glossy "lifestyle," or become an influencer. This is not my job. I have a job. I love my job! I plan on using the hell out of my professional skills for this project.

Why would anyone want to follow along? Beats me. There are so many really amazing resources online, you don't need me.

Maybe this is for my family. They're very sweet. I mean, one of the things I find so frustrating about the Internet is how mass market it's become. Driving engagement, building audiences... listen, the point of these tools is to make it easy to connect with people you love. More people should use them that way. If some stranger with a common interest also wants to tag along, great. Otherwise: Hi, Mom!

But whatever, I'm not here to blog. Let's do a quick tour of the project, using the Principles of Permaculture.

The Principles of Permaculture?!

Yes.


  1. Observe & Interact
  2. Catch & Store Energy
  3. Obtain a Yield
  4. Apply Self-Regulation & Accept Feedback
  5. Use & Value Renewable Resources
  6. Produce No Waste
  7. Design from Patterns to Details
  8. Integration over Segregation
  9. Small & Slow Solutions
  10. Use & Value Diversity
  11. Value the Edges
  12. Creatively Respond to Change