We need to recognize that sustainable systems are more likely to emerge from an intimate partnership with nature, rather than applications of natural design principles within the confines of the technosphere.
Holmgren uses an analogy generally reserved for business, comparing renewable resources to INCOME and non-renewables as CAPITAL ASSETS. Successful investors strive to live off their interest rather than the capital, and so I've spent May exploring what exactly my asset base is here and what 'revenue' or income my property is generating, and how I can increase that. Activities included:
- Digging trenches to manage my water flow through the property reducing erosion to save my soil and capturing more water to irrigate gardens
- Digging out terraces from the slopes of the side yard to create a vegetable and fruit garden
- Taking stones and boulders from said excavations to create steps and walls in key places to, again, manage the flow of resources through the property.
The neighbors are (hopefully?) becoming accustomed to the strange lady at the end of the street with the green Honda stopping by on alternate weeks to ask what's in their yard waste bags, asking a few questions about chemical use on their properties, and taking their waste back to her garden. A few ask me if I want things before going to the trouble of bagging it up. The fella next door often just chucks 'approved' materials over the fence into my designated drop spot. My hope is they will be inspired by the changes in my landscape & start seeing their own 'yard waste' as a resource...right about the time my own place is generating enough that I need to bring it in.