Lawns to Gardens

Lawn Island Farms, whose mission is to turn Suburban Lawns to Suburban Gardens, was founded by Jim and Rosette Adams in New York, United States. Born and raised in Uganda, Rosette was used to cooking meals straight from the garden, as opposed to purchased from a grocery store. To Rosette, learning that Americans didn’t grow…

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Swale: Food Forest on a New York River

An old barge, once used for hauling sand to construction sites, was given new life in 2016 when artist Mary Mattingly founded Swale – a “floating” public food forest funded through a grant from A Blade of Grass. Swale – A Floating Food Forest The forest’s landscape design is inspired by edible forestry, permaculture, and…

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The Controversial Third Ethic of Permaculture

Permaculture’s core is rooted in the philosophy’s adherence to three equal ethics. The first two, Earth Care and People Care, have been widely accepted by the community for what they are – straight-forward and logical. The third ethic, however, has been the subject of some debate among permaculture practitioners for many years. In fact, the…

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Permaculture: An Australian Concept, Globally Embraced

Gardeners and farmers around the world have welcomed the Australian concept of Permaculture – but outside of these circles, the philosophy has yet to be fully embraced by the rest of nation. Described by co-founder of permaculture, David Holmgren, the idea is to create “consciously designed landscapes which mimic the patterns and relationships found in…

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