“What does permaculture look like in real life? Nestled in southeast Calgary is one of the city’s original thriving permaculture projects – our home!
We featured Curtis Stone’s urban farming method a few weeks ago — How to Make $100,000 Farming 1/2 Acre You Don’t Own. This farming/gardening method had a big impact on me and readers of this blog, so I thought I’d show this video of his urban farm. It’s very impressive. Most farmers don’t make six figure incomes on half or third of an acre.
“Two plant geeks, one-tenth of an acre and the making of an edible garden oasis in the city
Jonathan and Eric and their families manage a 1/10 acre urban backyard garden in Holyoke, Massachusetts. This edible landscape features little-used edible native plants as well as useful species from around the world. Over forty species of fruit and seventy perennials with edible leaves make for a long season of foraging.
“The Dervaes family grows over 400 species of plants, 4,300 pounds of vegetable food, 900 chicken and 1,000 duck eggs, 25 lbs of honey, plus seasonal fruits throughout the year on their urban lot.
“John from Growing Your Greens.com (one of the top YouTube gardening channels with over 248,000 subscribers) goes on a field trip to visit Dr. Bob Randall’s Permaculture Food Forest in suburban Houston, Texas. In this .28 acre lot Bob grows over 150 varieties of fruit trees, a raised bed vegetable garden and more.
“Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne have been farming their yard in Los Angeles for over a decade. In addition to a mini orchard and extensive veggie garden, they have all the instruments of an urban homestead: chickens, bees, rainwater capture, DIY greywater, solar fruit preserver, humanure toilet, rocket stove, adobe oven. But they don’t like to talk about sustainability of self-sufficiency, instead they prefer the term self-reliance.