i have recently moved away from Alice Springs and am residing in rural Victoria. I don’t see myself having much time for things like websites so there won’t any lively activity going on here. But since i have it, i might as well put something here. It just might take me a while.
There are plenty of creative people making websites and other resources for you to find out more about permaculture than you can take! Some of my favourites are
www.permaculture.org www.milkwood.net www.holmgren.com.au/ www.tagari.com/
Information is, and should be, free (open source). What is not usually free is time and resources. The idea of Underground Permaculture is to help filter the available free information, advise what is useful, adapt and implement that useful information and apply it to your situation (your goals, priorities, energies and spaces).
Underground Permaculture is all about helping you implement the ideas and practice of permaculture – permanent human-sustaining cultures and environments. Growing food close to where we live is one of the most important aspects of sustaining ourselves. Permaculture design aims to sustainably maximise productivity with minimal energy inputs. The goal is to create food-producing-systems that provide for as many of their own needs as possible, and producing a surplus to provide for our needs too.
The name Underground Permaculture reflects that the ‘foundation’ for growing a productive system “UP”, must begin underground. Without a complex underground ecology, you will not achieve a diverse and productive ecology above ground, especially in desert regions. By way on analogy, if you want a food tree you can depend on, you need to consider the ecological life that tree needs to depend on, and the environment that ecological life needs to depend on.
With an overall design and plan in place, and underground strategies taken care of, a sustainably productive system is achievable almost anywhere.