At ifarm, we apply Holmgren’s ideas to support the environment and serve the community. The garden utilizes a variety of plants to provide the soil with
a multitude of services, such as contributing nutrients or creating natural mulch. Our permaculture garden contains fruit trees, berry shrubs, both perennial and annual vegetables, herbs, and flowers. The herbaceous layer consists of both medicinal and culinary herbs, which are used in the making of ifarm organic herbal products. We currently offer educational workshops that demonstrate farming and gardening methods that harmonize with Mother Nature, restore ecology, and yield harvests of food.
By working together with nature, the permaculturist can achieve abundant organic crop yields while supporting the local community and ecosystem. Permaculture is rooted in the following three ethics.
Care of the Earth
Humans can only flourish if the natural ecosystems we rely on are healthy. Permaculture creates an environment where all species can thrive.
Care of the People
Permaculture provides communities with access to the nutrient-rich resources necessary for health.
The world has finite resources. By respecting natural limits with creativity, we can provide for ourselves and the future.
Shown above is a rainwater collection system under construction. Collecting rainwater provides an independent water supply during periods of water restriction. In developed countries it can be used to supplement the main supply. Home rainwater collection systems can be relatively simple to install and operate and may even reduce your water bill. Collecting surplus water will:
provide water during droughts
prevent flooding of low-lying areas
replenish groundwater table
conserve water and energy
reduce storm water erosion
provides for landscape irrigation
reduce contamination by salinity, sediment, metals and chemicals
Carefully arranged organic elements form one amazing garden.
The images below reflect the process and product of permaculture at ifarm.