Permaculture

Permaculture at ifarm

Photo credit - Eric Roth Photography

Permaculture landscaping is based on a working partnership with natures’ cycles to create colorfully vibrant, bountiful gardens, while protecting our environment. The three-acre permaculture garden at ifarm began in 2012 in conjunction with Landscapes by Lillabeth, LLC. The garden was thoughtfully designed based on the twelve principles of permaculture as described by David Holmgren.

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.

What are the Permaculture Ethics?

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.

Fair Share

The world has finite resources. By respecting natural limits with creativity, we can provide for ourselves and the future.

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater swale
Photo Credit: Faleen Wies

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

Garden Gallery

Carefully arranged organic elements form one amazing garden.

The images below reflect the process and product of permaculture at ifarm.

Care for the earth. Fair share. Care for people.