Come unity. The laws that function to manipulate energy on Earth will not allow human communities to continue working against the forces of earth. At the rate that Americans and other populations are consuming earth’s resources, we as a species will soon be challenged to reconsider our technology and return to more appropriate means of living. The laws being broken can be simply defined as the devine thread that holds this beautiful sacred place together or can be categorized into physics, math, chemistry, biology, antrhoplogy etc.. The laws scientists have worked so hard to discover over the past 200 years has done nothing to get our communities closer together and our planet healthy, science itself has proven only the contrary. Community law is always an influence. It is within the social and political construct of science and religion that we must find the synergy that hold us together close to the patterns of Earth.
Permaculture (Permanent Agri-Culture) is the conscious design and maintenance of cultivated ecosystems which have the diversity, stability & resilience of natural ecosystems. Permaculture is the harmonious integration of landscape, people & appropriate technologies, providing good, shelter, energy & other needs in a sustainable way. Permaculture is a philosophy and an approach to land use which works with natural rhythms & patterns, weaving together the elements of microclimate, annual & perennial plants, animals, water & soil management, & human needs into intricately connected & productive communities.
HIGH DESERT ECOLOGY
Specific Dryland techniques that you can implement in your yard include adding rain water catchment barrels at each downspout for use in areas with high water demands. Fire Ecology and the bark beetle are factors of the high desert environment that have been neglected for some time. Along with cyclical drought patterns, the desert is alive and evolving like all other life, we must work to be close and observe what changes are occurring. To save and propel the area around our own being is where this connection must begin. Shading, rock sponges, water catchment, swales, gabions and guild plantings will all help our personal space come closer to a natural system. These techniques also give humans a connection to the earth that will work to a global benefit. In the way that each aspect is preserving and conserving the natural system with the least amount of impact. Composting is and will be a vital practice in re-gaining the vigor and life force of areas where other human practices have been less sustainable. Re-initating a mutualistic relationship between the land and its inhabitants must begin with the family unit. Composting is one way that a family can use waste products to enhance and perpetuate the natural cycles. Sheet composting is simply stuffing our food waste in between layers of straw hay, manure and cardboard (no ink). Keep in mind that in the high desert it is difficult to have healthy soil quickly because of low amounts of water, high wind and sun exposure. Compost has a few required elements in order to be beneficial and worth our time. A Carbon source, a Nitrogen source and enough oxygen is a good start. Two other great ideas would be to shade the compost with squash or fabric, and start a worm bin. When these factors are in place, the compost will do its job with minimal effort. Natural building techniques and ecologically mindful development will prove to be vital in the coming years. It is the responsibility of land owners and developers to bring in intelligence that is focused on the continuum of wholistic health for the community and the planet. This means becoming active in a new vision of what living on this planet means.
Many energetic sources will help to guide us into a thrivable future. For example the energy of the sun and wind can be converted into consumptive means for humans, and has been done so for a long time. However, we still need petroleum to make solar panels and our wind generators are also manufactured through much processing and suffering for our home. Our vision must be collaborative, patient and focused in order to be in balance with all that is.
Plant guilds and terracing are a desert peoples friends when it comes to providing stability for your family and community. Also having many sources of income and food are key. Knowing how to store, can, process and keep food safe and edible will prove invaluable for the next generation, taking into consideration the food supply estimates over the next 20 years.