Rob Meyer wrote:I live in NJ, the most densely populated state in the country, in a city too. It's not the most populated city by any means (actually, it might be the least populated city in the state), but I've been learning about and trying to apply permaculture for several years now. There's a group of people who are meeting in my town to integrate permaculture into our overall plan for the future, th rough the Transition Town model. Also, there's quite a vibrant and up and coming permaculture community throughout the state, and most of it centers around the urban areas, including new brunswick, jersey city, belleville, camden. Not to mention the fact that philly and new york have frequent permaculture events and several permaculture projects that I'm aware of.
It's not just about going back to the land. It's primarily a way of designing things (any and all things, including technology, cities, whatever) that models itself after ecology, focusing on the relationships between things instead of each individual component. So for a city, you don't view sewage as a substance that should be taken as far away as possible to be treated by chemicals, but rather look at the sewage itself for a function it could provide to some other useful element that might be desired, such as fuel (methane), fertilizer for plants, or possibly even using plants themselves to treat the waste. The ideal in permaculture would be to install composting toilets in every housing unit, which could then be harvested once safe for use, and used to grow food on the roof and balconies of the building. This turns an expensive waste disposal process into a useful resource. That's one of the main ideas behind permaculture, produce no waste, just like a healthy ecosystem.
Matt Leigh wrote:Is anyone else in my situation. I want to live in harmony with nature while my wife wants to live the standard Mid-western suburban lifestyle. She wants to keep the lawn while I want to whole yard to be a garden. I would rather live in the country and she wants to live next to the mall. I want chickens goats and bees while she wants a de-clawed indoor cat. Any advise on how we can live in harmony? (Please no "get a divorce" responses since that is out of the question)