This video from the University of Earth sees the team speaking with the ex-gardener of John Turner and we learn about the wonderful permaculture project that he is working on. The permaculture idea is to really import the organic lifestyle into the home and actually integrate nature fully into your way of life. To add to this permaculture can be seen as a way of living that is even more eco-friendly than simple organic living.
Organic Farming promotes the use of natural fertilisers, making use of the natural carbon cycle so that waste from plants becomes the food (fertiliser) of another. In organic farming however, as with ALL farming, minerals are being lost from the farm every time a truck load of produce is carted to market.
The Ideal Permaculture ‘Farm’ brings production of food closer to consumers and the consumer’s wastes back into the cycle. It also reduces the energy wasted in transporting the foods by producing the foods where the people are. In permaculture, the people contribute in their daily life toward the production of their food and other needs. As you can tell it is more of a way of life as compared to an organic farming project.
This particular project that we are guided through in the video is a 100% recyclable project. Moreover the project actually goes out into the townships and meets with local people to teach them the skills they need totally free. As the guide tells us he and his group have taught thousands of local people in three month cycles. The people can learn everything from trench bedding, compost making and planting. It is projects like this that are really making a difference in Africa. In the near future the guide tells us that the whole of Cape Town will be able to grow food using these organic methods.
We finish with the wonderful guide telling us about a compost experiment that he did using local compost and other shop bought compost. He says that his compost was far more productive for the tomato plants that flourished because it is full of more nutrients. This video is a very interesting and unique look into a permaculture environment that functions successfully and is not easy to find.
By Alex Mitchison