september 2011

Reading for:

Permaculture Design Course for Women
Instructed by Lea Harrison
30 October - 12 November 2011
The Channon, NSW

permaculture two

'Standing at the centre, or sitting at your back doorstep, all you need to live a good life lies about you. Sun, wind, people, buildings, stones, sea, birds and plants surround you. Co-operation with all these things makes harmony, opposition to them brings dissonance and chaos. Fukuoka speaks of mahayana, of farming as sacred work in the service of nature, of how people of all religions are attracted to his farm, and his philosophy of natural living and growing, of making no difference between oneself and the world, (for there is no difference, but we can know this only by not wanting to know about it). All we can do is assist in the complexity of life...'

Permaculture Two: Practical Design for Town and Country in Permanent Agriculture
Bill Mollison
Tagari 1979

teaming with microbes

'Your yard's soil is in large part a product of weathering. Weathering is the sum impact of all the natural forces that decay rocks. These forces can be physical, chemical, or biological. To begin, the mere action of wind, rain, snow, sun and cold (along with glacial grinding, bumps along river beds, scrapes against other rocks, and rolls in ocean waves and stream currents) physical breaks rocks down into tiny mineral particles and starts the process of soil formation.'

Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web
Jeff Lowenfels & Wayne Lewis
Timber Press 2010
p. 29