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ReGardening Eden - Establishing Permanent Sustenance Gardens

A permanent sustenance garden is a garden that naturally renews and regenerates itself through reseeding and sending out shoots and starts all on its own with little human intervention other than harvesting it's bounty. It is a garden that tends itself, waters itself, tills itself, weeds itself, composts itself, becoming ever more lush and abundant year after year. This garden provides sustenance for humans, habitat for wildlife and restores the balance essential for addressing climate and pollution issues.

View an example of one permanent sustenance garden here.

What obstacles to establishing these gardens can you identify?

Please comment below.

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Comment by Jared Golub on March 6, 2010 at 9:49pm
Good old human greed has got to be the biggest obstacle. Even if some people were able to manufacture such an "Eden," what would there be to stop others from intruding, from plundering everything?
Comment by Chris Breslin on March 6, 2010 at 10:09pm
I think this is a great idea. Getting people to grow their own food in a sustainable way is the future. The obstacles I see are educating the public on the health & monetary benefits.

And if an entire community was using a garden like this, you can be sure there would be some self-monitoring setup to prevent thieving.
Comment by The Garden Earth Project on March 6, 2010 at 10:26pm
@Jared Golub I see on your profile that you are studying nano engineering. It is no wonder then, that you would refer to "manufacturing" such an Eden. Actually, I think of it more as growing. The amazing thing about nature is that if we humans get out of it's way and allow it to replenish itself naturally, it actually does quite a good job of it without much help from us.

I agree with you that human greed is a huge issue we must contend with. I also agree that the "intruding" and "plundering" which are related to human greed are issues as well. I am compiling a list of these issues. Look for further discussion of them in my future blogs!

@Chris Breslin Yes, lack of education on the benefits of these gardens is also an obstacle. Once again the "thieving" issue, which is related to the "intruding" and "plundering". I appreciate your assistance, helping me build my list of issues to address!
Comment by Ken Walling on March 6, 2010 at 10:37pm
As I understand it, there are groups of people in New York City who plant community gardens together, and share the fruits of their labor with each other. They are no doubt a far cry from being able to produce enough food to be "self sufficient"; but, every step in the right direction brings us closer to our goal.
Comment by The Garden Earth Project on March 6, 2010 at 10:59pm
@Ken Walling Yes, urban environments present their own unique challenges. Having enough gardening space to provide for the population is one of them. Contamination from pollutants due to vehicles and industrial practices is another. Having enough water is an issue as well.

Like you said, every step brings us closer to our goals, and organizing communities to produce food together, even in small quantities, is progress!
Comment by Crystal Bellar on March 6, 2010 at 11:14pm
One of the largest problems with these gardens is the amount of space to feed one person! Unfortunately, agricultural farming provides more perperson on less land with higher yields.
Carring Capacity is a pretty scary concept. But, these are important ! :)
Comment by Crystal Bellar on March 6, 2010 at 11:21pm
I take my last comment back slightly. I think I'd have to research more to see.

Very cool.
Comment by The Garden Earth Project on March 6, 2010 at 11:25pm
@Crystal Beller It is a misconception that a permanent sustenance garden requires more space to feed a person. Actually quite the contrary. They are far more productive. I am currently engaged in transitioning 2.5 acres of agricultural production land into a permanent garden in order to demonstrate this principle. The current yield on this land is .57 lbs. per square foot. I believe we can increase that yield substantially over the course of the next 3 years. I believe we will be able to double, maybe even quadruple it this year.

There are also many issues on the land that include salting, contamination from irrigation water, and pests. I believe we will be able to remediate these issues successfully as well.

Gardening of course, takes time, so the evidence won't be fully available for a few seasons. Stay tuned :)
Comment by The Garden Earth Project on March 6, 2010 at 11:26pm
@Crystal Bellar lol, you took your comment back as I was writing my response :)

I appreciate your comments - they are wonderful points for discussion!
Comment by Jared Golub on March 6, 2010 at 11:38pm
Actually, I'm nowhere near that intelligent. I have no idea what "nano engineering" would entail and I only use the word "manufacture" to make myself sound smarter. I think you're doing great work, but I'm a cynic. I'm a also a huge Batman fan. And I can't stop thinking of Alfred in The Dark Knight as he says, "Some people just want to see the world burn." Changing our hunter/gatherer culture is a two part process, and the second part involves making everyone on earth read a copy of Ishmael.


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