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Permaculture: Green economy takes root in Highland Park

michael cousins

White Flower Permaculture is an ecological approach to designing a self-maintaining garden modeled from natural ecosystems, maximizing the distribution of rainwater and growth potential through alignment with sun exposure and wind. "Permaculture teaches us to read landscapes," Ayers says. "How can we position things in the environment to maximize efficiency? That’s what permaculture is all about: creating relationships within an environment that mimic the natural systems that are found in nature."

The krater garten on Candler Street can grow hundreds of pounds of food, Ayers says. "What’s really different about this system is that it's passively irrigated." The mound elevation and excavation of the hole catch and store water. Vegetables are placed in places where they will have maximum yield. Two lot-sized krater gartens could provide enough vegetables to feed a block of residents, Ayers says. The site also has a plastic-covered hoop greenhouse for winter growing and aquaculture. READ MORE AT MODEL D