Permaculture at March Meeting

Permaculture Thinking Creates Solutions
Speaker: Chris Gore
Old Alabama Town Herb Society, Tuesday, March 21, 6:00 p.m., OAT Loeb Reception Center, 301 Columbus St., Montgomery, AL 36104

Chris Gore Permaculture“Over six years ago I decided I was going to do some landscaping at my new home. I had never heard of permaculture design nor did I know just how awful my soil was at the time. It turns out a sandy hill void of topsoil comes with challenges. Adding to those challenges was the high acidity from all the surrounding pine trees that are a staple in southern monoculture forestry land. So without much observation I dug six holes and filled them using four encore azaleas and two peach trees. The peach trees I planted almost immediately died regardless of the care I gave. By the next year all but two of the azaleas followed suit and decided not to live. With such a low return on investment I stopped planting. I stopped trying to grow. It did not make sense to buy more plants just to watch them die…That’s when the idea of making the problem the solution made sense and applying this new way of thinking to my life and plantings began to close the loop of my well being. Now I spend a lot of time, energy, and money creating great soil. I no longer see it as a liability but rather as a priceless asset.”

Sustainable Agriculture

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The Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network

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ASAN’s mission is to support conservation practices, families who grow and consume natural food and fiber, and the communities where they live.

COMPANY OVERVIEW
The Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network (ASAN) is a grassroots network of farmers, consumers, and agriculture-related organizations, all committed to promoting sustainable agriculture in Alabama. We define “Sustainable Agriculture” as farming that supports families and communities while conserving natural resources.