In the book of Genesis, Yah planted a garden or “enclosure” eastward in Eden. Adam or humanity was placed in this “Garden of Eden,” to dress and to keep it -to cultivate, protect, guard and preserve this enclosure meant for ultimate human sustainability and growth, without plant, animal or environment exploitation.
Humankind, animals and plants are meant to live in harmony with one another. Man’s job is to enhance, develop and preserve the best ecology and ecosystem for the places he inhabits, for all to benefit. However, The rich and those who would gain more power and resources have destroyed this idea of harmony and balance and has exploited the land and its resources. Is it possible for man and animal to live in harmony? Is it possible to cultivate enough food to feed thousands of people without stripping the land of nutrients? Yes! It is possible, through a form of agriculture called Permaculture.
The word, permaculture is a term coined by, Bill Mollison, who defined it as:
“The conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive systems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of the landscape with people providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. This approach guides us to mimic the patterns and relationships we can find in nature and can be applied to all aspects of human habitation, from agriculture to ecological building, from appropriate technology to education and even economics.
Each year the COI Buffalo Community strives to practice these principles in experimental farming projects. This year, we intend to develop permaculture guilds in our mini orchard. We currently grow cherry, pear, plum and apricot trees along with red and black raspberry, elderberry and goji berry bushes.
A guild is a permaculture technique in which a combination of plants works together to enhance production of a primary crop. In this case, our primary crop is the cherry tree. The plants work together to build a healthier fruit tree that may be more resistant to pests and disease, and will hopefully produce more cherries, too!
Support species in a fruit tree guild are planted under the fruit tree, typically within the drip line. The drip line marks the perimeter of the tree’s farthest reaching branch. The guild plants are chosen for their ability to provide fertilizer, mulch, attract pollinators, and/or deter pests. Often, a chosen plant will provide more than one function, reducing the number of plants needed underneath the fruit tree branches when the tree is fully grown.
We encourage all our community members around the world to reconnect to the Divine through nature! You can learn more about permaculture here: permacultureprinciples.com.
Shana Tovah! Have a Good Year!