Permaculture Principles Of Waterboxx Planting
Permaculture, a contraction of 'permanent agriculture' is a system of planting food crops in cooperation with the natural world. Developed by David Holmgren and Bill Mollison, Australian researchers, in the 1970s, permaculture has 12 core principles, as expounded in Holmgren's book Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability available here.
12 Design Principles Of Permaculture
- Observe and interact: By taking time to engage with nature we can design solutions that suit our particular situation.
- Catch and store energy: By developing systems that collect resources at peak abundance, we can use them in times of need.
- Obtain a yield: Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work that you are doing.
- Apply self-regulation and accept feedback: We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well.
- Use and value renewable resources and services: Make the best use of nature's abundance to reduce our consumptive behavior and dependence on non-renewable resources.
- Produce no waste: By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes to waste.
- Design from patterns to details: By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society. These can form the backbone of our designs, with the details filled in as we go.
- Integrate rather than segregate: By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between those things and they work together to support each other.
- Use small and slow solutions: Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and producing more sustainable outcomes.
- Use and value diversity: Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides.
- Use edges and value the marginal: The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system.
- Creatively use and respond to change: We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing, and then intervening at the right time.
Permaculture And The Waterboxx - Innovations Inspired By Nature
The Waterboxx was designed by using the principles that inspired permaculture, and can be used to grow garden plants and vegetables according to the principles of permaculture. The Waterboxx was designed by observing the ways nature naturally plants seeds (by covering them with bird droppings) and collects scarce water (through harvesting, storing of water from the air and preventing its evaporation). Rather than fighting nature (for example, by pumping water from the ground against gravity for irrigation), the Waterboxx allows you to cooperate with nature, ensuring a harvest with significantly less energy expended. Also, by allowing small scale solutions that can be utilized by the average homeowner (or even renter with a patio, rooftop or community garden spot), the Waterboxx allows people to grow their own food, reducing the carbon emissions of long distance food transport. The intimate connection with the garden the Waterboxx enables also encourages other permaculture techniques, including composting, utilization of mycorrhizae (helpful root fungus to increase absorption of water and nutrients) and companion planting in the unused corners around the Waterboxx.
What Is Dew Harvest Doing To Change The World?
As you can see on our social responsibility page, we have devoted almost a decade of unused computer time to humanitarian causes. We have inaugurated an annual sequoia planting trip, where the company or its members donate sequoias to be planted by donated Waterboxxes. Was have currently planted over 35 sequoias over 3 states!