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Permaculture is a practical design philosophy intended to help us live and prosper in an environment, while working with nature in a positive way, using solutions based on careful observation of natural ecosystems and common sense.



  • Hügelkultur - A mound garden bed made of nothing wood covered with other compostables and dirt. Requires no digging, tilling, watering (except in droughts), or fertilizing.
  • Keyhole garden - A raised bed incorporating an active compost bin in the center, removing the need for fertilizing. Designed to work even in harsh climates and with poor soil.
  • Ruth Stout method - Also called “no work gardening,” it only requires a thick layer of hay or another mulch over your seeds and… that's it. No digging, tilling, watering, or fertilizing, and the weeding process is easy and rare.
  • Herb spiral - A very productive and time-efficient raised garden design, creating a series of different micro-climates perfect for a variety of herbs.
  • Three Sisters - A traditional Iroquois technique where corn, squash, and beans are planted together, increasing production of all three while reducing labor and material input.
  • Food Forests - a video (14 mins) exploring how to grow 200 perennial vegetables in the cold climate of Massachusetts, on one tenth of an acre.


Simple foods to grow at home


Sprouts are very easy to grow at home. Alfalfa seeds, mung beans, chickpeas and many others provide great nutrition while costing very little and taking almost no time at all to get started.

Soak the seeds / beans in water overnight, then put them (damp) into a clean jam jar and rinse at least every day. They should start sprouting pretty quickly and can be eaten after a few days (at whatever stage you want really). If kept in the fridge once ready, they should keep longer as it slows their growth.

Be aware of salmonella and E. coli: unclean practices and leaving the sprouts too long without rinsing increases the likelihood of getting food poisoning. Keep jam jars clean and rinse the sprouts often.



Afforestation is the establishment of a forest or stand of trees in an area where there was no previous tree cover.


Vertical Farming and Hydroponics


Water Management


Guerilla Gardening






  • Add resources on keeping goats here.


  • Add resources on veganism here.


  • Farm Hack - A worldwide skill share among farmers who build and modify their own tools.
  • Global Village Construction Set - A number of open-source machine designs for farming, and all the other foundations and comforts of modern life.

Preservation and Preparation

Techniques and Equipment



  • Add resources on canning here.
food_farming.txt · Last modified: 2019/02/22 03:09 by teslas_moustache