Greening the Desert (Food Forest)

Geoff Lawton’s permaculture work brings so much hope to communities devastated by droughts..  Permaculture is an intelligently designed garden.   Once established it requires the least amount of watering and maintenance of all gardening types.   Here is one of the most inspiring videos on this form of sustainable gardening I have ever seen:

Greening The Desert

Regenerative and Perennial Agriculture for Climate Stabilization

My dream is to see these wonderful gardening principles applied to our Valley.   Here is an example of permaculture techniques applied to a Southern California inner city neighborhood, “Getting Dirty with Green Grounds.”

I think the stretch of unused land on the west side of Ramona Expressway between Florida and Cedar Avenues would be an ideal location for a food forest like the one in shown in “Greening the Desert.”  The block wall would help block some of the drying winds and can be a ballast for vines.     The land is accessible from the Stater Brother’s parking lot,  and there is also enough shoulder on Ramona Expressway for people to safely park their cars.   It is also accessible for companies to dump their tree trimmings, manure, grass clippings, leaves, and other fabulous soil amendments.

Additional Resources

Unfortunately, the library has no resources on permaculture.   If enough folks request it, we could have Geoff Lawton’s permaculture workshops [DVD].

Permies:  Goofballs That Are Nuts About Permaculture

Permaculture Principles

The Man Who Stopped the Desert (documentary)

At the time of this posting, the nearest FREE Meet Up groups that focus on permaculture gardening techniques are:

Permaculture – San Diego

Organic, Edible Gardening in Orange County

Mountain Communities Group – “BACK TO EDEN shares the story of one man’s lifelong journey, walking… and learning how to get back to the simple, productive methods of sustainable provision that were given to man in the garden of Eden. The organic growing system that has resulted from Paul Gautschi’s incredible experiences has garnered the interest of visitors from around the world. However, never until now have Paul’s methods been documented and shared like this!”

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Elzéard Bouffier is a fictional person. The goal was to make trees likeable,
or more specifically, make planting trees likeable.
Jean Giono, author of “The Man Who Planted Trees


About Hemet Sunshine

I am a homeschooling mom living in Hemet, California. I am interested in building a better community for the ones I love.
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5 Responses to Greening the Desert (Food Forest)

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  3. matt says:

    thanks for the info, i am also in love with permaculture and from hemet i would love to see a food forest anywhere in are valley.

    • If you find a food forest in the valley PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I know I am not the only one that dreams of a better Hemet-San Jacinto Valley. We have so much potential with our ideal weather and ideal location. I am just flabbergasted at the lack of inspired works here. I launched this blog for many reasons, one being the wish to find my people. Thanks for speaking up, Matt. It encourages me to put more time into the blog.

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