The political process breaks down, things fall apart, doom hangs heavy in the air… and the NYTimes, ever sensitive to changes in the zeitgeist, moves from sharing tips on “stem-to-root cooking” (That’s Not Trash, That’s Dinner) to a primer on permaculture:
As a way to save the world, digging a ditch next to a hillock of sheep dung would seem to be a modest start. Granted, the ditch was not just a ditch. It was meant to be a “swale,” an earthwork for slowing the flow of water down a slope on a hobby farm in western Wisconsin.
And the trenchers, far from being day laborers, had paid $1,300 to $1,500 for the privilege of working their spades on a cement-skied Tuesday morning in late June.
Fourteen of us had assembled to learn permaculture, a simple system for designing sustainable human settlements, restoring soil, planting year-round food landscapes, conserving water, redirecting the waste stream, forming more companionable communities and, if everything went according to plan, turning the earth’s looming resource crisis into a new age of happiness.
It was going to have to be a pretty awesome ditch…
(Garden Chat and awesome reader pics later this evening; just wanted to share this as a virtual palate-cleanser.)