Matt Smaus wrote:
If you're talking about a permaculture project at the continental scale, you are talking, implicitly, about shared ownership, because that's the only way such a thing would ever come about.
Ben Stallings wrote:I'm curious, has anyone -- just as an exercise and a thought experiment -- ever tackled a permaculture design on the scale of an entire continent? For example, if your plot of land were all of North America, the cities would be zone 0, and the designated wilderness areas of Canada, Mexico and the U.S. would be zone 5. Clearly you'd want to get more food production into zones 1 and 2, but beyond that...
You'd have some extremely dry and extremely wet areas. Where would you put the swales, and how big would they have to be to recharge the aquifers, etc.? Or would you pull a Sepp Holzer and turn the entire Missouri river into a big lake?
What other crazy decisions would there be to make if we considered a whole continent as a single project?