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Lisa Kohlhepp
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I am looking to help my community garden begin to take steps towards making their 25' x 25' plots more "Permaculture-esque". Any advice on what tips I can give them in a 10 minute talk, for starters. There are many folks that use chemicals and constantly tilling the soil. Anyone know of some permaculture community gardens and their rules for their members? Thanks in advance for your suggestions!
 
Angela Baker
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Location: Portland, OR
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Oh, I like this question. Our local community garden is adjacent to our neighborhood playground, and I've been concerned about chemical pesticide/herbicide use as well.

One thing that has been to help encourage perennial agriculture and less soil disturbance in our local community garden where user turnover and annual veggie production is the norm is that one whole length of the garden outside of everyone's allotments has been dedicated to fruit crops that are to be shared by all members.

Another small step is that the city has been good as providing a large pile of woodchips every season and encouraging community gardeners to mulch to save water and reduce weed pressure.

Perhaps if you want to give a talk to folks in that setting, you might emphasize the time saving and cost saving aspects of permaculture - community gardeners have to travel from their homes to their plots, and focusing on the labor and time saving elements of permaculture might help to draw them in.

 
Lisa Kohlhepp
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Thanks Angela! Yes, more perennial use and mulching. We do have some fruit shrubs and trees around, but not within the plots. What a great idea to plant these along the edges to share. Are there any chemical restrictions where you are? Any one else have experience with changing community gardens with more permaculture?
 
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