I think this is a great idea.
A. Polyculture/Guild gardening is the opposite of rows and has a tremendous appeal when moving towards edible landscaping. One forum that seems to be a heading includes this excellent link:
B. The other area that is too confusing to really dive in to on the boards now is the whole" Weeding vs. Not Weeding and examples of not weeding experiments. Mine is failing this year. I cant really find a good heading or search phrase that leads me to this notion which I don't really think is the same as till/no till, rather it is: to weed or not? It seems as though the answer may be somewhere in between.
BTW: Craig: I think you are doing a fine job.
Paul: Haters suck, let it go. You have brought great ideas to many folks. You and Permies rock!