It is so interesting and inspiring for me to read that you have achieved success in supplying yourself with food, Su Ba! And Sue, I'm delighted that you are also venturing into permaculture.
It seems like such an important thing to do -- to care for the soil and think about how to support it and the plants, rather than just thinking about how much The Garden can do for me. I have found it to be a profound mental shift.
It also helps me not to be quite as annoyed when Something eats my seedlings. Not quite.
I do not think I have achieved permacultural equanimity quite yet, though.