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How Permaculture Can Help Your Land Cope With Climate Change

One way of improving the fertility of your land is through permaculture. Permaculture is an agricultural system centered on utilizing the land based on its natural characteristics.

Reasons for doing permaculture vary. Some landowners use permaculture for them to help revitalize or find use for barren land. Some adopt permaculture for ethical reasons. But regardless of the reasons, people are mainly attracted to permaculture because of its core values.

  • Cares for the environment – Permaculture recognizes that the environment provides for everything we need. So in order to get the most from the environment, it has to be nurtured and protected by using earth-friendly farming practices.

  • Caring for the people– Every property has its own unique resources to boost. And the goal of permaculture is to maximize and highlight natural resources. The concept behind this is what’s naturally available in the environment is more sustainable to raise and maintain than bringing in crops that are not naturally suited for the environment. This practice encourages sustainability and self-reliance.

  • Utilizing surpluses – Permaculture is, in a way, a form of recycling. It uses and re-utilizes whatever is available in the property. This makes permaculture healthier for the environment and an efficient farming system.

On the outset, permaculture has its similarities with other forms of land development. But what makes permaculture different is it goes beyond land development. It’s about working with your property and giving back in order to get the most returns.

It’s in the adoption of permaculture and its core values that can help your land fight climate change.

Why Go for Permaculture

In addition to being environment friendly, there are many benefits to adopting permaculture.

1.        It’s cost efficient. Permaculture encourages waste reduction. It also encourages the organic fertilizers and pest control, which is cheaper than commercially available products. This helps farmers cut costs.

2.       It adopts and works with the land. – In permaculture, the type of crops planted are chosen based on what’s naturally available, working with the property’s soil characteristics, topography, and climate. This increases the chances of crop survival and makes maintenance easier for farmers.

3.       It encourages renewable systems and produces no waste– Adopting renewable systems, like renewable energy and fuel for farms, makes them self-sufficient.

4.      It is self-supporting and efficient– Since nothing in permaculture is wasted, everything within it also serves a purpose. Crops are planted not just for profit, but to also help the soil and the local system. The insects that enter the farm help with pollination. Any other plants within the farm helps support the crops and provides additional revenue.

5.       It provides attainable solutions – Because of its values of utilizing what is readily available and working with the environment, permaculture helps provide farms with feasible plans to increase productivity.

Permaculture and Climate Change

Climate change will undoubtedly affect the global food supply. Permaculture is currently being viewed as a practical way of combating both these problems.

One permaculture practice that can help fight climate change while ensuring food supply is agroforestry, which integrates agricultural and forestry techniques. The use of native trees and plants helps fight carbon emissions. It also encourages the use and protection of a wide variety of native plants that have current and potential commercial value.

Another scheme in mitigating climate change through permaculture is through sheet mulching. Mulching is perfect for the reduction of carbon emission. Reducing evaporation, increasing the presence of organic matter, absorbing rainfall. This helps with farm irrigation without having to alter major water systems, makes use of waste, and helps preserve soil fertility.

Rainwater harvesting is another permaculture practice that can have a positive environmental impact. Flooding and drought is a big problem for farms. By harvesting rainwater, the water volume that can contribute to flooding is reduced. It also provides farms with an alternative water source for irrigation.

How to Effectively Use Permaculture

Adopting permaculture requires planning. And to figure out the best permaculture plan for your property, you’ll need the help of an expert.

This is where we Rural Design can help. Each farm is unique and not everybody can adopt permaculture in the same way. We create permaculture plans with real life scenarios, which gives you clear results.

Our experience and expertise in doing farm forestry and permaculture has exposed us to a wide variety of scenarios. Adopting permaculture would require government consents, especially if the property requires major development. Our tie-ups with local and regional units allows you to implement your permaculture plan with ease. We also do assessments to determine the best way to proceed in order to provide you with support and guidance. We will help you with maintenance and implementation with our experienced work force.

Permaculture, simply put, is a holistic approach to agriculture. It takes into consideration all the environmental elements at play in order to make farming more efficient. And because of this, if you want to adopt permaculture in your farm, it has to be done right.

What You Should Look For In Your Native Plant Supplier

Revegetation and restoration projects are delicate processes. They involve the use of native plants and bushes to restore a piece of land to its natural state. It’s not enough for your plant supplier to have a basic knowledge of botany. Your supplier must who know all the different native plant species of New Zealand and have a deep understanding of how these grow, spread and adapt to different environments.

If a plant supplier doesn’t know these things, then he or she really doesn’t know how to take care of a nursery. Chances are he’ll end up wasting time money and resources as the revegetation project progresses.

The Importance of Seed Eco-Sourcing

It takes careful planning to set-up and install native plant nurseries. Eco-sourcing native seeds, for instance, is important because it’s a sustainable way to maintain your nursery. It helps preserve native species, and ensure resilient plant stock for revegetation and ecological restoration projects.

A native plant nursery that uses and encourages the use of eco-sourced seeds is also cost effective. Eco-sourced plants adapt easily to different soil conditions, which helps cut down maintenance costs of restored areas. It also reduce costs if ever you want to revegetate more land in the same area.

The Importance of having an extensive catalogue of native plants

As a supplier, you should have an extensive catalogue of wholesale native plants for revegetation. Just because it’s a native plant doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right type of plant to thrive in that kind of environment or location.

Given the wide ecological and geographical variations of the islands, it’s best to work with a nursery that’s sure to have the right kind of flora for any environment. In doing so, you will have a wide variety of native plants to choose from. You’ll be able to select what’s best suited for the location; plants that would surely thrive and greatly benefit the land and environment around it.

The importance of having an in-house nursery manager

Native plant nurseries need constant monitoring, so an in-house nursery manager will needed for huge revegetation projects. An in-house nursery manager not only takes care of the nursery. Their extensive knowledge and experience with native plants and revegetation would be invaluable in planning and implementation.

An in-house nursery manager would be invaluable to these projects because of their knowledge on what kind of native plants would work. Unlike conventional plant species, native plants have specific needs and characteristics to adapt to their environment. For example, most eco-sourced plants are disease-resistant but it also depends on the type of plant, soil conditions, weather, altitude, etc, on how effective these plants would be. The expertise of a nursery manager would help you save time and money by choosing the right kind of native plants for your restoration even before you start planting.

The Importance of Ecologist Participation During Revegetation

We at Rural Designs take pride in the fact that we have ecologists actively involved in all our revegetation projects. Even though revegetation is an activity that some property owners do themselves, having an ecologist as part of the planning and implementation has greatly contributed to the success our projects.

Having an ecologist that’s actively involved in our native plant nursery operations helps ensure that the plans are feasible and cost-effective, and the planting is done efficiently with minimal impact and effort.

Our ecological risk and impact assessment planning covers the physical, biological, social and even stakeholder participation for the revegetation of your property. Every action has an environmental impact, even planting. The assessments conducted by our ecologists, with considerations to its immediate impact in the community, will help determine the kind of native plants for your property, minimize environmental impact revegetation and maximize the effects of the ecological restoration process.  

The Importance of Planting Experience

A native plant nursery should also have its own planting services. For revegetation projects to be successful, real life experience is essential. A well rounded native plant nursery that has extensive knowledge of its catalogue, plus experience in planning, design, and implementation would help ensure the success and effectiveness of any restoration project.

Our extensive experience with project management and implementation gives you more flexibility in planning for those native plants as part of your revegetation. Our catalogue also has a wide array of native plant collection for you to choose from, to adapt to every kind of environment and soil conditions. We at Rural Designs are more than just a nursery, or a design firm, assessment firm, or planting service. We have the well-rounded expertise and resources to would ensure a successful, cost effective, and sustainable revegetation and restoration project.