From time to time I am contacted by other gardeners, growers and permaculturists asking me to share their details with readers of this blog. I am not greatly into all the social media sharing that goes on these days, but like to help anyone who gets in touch. So I thought I would list them here with links to the work they are doing, hoping they prove useful and interesting to readers:
Richard Fletcher of Whatshed.co.uk
Richard’s website features “awesome grow your own blogs” including this one!
Richard Pedley, Agrifutures, New Zealand
We are passionate about the creation of regenerative foodscapes that provide a diverse range of organic, nutrient dense food.
Providing your body with the best nutrition has been shown by an increasing number of studies to be of fundamental importance in developing healthy bodies and minds and a diet based on fresh organic produce grown in rich and fertile soil is the best way to obtain this. Increasingly, people are becoming more aware that growing food with a toxic mixture of chemicals in poisoned soil is not a recipe for good health.
Transitioning away from industrial monoculture production of plants and animals requires an understanding of how natural ecosystems function and replicating that interconnected complexity within our agricultural systems.
Our services at Agrifutures are tailored around the education, design and installation of regenerative foodscapes based upon this interconnected complexity. We combine highly productive systems in ways that harmonises with the patterns of landscape, local climate, client requirements and local market factors.
The vision at Agrifutures is the education, design and creation of regenerative foodscapes that inform the future possibilities of our agricultural production. We focus on creating an abundance of resilient, diverse, organic and nutrient dense food that is grown in biologically rich soil.
The criteria we apply to our design are that:
- An improvement in soil quality over time
- An improvement in quantity and quality of food over time
- Preservation of natural habitats
- Integration with natural habitats
- Low input of energy and resources to maintain
The designs created are based upon permaculture design principles, which model food production landscapes on natural ecosystems, with similar diversity of interconnected elements creating stability and resilience in those systems. The main difference is that wild-type species have been substituted for edible highly productive cultivars.
Our designs are also characterised by our distinctive Agrifutures production systems, that include: aquaponics systems, perennial plant guilds, chicken and geese tractors, diverse orchards and broad-acre silverpasture woodlands that integrate large grazers with commercial tree crops.
Our goal at Agrifutures is to provide a complete service for a transition towards sustainable agriculture systems that include education, design and support in installation of systems.