Land, being mostly privately held, as you know, makes the landowners/stewards, developers, and the local city-county elected officials the land use decision-makers. That's something to consider when it comes to what we all can do in terms of land use and community planning right in our own/combined backyards.
So, bring on the Permaculture Pros, our real estate clients. They explain the above and more... that Permaculture is about designing ecological human habitats and food production systems. (further defined below) We sure have expanded our land use perceptions since we met them....and not only for farmland, but for urban-dwellers.
Our Permaculture Pros, with their innovative thinking and foresight, are a bonus of our being in the practice of real estate here in Asheville. As Eco Certified® Real Estate Consultants, we're always intrigued with ways developers and builders can facilitate the creation of "green space" in their plans and, expanding on that, how urban communities can create green areas where previously there was a forgotten alleyway or small plot. If you asked, I'd tell you that how we use land and the land use decisions we make today are hugely important in long-term environmental issues. And I'd add...LOOKS COUNT.
So here begins a from time-to-time series of shared stories as we learn more about how all of this comes together.
PERMACULTURE. According to Wikipedia, "the word permaculture, coined by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren during the 1970s, is a portmanteau of permanent agriculture as well as permanent culture.
Through a series of publications, Mollison, Holmgren and their associates documented an approach to designing human settlements, in particular the development of perennial agricultural systems that mimic the structure and interrelationship found in natural ecologies"
Sustainable Agriculture GRANTS http://www.sare.org/grants/
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