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"Permaculture is an approach to land management and settlement design that adopts arrangements observed in flourishing natural ecosystems. It includes a set of design principles derived using whole-systems thinking. It applies these principles in fields such as regenerative agriculture, town planning, re-wilding, and community resilience.
Permaculture originally came from "permanent agriculture", but was later adjusted to mean "permanent culture", incorporating social aspects. The term was coined in 1978 by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, who formulated the concept in opposition to Western industrialized methods and in congruence with Indigenous or traditional knowledge." - Wikipedia
In spaces where a single crop is grown year after year, pests are more likely to invade and multiply efficiently (given the access to their preferred food grown in concentrations --- in one place). Consequently, pesticide use is standard in most monoculture practices.
Together with pesticides, chemical fertilizers are also a must as monoculture depletes and exhausts soil by depriving it of biodiversity.
"Agricultural monoculture upsets the natural balance of soils. Too many of the same plant species in one field area rob the soil of its nutrients, resulting in decreasing varieties of bacteria and microorganisms that are needed to maintain fertility of the soil." - Monoculture Farming
EVERYONE DESERVES HIGH QUALITY NUTRITION.
We invite you to join us in planting seeds of change to tackle a key community concern --- food security.
Food insecurity is a public health issue that four million (1 in 8) Canadian households battle on a daily basis. A disproportionate number are people who are BIPOC [Black . Indigenous . People of Colour]... of which, "the highest rates of food insecurity are found among households where the respondents identified as Indigenous or Black." -- PROOF: Food Insecurity Policy Research https://proof.utoronto.ca/food-insecurity/
Growing and cooking food is an essential lifeskill that we believe schools and families with young children in this region should be taking very seriously. We believe that practicing permaculture in our gardens and kitchens is a productive way to approach truth and reconciliation --- to foster equity, inclusion and diversity.
SOLUTION IN MOTION
As we anticipate the rise of food prices, it is essential that we tackle our basic ned for food, water and shelter in innovative ways.
When basic needs are met, we make it possible to address and heal deeper systematic issues that impact Black, Indigenous and Racialized people in disproportionate ways.
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