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Gaia's Farm & Gardens

A Permaculture Shangri-la of Northern Colorado

Permaculture, The new farming frontier

Gaia's Farm & Gardens

Permaculture is sustainable land use design. This is based on ecological and biological principles, often using patterns that occur in nature to maximize effect and minimize work. Permaculture aims to create stable, productive systems that provide for human needs, harmoniously integrating the land with its inhabitants. The ecological processes of plants, animals, their nutrient cycles, climatic factors and weather cycles are all part of the picture. Inhabitants’ needs are provided for using proven technologies for food, energy, shelter and infrastructure. Elements in a system are viewed in relationship to other elements, where the outputs of one element become the inputs of another. Within a Permaculture system, work is minimized, “wastes” become resources, productivity and yields increase, and environments are restored. Permaculture principles can be applied to any environment, at any scale from dense urban settlements to individual homes, from farms to entire regions.

The first recorded modern practice of permaculture…

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Permaculture, The new farming frontier

Permaculture is sustainable land use design. This is based on ecological and biological principles, often using patterns that occur in nature to maximize effect and minimize work. Permaculture aims to create stable, productive systems that provide for human needs, harmoniously integrating the land with its inhabitants. The ecological processes of plants, animals, their nutrient cycles, climatic factors and weather cycles are all part of the picture. Inhabitants’ needs are provided for using proven technologies for food, energy, shelter and infrastructure. Elements in a system are viewed in relationship to other elements, where the outputs of one element become the inputs of another. Within a Permaculture system, work is minimized, “wastes” become resources, productivity and yields increase, and environments are restored. Permaculture principles can be applied to any environment, at any scale from dense urban settlements to individual homes, from farms to entire regions.

The first recorded modern practice of permaculture as a systematic method was by Austrian farmer Sepp Holzer in the 1960s, but the method was scientifically developed by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren and their associates during the 1970s in a series of publications. While originating as an agro-ecological design theory, permaculture has developed a large international following. This “permaculture community” continues to expand on the original ideas, integrating a range of ideas of alternative culture, through a network of publications, permaculture gardens, intentional communities, training programs, and internet forums. In this way, permaculture has become a form of architecture of nature and ecology as well as an informal institution of alternative social ideals. ELEMENTS Permaculture principles draw heavily on the practical application of ecological theory to analyze the characteristics and potential relationships between design elements. Each element of a design is carefully analyzed in terms of its needs, outputs, and properties. For example chickens need water, moderated microclimate and food, producing meat, eggs, and feathers as well as manure which can help break up hardsoil hardpan. Design elements are then assembled in relation to one another so that the products of one element feed the needs of adjacent elements. Synergy between design elements is achieved while minimizing waste and the demand for human labor or energy. Exemplary permaculture designs evolve over time, and can become extremely complex mosaics of conventional and inventive cultural systems that produce a high density of food and materials with minimal input. While techniques and cultural systems are freely borrowed from organic agriculture, sustainable forestry, horticulture, agroforestry, and the land management systems of indigenous peoples, permaculture’s fundamental contribution to the field of ecological design is the development of a concise set of broadly applicable organizing principles that can be transferred through a brief intensive training.

 

Spiritual Farming

When the farmer has obtained a level of consciousness that motivates her/him to move away from the “only-for-profit mentality” and treats the soil and the environment with respect that will allow him to get in touch with the cosmic forces and be a steward of the land, that farmer is operating a “spiritual farm.”

That level of consciousness will make her/him stay away from using any synthetic chemicals and fertilizers or pesticides on the land or the environment.  He will use means to heal the soil instead of degrading it or exploiting it.  Our intent is to develop a market of consumers with higher consciousness, who really appreciate and value the effort that goes into growing life-giving, spiritual food.  The agricultural method therefore plays an important role and will be a determining factor.   The commitment of Gaia’s Farm & Gardens to provide the best food is based on the belief that food grown with a spiritual purpose in mind will stimulate the spiritual development of those who partake of it.

Spiritual development is the main concern of Gaia’s Farm & Gardens, therefore our actions are based on spiritual values, such as trust, non-violence (no competition), gratitude for the abundance of God’s creation, truthfulness, purity, etc.  Our commitment also involves manifesting spiritual intent in the way business is conducted and how this can affect the social structure.  Our principles are not based on professionalism but on ethics; our motivation is not financial but humanitarian.  Our security is based on trust, love, compassion and courage.  We cordially invite those who share this vision to join us.   As a small farm we wish to offer fresh, vital food for the family, while favoring the development of a new economic model.  Gaia’s Farm & Gardens will give consumers the assurance not only of the excellence of the food they eat, but of the spiritual nature of it as well.

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A Permaculture Shangri-la

Gaia’s Farm and Gardens strives to become  something of a permaculture Shangri-la of northern Colorado.  We  a 3 acre sustainable permaculture farm located along the historic overland trail in Laporte Colorado, five miles north of Fort Collins, Colorado.  Gaia’s Farm and Gardens is nestled in a quaint country setting at the base foothills.  We intend to raise and sell pastured chicken , duck, turkey, guinea and pork, and we are in the process of establishing a small fruit orchard using  Permaculture design principles.  We want to establish a community commercial kitchen, small goat dairy, holistic healing center and serve as a model farm and teaching center.  Our mission at Gaia’s Farm and Gardens is to co create with the earth, to cultivate an intimate relationship with the mysteries of life.   Striving for a working balance with the earth’s cycles is fundamental for sustainable agricultural practices and in turn, sustainable lifestyles.  We are but mere stewards of the land and work with our mother earth and learn from her guidance.  Nature is a gift.  Animals, plants and people working in harmony creates abundance, joy and teaches us the secrets of our existence.

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