Permaculture is my passion and as with all passions it dominates my lifestyle here on this small island just east of Halifax, Nova Scotia. With a a food crisis looming in the near future I believe it’s essential to produce as much of our own food as possible. On QuackaDoodle Farm we try to do this by making the best use out of fairly meagre resources by employing the principles of Permaculture. For those who may not be conversant with Permaculture, it is a multifaceted set of principles which were devised in Australia by Bill Molinson and David Holmgren. Although these principles can be applied to any system, large or small, they are especially suited to homesteading and land-based occupation.
As I post weekly events around the farm I hope to inspire interest in and a better understanding of the simplistic beauty and powerful potential of Permaculture. I’ll be introducing some of the characters around the farm such as Princess Julie, the goat who thinks she owns me; Juno our designer Doodle, who is working at perfecting a new fragrance, Eau de Barnyard; Rudi our slightly battered but hero-status rooster who risked his life protecting his harem from a marauding racoon and a whole cast of heritage breed fowl.
There willl be lots of gardening tips geared for cooler, more challenging areas such as this. Temperatures here on the island are invariably cooler than on the mainland and oftener than not a brisk breeze will be blowing. Also, the existing topsoil is sparse and highly acidic but despite these odds the gardens flourish, we eat well. I want to share what I’ve learnt and what I’m still learning with others who live with similar challenges but still nurture a throbbing green-thumb and bright dreams of a fully susatinable lifestyle. It can be done! And what’s more important, it’s fun.