Foodscaping, Earthships & Food Forest Inspiration

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Foodscaping Food Forests and Earthships

Love Facebook sometimes.. because every now and then something pops up in your newsfeed that changes your life or makes you think. For me, some of these images are life-changing, and should be world-changing. And definitely the path I will be taking…

Foodscaping Food Forests and Earthships

The inspiration in this post are the following: “Foodscaping”, “Earthships”, and “Food Forests” – when I see posts like this, I honestly think “wow, there is hope for the human race yet!”

(Foodscaping & Food Forests are very similar in that they both involve growing your own food, but read on to see the differences)

Foodscaping

First life-changing inspiration to share is this one.. “Foodscaping” (nearly 48,000 shares currently!):

Foodscaping Geneva
Photo: Facebook.com

 

Called “Foodscaping”  Geneva, Switzerland. Each yard is a vegetable garden and neighbors consult and plan what each will grow so they can trade. Imagine if we did this everywhere? 

You can check out more awesome photos and inspiration from Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=foodscaping

Foodscaping is called Schrebergärtens in Germany:

Across Germany there is an area the size of 60,000 football pitches in little plots apparently. Originally conceived as a way to help poorer citizens to obtain better nutrition and enjoy time outdoors in the 19th century, the concept of the allotment was pioneered by doctor Daniel Gottlob Moritz Schreber, after whom the German word of allotment – Schrebergarten – is named (my new hero).

An average Schrebergarten measures 370 square metres, and there are approximately a million in Germany alone.

Read more about the Schrebergärtens on this page: http://www.thelocal.de/20111114/38849

Here is a video explaining “Front-Yard” Food growing with your neighbours.. brilliant!

Their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/foodisfree
Their website: http://foodisfreeproject.org/

 

Earthships

Next life-changing inspiration to share is this one: 10 Reasons Why EarthShips Are F!#%ing Awesome

Sustainable, off-the-grid living, complete with the comforts of the 21st century. 

Earthships
Photo: highexistence.com

 

Earthship Gallery
Photo: thehigherlearning.com

The most basic Earthships cost as little as $7000 (The Simple Survival model) with the most glamorous models costing $70,000 and up, depending on how flashy you want to be with your decorating.

Earthship Water Recycling
Earthship Water Recycling

Read the full article here: http://www.highexistence.com/10-reasons-why-earthships-are-fing-awesome/

If you also think Earthships are cool, you can join up with some people to create a community of Earthships to make sustainable communities go mainstream! It’s called the Valhalla Movement, and you can find out more on their website here: http://valhallamovement.com/

Food Forests

Dream of a life where the homeless don’t go hungry? Where you have an abundance of fruit, vegetables, herbs, and more – within a metre of wherever you are? This doesn’t have to be a dream, this can be a reality, if we just think a bit differently and take some action – very easy action!

Melbourne Food Forest Experiment
Photo: permaculturenews.org

Permaculture – a system that has been successfully growing plants without human intervention. This photo is of a Melbourne backyard experiment.. an experiment in an inner-urban backyard of a city! It took him 3 months to setup, and this is the result after just two and a half years. It cost approx $600 to setup including irrigation (but not including plants), and has thrived despite Melbourne’s very strict water-restrictions!

Melbourne Food Forest - Spring
Photo: permaculturenews.org

Specs: 

  • Total Size of back yard: 150 square metres
  • Total size of garden (including paths): 85 square meters
  • Total area of garden beds: 64 square metres (686 sq. feet)
  • Fruit trees: 30+
  • Berries: 16 different types
  • Medicinal herbs: 70+ different types

Because of the plants & design, he doesn’t need to weed! And he doesn’t need pesticides. Letting nature do what nature does best.

My hero, wow, seriously, my hero. Anyway, read his full in-depth article here and if you live in Melbourne, you can even go and have a look for yourself!

 

 

Penny Butler
Penny Butler

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