Remember One Spark 2013

Art, Education, Science • Entry #659

1 Food Park Project

The Food Park Project:

Our vision is to make a Social Aid Enterprise that uses Permaculture design to empower communities.

The ability to grow one's own food is so important to our survival in this world full of uncertainty. So many of us have grown dependent on the "system" of just-in-time food delivery from thousands of miles away, grown on huge agrocon farms with tons of pesticides, herbicides, preservatives, and GMO seeds. We are losing the knowledge of the self-reliant lifestyle that has worked ever since our ancient ancestors first broke ground to plant seeds.

"Permaculture is a branch of ecological design, ecological engineering, and environmental design which develops sustainable architecture and self-maintained agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems. Basically, Permaculture is a whole systems approach to solving environmental crisis on a local level. It is an ecological movement which regenerates damaged land back to abundant life and fertility, and with it the inhabitants of that community. By changing the way humans interact with their environment they can change their quality of life. Permaculture inspired human settlements and projects result in a life that grows more abundant over time with less labor because of smart design and the fact that wasted resources are utilized so there is no resultant pollution.

The Food Park Project offers a full scale training center, Food Park model, and plant nursery. We train people how to turn degraded land into fertile, productive food oasis that have the aesthetic appeal of a botanical garden. Where yields become more abundant and diverse over time while labor and inputs become less.

This Food Park idea, sometimes called "edible forest gardens" or "food forests", is being implemented on a global scale from small remote villages in Africa, to school yards, to densely populated metropolitan cities. In the U.S.A. places like Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, and Sante Fe already have functional food spaces well underway.

Food Parks can be made anywhere for anyone. The focus of the Food Park Project will be feeding and empowering those in need that have no food, though learning is open to all.

We have a 3 year old urban demonstration site here in Jacksonville where you can come and see for yourself that this way of growing food works better than you could even imagine! One person said it was like walking through Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, where everything that you see you can eat! It's true! but there are no straight lines or 100 foot rows here!... (that's only needed if you need to pump water and fertilizer to the plants). The urban model is as aesthetically pleasing as an afternoon at the park with curved lines and dappled light. There are over 45 fruit trees, "nitrogen fixing" trees and shrubs, berries, herbs and vegetables all growing ecstatically on less than 1/4 of an acre.

when human habitat is restored... there is no hunger.