Alimentation As a new society is emerging which acknowledges the need for healthy vibrant food many of the current procedures and practices require change. Holistically grown food which is organic and sustainable provides more nutrients per weight than conventional food furthermore it provides a benefit to the embedded ecosystem.
Green New World’s services include consultation, partnership, workshops, presentations and design of alimentation projects that can integrate some or all aspects of holistic sustainable living. Please contact us if you would like more information or have any questions.
Locally Grown Food There are a multitude of methods to grow organic and sustainable crops that are feasible for farmers and homesteaders. Self-sustaining communities and regions represent the ideal solution. In this context packaging and transport are minimized which reduces the carbon footprint and the environmental impact. With the process of being involved with growing one’s own food a rich experience of appreciation enters our lives, for we truly value the food in a natural way and is integrated in a natural like cycle with the local ecosystem.
Sustainable Agriculture Strategies Carefully designed edible landscapes mostly consist of perennial plants such as fruit trees, berries and herbs which balance soil nutrient content and integrate into the surrounding ecosystems. In conjunction with edible landscapes, annual crops can be grown by various established techniques based on Permaculture, Bio-dynamics and Bio-intensive farming. One of the Permaculture designs Green New World applies is co-cropping or inter-cropping also known from permaculture design as plant guilds which creates a resilient thriving garden or field where nutrient soil content is balanced through the knowledgeable selection of plants and pest resilience is accommodated by deterrent plants. Additional fertilization or pest control is omitted so that less time is required to maintain such gardens or fields. Another method to produce large quantities of food is crop rotation which is more advantageous to grains and food stocks where soil nutrient content remains balanced by the type and sequence of crops that are grown. Crop rotation may require some form of natural pest and weed control which is accomplished by knowledge of natural remedies.
Creating Microclimates to Expand Diversity of Crops To create a larger diversity of crops it is beneficial in many regions to create microclimates that expand the climate to foster growth of plants that would otherwise not grow or thrive. Ingenious methods and technologies exist that can expand the spectrum of locally grown food to meet the local demands. Many methods to integrate microclimates that raise or lower the average temperature and reduce or elevate the relative humidity exist to maximize the spectrum and quantity of food production even to provide food all year round in freezing temperatures or draught conditions.
Drought Tolerant Landscapes Drought Tolerant landscapes are becoming more important as water scarcity emerges. The design principles that are incorporated into such landscapes include water flow management such as swales, diversion drains, catchment basins and erosion control mediation. Subterranean irrigation systems that are regulated by hygrometer sensors or weather based sensors can reduce water consumption by providing just the right amount of water and minimizing loss through evaporation. Finally, the selection of draught resilient crops and orchards combined with mulch or cover crops are integrated into the design of drought tolerant landscapes.