“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold,
it would be a merrier world.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien
Edible landscaping is the eloquent term often used to describe the process of growing food, of all varieties possible, with the resource you have with you, and right where you are! This makes for an exciting journey into food production, and how mankind actually feeds itself across the world.
Contrary to popular belief, the majority of the World is fed on a daily basis from food that comes from smalls scale subsistence farmers within local communities. The idea of large scale food production to feed the Billions of people on the Planet is simply that, an idea, and constantly finds opposition from nature. We are not meant to Over-Produce on any piece of land!
Which brings us neatly into the subject at hand, Home gardening and creating edible landscapes. These are a sovereign declaration of responsibility for ones own food production, no matter how small. taking the steps to grow even a small tomato bush is a big step in the right direction.
We have now have the technology that can support new forms of landscaping like never before, which means we can regenerate at great capacity. We still rely on age-old techniques to develop bio dynamic systems for the environments we are in, that enhance the ability for mankind to grow food, almost anywhere!
Within cities we are finding the ‘Green Revolution’ growing rapidly with vertical gardens on walls and rooftops covered with plants to control temperatures more efficiently. We can grow indoors when absolutely necessary, which in some cases it has become so hard to find quality soil or even available space. We are growing food in the deserts by creating new Oasis climates simply by harvesting rainwater effectively.
We have a duty to reduce the load on large-scale agriculture systems, simply because we Can and should. We need to take the responsibility within our communities and establish edible landscapes that will continue to thrive and feed future generations to come.