Permaculture tends to be very much in the domain of home gardeners and property owners. But what if we could take it all a step further, and merge the fields of permaculture and market gardening?
In The Permaculture Market Garden, author Zach Loeks brings together his passion for sustainable permaculture food production systems and beautiful, vibrant illustrations to provide a highly visual guide to the smooth integration of permaculture into the market garden, in ways that are scalable to specific situations. Profiling crops and ecosystem-based techniques, Loeks demonstrates a profitable, sustainable and approachable model for the future of market gardening.
Along the way, Loeks introduces his own system of PermaBeds, season extension techniques, intensive and rotational interplanting, in-depth discussions on soil health, and more, bringing activities, designs and prospects of farming to life through illustrations, so the reader can be immersed within the world of permaculture farming. Playful, informative and curious, inspiring and beautiful and packed with accessible practical information, The Permaculture Market Garden will inspire both the seasoned market gardener as well as anyone aspiring to start a business.
About the Author
Zach Loeks is a market gardener, farm consultant and educator living in the Ottawa Valley. Winner of two regional awards for sustainability and innovation in agriculture, he shares his expertise in farming, design and business through a successful series of on-farm workshops, conferences and schools, as well as a successful year-round CSA.
Bringing permaculture's holistic thinking to the problems of market farming, Zach Loeks has done this burgeoning economic sector a world of good with his pithy words and lovely drawings. Not a book about carrots, but one in which vegetables, children, customers, trees, vision, and earthworms shape a matrix of success. Business planning was never before this colorful, soulful, or needed for the times. ---Peter Bane, author, The Permaculture Handbook. A commendable permaculture guide. If you're serious about generating a livelihood in partnership with the land, this book is your compass. Zach Loeks details an approach to informed ecological decision-making so close to my own work I can be sure this book will improve agricultural landscapes and lives. ---Jason Gerhardt, permaculture designer, Real Earth Design A legacy of grateful land is surely a memorial that can capture both our imagination and our physical effort. Such a sacred mission deserves the level of thought Zach beckons us to pursue. Engaging in this discovery and planning process is worth the effort, and Zach gives us another tool to engage more strategically. Now get out paper, pencil, ruler, and graph paper. It's that simple, and that rewarding. ---Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm There are few books that delight the senses, satisfy the scientific itch and leave the inner environmentalist contented. I'm indebted to Zach for his work, not only for my own education, but for the many clients that seek a tome of collected wisdom as they embark into their own farming dreams. ---Javan K. Bernakevitch, B. Comn, All Points Land Design Zack strikes me as the guy you want to spend a week on your property. Not just for his company, but to access his wealth of knowledge and experience in learning to understand the natural systems at work in any given landscape. The Permaculture Market Garden is playful in approach yet completely pragmatic in reasoning and methodology and should be seen as the permaculturist's guide to placemaking through Homesteading. This chewy tome of goodness will help you assess the ecology, geological history and potential future of the land you live on and work with. A wonderful guidebook to help anyone- with land big or small -- to thrive not just survive, in tandem with their natural environment. ---Sharon Kallis, author, Common Threads
Annotated table of contents 1. Introduction: about our farm * Who we are and what we do. Our roots and our journey into a future where permaculture and agriculture came together. 2. How to use this book* Discussion of how the pages are assembled to make it easier for readers to use the book. 3. What is permaculture? The permaculture principles * Illustrate, explain and exemplify all 12 permaculture principles, which are taught as part of the permaculture curriculum. 4. Permaculture Farm Design* Understand your resource base* Place your farm in the greater context of your surroundings* Generate ideas for your production based on your resource base and surroundings* Draw your farm (get a friend to help)* Map out a business* Test your plan* Farm your land* Don't fight nature, try to work with her rhythms* Find a new perspective every day* Problems breed innovation; look for the answer5. Key Permaculture Techniques * A look at common permaculture techniques and concepts6. Permaculture in Action * The linear orchard* The pit & mound Orchard* The wandering Hugelkultur compost bed* Grow your own trellis* Self-sowing crops* Water catchment & gravity irrigation * Safety Zones* Living windbreaks* Living Snowfences* Solar water pumping* Winter feeding guild circles7. Our Permabed system * A conversation on why we moved towards permabeds* A brief glimpse at what other systems look like* Some of the major problems occurring too often on market gardens* Building permabeds from scratch* What's needed for a medium farm* Bring on the organic matter and compost and get the farming started!* The seasonal rhythm of a permabed* The fundamental components of a permabed* Benefits of a permabed system8. A brief case study of our rootcellar to whet the appetite* It is powered on passive geothermal, solar water pumping and winter's cold9. The future for permaculture in the market garden * All land returns to forest* All forest returns to soil* The commercially viable medium scale forest garden* Self sowing, fruiting, growing, mulching,* If we walked away, we could return to Eden after many years in absence