Can Permaculture Solve World Hunger?


Hugelkultur garden bed after 2 years. Photo Credit:

Paul Wheaton is a permaculture activist and is all about teaching people better ways of growing things. I am attracted to his philosophy of not complaining about the bad guys and just teach people productive alternatives.

Yesterday, he posted this video about hugelkultur, a back-to-nature gardening method that makes land lush and productive, even during the hot, dry times of the year. And, it uses ordinary logs, twigs and branches to make a garden bed impervious to drought!

Listen to what Paul has to say about this amazing low-tech technology…

“Imagine:  less urban wood going to the dump; more carbon sequestration — fight climate change in your own back yard; better garden flavor; gardening becomes 20 times easier, so people grow more of their own food; less consumerism (hoses, irrigation systems, sprinklers, etc.);  give a gift to your future self; can this solve world hunger?

I hope that every person that sees this will think of a way to get it in front of a thousand other people.  Hope, hope, hope!” -Paul Wheaton,

This video is only 4 minutes, and I highly recommend you not only watch it, but share it with others. Who knows, someone you know might be looking for a fun project and this could get them going on self reliance and backyard food production!

Read more about hugelkultur on Paul Wheaton’s, the fascinating permaculture community discussion board:

Kimberly Hartke is a featured blogger on Green Village Network.

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  1. IC says:

    I read Sepp Holzer’s book last winter and then built some hugelbeds. In the early spring I planted new fruit trees and never watered them and they are fine! The beds grew well and I can’t wait to see how they do in a few years when they hit their stride in releasing nutrients. I wondered, too, if planting in this way, or as Joel Salatin does, would have minimized the effects of the drought this past summer . . .
    On a side note, Sepp’s kids have awesome bone structure - no doubt they have eaten traditionally. Hope Sepp writes a book of recipies!

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