The Principle & Practices of Scale in Permaculture

Use small-scale, intensive systems Start small and take achievable steps to reach your goal successfully. 

Work out from a nucleus on a controlled front.

Recognize natural limits, including your own. For example, if you have purchased a home on an acre city lot, you areprobably brimming with ideas, plans, and goals. 

But stop! realize that you can not reach your goals for this acre in a year. Plan first, and then take the time you need to work on your plan in achievable steps. 

Follow nature’s lead for scale. 

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Kalachandji’s Community Garden in East Dallas

But what if you live in an apartment or actually have no available space to garden for some reason? If you have a sunny patio or balcony, you can grow some food in pots. 

If that is not suitable or does not have the scale of gardening you need or want, look for a nearby community garden to join. 

If per chance that is not a possibility in your area, consider starting a community garden. Churches, in particular, often have land that is not being used. Approach your church or a church near you for land use. You can agree that a certain percentage of the harvest will be donated to food banks as an incentive. 

A growing number of community gardens are springing up in Dallas-Fort Worth and North Central Texas!

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