Carbon Friendly Food Gardening

This is a guest post from Patty Love at This is from a presentation given via zoom meeting

Have you been working on reducing your carbon footprint? Have you thought about where your food comes from? Do you know that one of the most carbon-friendly activities is growing your own food? According to Project Drawdown, 12 of the top 20 Summary of Solutions by Rank, are categorized as either Land Use or Food. The ethics, principles, and tools collectively sometimes called permaculture, also known as ecological design, provide us with solutions to integrate food production into our landscape management while also contributing to climate change mitigation. In this workshop, we’ll learn how to utilize regenerative design methods to feed ourselves while also creating beautiful edible landscapes, including food forest gardens, outdoor living areas, shady pockets, and traditional landscaping forms with an edible twist. We’ll also view and discuss many real-life examples of edible creativity! Please join us as Patty Love, Founder and Owner of Barefoot Ecological Design and Rochester Permaculture Center shares with us about:

– terminology, ethics, and principles for ecological design and permaculture

– a design process

– tools for applying permaculture/ecological design to your landscape

– site considerations for integrating your home into the existing landscape

– edible landscaping options with an emphasis on the why and how’s of food forest gardening – examples from home gardening to homesteading