Building Community Interrelationships
One of the goals of Permaculture planning is to foster and strengthen small community ties and interrelationships.
Recently, a new family moved into our neighborhood, with- a horse! I took some Wilau chives (good for indoor growing) over and introduced myself. Turns out the wife doesn't garden and wants to get rid of her horsemanure. Perfect.
So far, we have hauled about 15 bushels of manure on our dolly (handtruck) and applied it to sheet mulched garden areas.
A few days ago my neighbor contacted me and said that the chives are doing so well that she wondered if I might have any other plants she could try? We brought over several more herb plants and a houseplant. She was pleased, and wanted to know their names and how to use them.
Saturday we ran into each other at a craft fair and got to talking. I suggested that during the winter when it is too icy for me to haul the manure, she might deposit it in selected areas. In spring I will start some black currant bushes, and plant some rhubarb, chives, and other easy to grow plants which need no care. She is pleased with this idea.
Hopefully, over time she will catch a little of the gardening bug, and will have some food producing plants in her yard. I will get a lot of horse manure in easy fashion.
This is a very simple community interaction, but it is a start.
What kinds of things have you done to connect with your neighbors and start roots for sustainable community and plant culture?