Geoff Lawton presents Permaculture in Paradise

The Secret That Feeds Twenty Families with One Acre of Land

Feeding more families on fewer acreage is necessary in times of food insecurity. That's exactly what Dano Gorsich does with his small acreage on the island of Molokai in Hawaii. Here's how he does it.

Do You Need Many Acres of Land to Grow Your Own Permaculture Paradise?

Geoff Lawton met with Dano while teaching an earthworks course. This profitable farm on 1 acre shows you can have an abundance for a whole community.  Imagine what is possible with a simple homestead, even without acres of land, starting where you are today. 

A 34-year-old food forest system feeds Dano, his family, and the surrounding community. As many as twenty families buy fruit and vegetables and enjoy the abundance of tiny land. How are they able to feed twenty families on one acre?

Permaculture in Paradise” shares the story of Dano and his wife, Robin. The couple switched off their TV 34 years ago to cultivate a tiny property in Molokai (HI) forest to focus on permaculture.  I encourage you to watch a 16-minute video I couldn't embed here.

From the video, my biggest disagreement is the implied point that you need to be smart.

If You're Willing to Do the Work, Your Land Will Be Productive

Following appropriate patterns for your environment will get you smart; however, you don't need to be smart to get started.  All the same, this video is inspirational in many ways. 

Often the best path is the one least walked and often contrary to what others believe is survival. Start with desire, build on a solid education, and implement daily. That's how you create abundance, starting where you live today.

When you are getting started, more land can be a problem. Start where you are right now. Even if all you have is one acre, it can be productive. What native plants do good in your area? What kind of food will your family eat?

The key to success is design. A green jungle of vegetation that gets better with age. Trees and vegetables work together for abundance. What makes Dano's property works so well is the food forest system.

The Secret to Permaculture Abundance Is the Food Forest System (And Favorable Weather)

Rather than only having square footage, trees grow vertically. An orchard only has two layers—the ground and fruit on trees. Yet a food forest has seven layers of productivity, including multiple-season production.

There is no denying that the favorable weather of Hawaii helps. But what if you could feed ten families from your land? Or even if you could feed three families, including your own. Wouldn't that be abundance in this time of uncertainty?

Discover permaculture design today so you can get smart about improving the prosperity of your homestead.  Watching this video, you'll notice the abundance that can be yours if you dare to start today.  You're in the right place.

Let's get your homestead going strong!

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