Permaculture with Cliff Davis of Spiral Ridge Permaculture

What is Permaculture? Cliff Davis from Spiral Ridge permaculturePermaculture joins us to talk about how you can get started and keep going with Permaculture.

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Spiral Ridge Permaculture, LLC is a family owned and operated whole systems design firm and educational homestead located in the Cumberland-Green bioregion of middle Tennessee.

Spiral Ridge Permaculture, LLC  is committed to regenerating land and culture by integrating innovative technologies within the field of regenerative agriculture.  We see the following systems and technologies necessary because of their ability to  make use of renewable energy, mitigate drought, increase profits, create resilient ecosystems, regenerate soil, improve nutrition, sequester carbon, increase biodiversity and save family farms.

Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive
ecosystems, which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. Without permanent agriculture there is no possibility of a stable social order. Permaculture design is a system of assembling conceptual, material and strategic components in a pattern which functions to benefit life in all its forms.

Agroforestry is an integrated approach of using the interactive benefits from combining trees and shrubs with crops and/or livestock. It combines agricultural and forestry technologies to create more diverse, productive, profitable, healthy, and regenerative land-use system.
Agroforestry systems can be advantageous over conventional agricultural and forest production methods. They can offer increased productivity, economic benefits, and more diversity in the ecological goods and services provided.
Biodiversity in agroforestry systems is typically higher than in conventional agricultural systems. With two or more interacting plant species in a given land area, it creates a more complex habitat that can support a wider variety of birds, insects, and other animals.
Agroforestry is the best way to transition from an annual energy intensive agriculture to a perennial regenerative agriculture.

Holistic management describes a systems thinking approach to managing resources that builds biodiversity, improves production, generates financial strength, enhances sustainability, and improves the quality of life for those who use it.
At its core, the holistic decision making framework uses the holistic goal to guide decision making. The holistic goal ties people’s desired way of life, based on what they value most deeply (materially and spiritually), to the ecosystems and resources that support their vision. All actions and decisions are tested to determine whether or not they will help reach the established holistic goal. Testing and management guidelines, planning procedures and a feedback loop assure constant monitoring of the success of decisions.
The holistic management framework also considers the key role that animals play in renewing the land, and recognizes the nature and importance of four basic ecosystem processes: the water cycle, the mineral cycle, energy flow, and community dynamics (the relationship between organisms in an ecosystem). The framework identifies eight tools for managing these ecosystem processes: human creativity, technology, rest, fire, grazing, animal impact, living organisms, and money and labor.

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