Columbia Basin Permaculture
Welcome! We hope that you will join us - from where ever you are on the internet or around the globe. We welcome your friendship and encourage you to follow our progress as we restore 21 acres of land in the shrub steppe semi-arid climate of Columbia Basin that has been degraded by over-cropping, overgrazing and most recently a motocross track in the middle of thousands of acres of unsustainable mono crops made possible by cheap fossil fuels.
I finally realized what Permaculture was not. It was not a tree-hugger, hippy, pseudo-religious idea. It was not about a militant, eco-fanatic approach to conservation. It is not “way out there”. However regrettable you will find many who treat Permaculture in this way.
Permaculture is the science of living in concert with nature (as opposed to living in conflict with nature). Natural systems exhibit patterns of interaction and Permaculture seeks to identify and mimic these patterns and relationships and apply their connections in a way that benefits both the environment, agriculture & human life. As each of our individual patterns of life are unique, so too will be the individual integration of our lives in concert with our living spaces.
The application of Permaculture is relevant to projects ranging from low-maintenance landscaping to broad scale food production. The USDA has discovered Permaculture and is placing emphasis on multiple techniques used to build agricultural soils by planting a rotation of crops, using ground covers, and minimizing tilling (see report here).
The rapid expansion of Permaculture science from it's origins in Australia points to a growing awareness of the historical human impact to our planet and delivers an approach to reversing the degradation to our environment. Find out more ... contact us at:
Where We Practice
Located in a dryland, shrub-steppe environment, Columbia Basin Permaculture is exploring designs and techniques uniquely applicable to Permanent-Culture in cold winter/hot summer dryland environments.
Some of our environmental features:
- dry (9" - 15" annual precipitation)
- windy (unobstructed flow)
- little shade (much sun)
- disturbed, bare (alkaline) soil
- evapo-transpiration exceeds precipitation (annually)
- low humidity
- wells are alkaline and many are non-replenishing (and deep)
- extreme seasonal temperatures (105 deg F summer, -20 deg F winter)
- large daily temperature swings (~40 deg F)
- low biomass soils
All-in-all, a challenging and exciting place to do Permaculture!