Updated: Mar 7
Permaculture principle 3 is "Obtain a yield" and it can be applied in urban areas in several ways. Here are some ideas:
Growing food: In urban areas, space is often limited, but there are still plenty of ways to grow food. Container gardening, vertical gardening, and rooftop gardens are all options for producing fresh fruits and vegetables. Growing food not only provides a yield of delicious produce but also contributes to a more sustainable lifestyle.
Composting: Composting is an excellent way to obtain a yield in urban areas. Kitchen scraps and yard waste can be turned into nutrient-rich soil amendments that can be used to grow plants. Composting can be done on a small scale, such as with a worm bin, or on a larger scale in a community garden.
Rainwater harvesting: In urban areas where water is often scarce, rainwater harvesting can provide a yield of free water for plants and other uses. Rainwater can be collected from rooftops and stored in barrels or cisterns.
Solar energy: Urban areas often have plenty of sun exposure, making them ideal for solar energy production. Installing solar panels can provide a yield of renewable energy that can be used to power homes or businesses.
Community sharing: In urban areas, it can be challenging to grow enough food or produce enough energy to meet individual needs. However, by sharing resources with neighbors, the community as a whole can obtain a yield. For example, a community garden can provide fresh produce for everyone involved, while a community solar installation can provide renewable energy for multiple households.
Help Us Grow!
At Rusty Top Farms, we're dedicated to supporting our veterans and helping them experience the healing power of gardening. We're currently raising funds to build garden crates for veterans who may not have access to a garden or who may need extra support to get started.
Each garden crate costs us $300 to build, and we rely on donations from our community to make this project possible. If you'd like to support our mission and help us build garden crates for veterans, please consider making a donation through our fiscal sponsor at rustytopfarm.com/donate. Every donation counts and makes a difference in the lives of our veterans.
Thank you for your support and let's continue to work together to support our veterans and build a more resilient community!