Kinglsey is the newest member of the Produce to the People team, he is one of our work for the dole supervisors and all round nice guy. (Fun fact: He is applying for the Australian version of Survivor and we think he will be SO AWESOME as a contestant).
I asked him for his bio and this is what he gave me…
Is the way we grow our food worth the damage it causes the environment?
We humans with our superior intellect and opposable thumbs transform the landscape to our needs and impose our will upon all other life. We cut down forests, dam rivers, grow animals in pens, spray poisons on our fruit and vegetables, manipulate genetics, release viruses to control pests, destroy habitats and kill animals to extinction, we plunder the oceans, grow plants hydroponically and think it’s good, we deplete the soils of nutrients and replace it with chemicals and then pollute the earth with our by products and waste.
I’ve worked with cattle, goats, sheep and deer. I’ve worked on orchards, cropping farms and in forestry and the one thing they had in common is that they where monocultures, they were all grown in isolation, in a manipulated environment with the use of chemicals and sprays, vaccines and drenches.
I was talking to an old guy the other day, he grew up on a fifty acre farm at the back of Ulverstone and I asked him what they grew and he said everything. They butchered their meat, grew their vegies and milked the cows. Now we have such a disconnection with food and where it comes from. We have kids coming over to the farm that have never picked fruit from a tree or vegetables from the garden, that don’t see the connection between that live chicken and a piece of KFC. That haven’t seen how animals, plants and the soil are all interrelated.
I’ve been interested in permaculture since the early nineties when I first picked up a copy of an introduction to permaculture by Bill Mollison and David Holgram. The ethics of permaculture, care of the earth, care of people and the sharing of surplus. The principles, integrate rather than segregate, use and value diversity, produce no waste, obtain a yield, observe and interact, it just made sense to me.
I’m thankful to be given this opportunity to work with Produce to the People and the Burnie High School. To have this chance to pass on some of my knowledge and to incorporate permaculture design principles into the school farm. To help create a sustainable community garden, where surplus in given away, where kids can pick fruit from a tree, where you can walk through a food forest and see the different foods ripen with the seasons. To see the interaction between plants and how they can benefit each other. Maybe one day one of the kids passing through the farm might lead the way to a more sustainable, holistic, chemical free, farming future.