‘Vegetariat’ is the combination of the words vegetarian and proletariat; not, as comes to mind with some of us mature people, Secretariat. (I am a lacto-ovo vegetarian, not an equuis-vegetarian!) Although raised in a traditional East-coast ethnic-influenced household, I have not eaten animals since 1995. I don’t use a microwave, and used to prepare three meals a day for me and my two children for 18 years, give or take, while working a full-time job and a side job. Vegetarianism is worth the effort. Vegetariat began as a vegetarian blog, but became the home page of Finch Frolic Garden Permaculture when my property became a food forest.
I became vegetarian for ethical reasons. I could not reconcile the injustice of setting traps for rats under our house with the fact that a few pet white mice were happily spinning on their wheel (dubbed a ‘poo-wheel’; anyone who has owned a mouse knows why) in our bathroom. As I sought humane methods of pest control, discovered the cruelty with which food animals are treated, and what overgrazing is doing to our planet, I could no longer condone animal torture and slaughter by consuming the animals. Having grown up completely influenced by Disney’s anthropomorphic animals (why didn’t Bambi’s mom come out of the clearing? Why?) I am a complete sucker for animals. As over half the world’s population of animals and insects have disappeared in the last fifty years, I feel that it is imperative to create backyard habitats where man is not kept apart. Since 2011 I have had a 1.68-acre habitat and food forest dubbed Finch Frolic Garden Permaculture. As there are no man-produced chemicals of any kind used here, the birds, butterflies, lizards, frogs, insects, microbes and plants amaze me with their abundance. Our larder is packed with fresh and preserved foods grown on our property.
Permaculture is not Organic Gardening; it is better. It isn’t sustainable, it is regenerative. It is Man and Nature unseparated. In Permaculture, we haven’t been cast out of Eden: we help to recreate and foster it. We are the caretakers of Eden, not its destroyers. Permaculture fosters native habitat and the wildlife that is otherwise rapidly disappearing, and human dietary (and other) needs can be met without destroying the natural world.
Permaculture practices can be used for non-food landscapes as well, incorporating native plants, soil protection, rain collection and Integrated Pest Management into virtually any style of design. In this blog I pass on information freely to those wanting to find out how to walk this path, and make their property -no matter the size – regenerative.
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