Food is essential for life, and the only way to be truly secure and self-existing is to have secure and reliable food resources. The most secure and sustainable way to get food is to grow it yourself. Through our own large garden and property-wide horticulture, the Garden of Eden demonstrates how to cultivate the highest quality foods with the least amount of energy, time, and money, and potentially even without using any major machinery or technology or even purchasing special materials, products, or chemicals.
Right now, our main garden is about half the size of a football field, with irrigated trenches in compost-based soil. Nestled within the main garden is the first section to be installed with over a dozen raised beds in repurposed truck tires. Additionally, there are several other raised beds throughout our entire lot.
Surrounding the garden is a ring of wild-crafted seasonal berry bushes, fruit and nut trees, and
medicinal herbs which require little to no maintenance.
Our long-term plan for the garden includes the planting of additional fruit trees, medicinal and cooking herbs, additional sections of irrigated trenches, and as many wildcrafted plants as the periphery of the property will fit. Eventually, we would love to see every single plant on the property have multiple uses as foods, medicines, and/or materials for building or other uses. We also have plans to create a live food production unit using an old swimming pool and many other recycled materials that will contain fish, small game birds, and support an aquaponics set up to feed plants in a single synergistic system.