Land and Nature Stewardship



Bio-intensive gardening
Use of compost, double digging, companion planting and natural pest control to produce the maximum amount of food in the minimum area.

Forest gardening
Producing food from trees, perennial and annual plants in a system that mimics a natural forest.

Seed saving
Collecting and storing seeds, often with the aim of maintaining certain strains.

Organic agriculture
Commercial agriculture that uses natural fertilisers and pest control methods.

A system of organic agriculture and gardening based on the work of Rudolf Steiner.

Natural farming
A Japanese system of organic agriculture involving minimal or no use of tillage and animal manures, most notably associated with Masanobu Fukuoka.

Regrarian - a global synthesis of successful holistic farm design and practice

Keyline water harvesting
A system of landscape analysis, water harvesting and soil development using dams, channels and soil condition ploughing, developed by P.A.Yeomans.

Holistic rangeland management
A system that uses intensive rotational grazing of livestock to sustainably manage land and provide animal yields, developed and taught by Allan Savory.

Natural sequence farming
A system of gabions, revegetation, and swales, to restore health and productivity of floodplains, developed by Peter Andrews.

Integrated production of pastures and/or crops with timber and/or tree crops.

Nature-based forestry
Sustainable forestry that uses mixed species, long rotations, minimal impact harvesting and natural regeneration in wild and planted timber forests.

Integrated aquaculture
Aquatic systems that provide most of the food for harvested fish and/or other animals.

Wild harvesting & hunting 
Gathering food and other yields from wild plants and animals.

Gathering of food wasted by commercial production.


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Permaculture is the art and science of designing human beings' place in the environment.

Permaculture design teaches you to understand and mirror the patterns found in healthy natural environments. You can then build profitable, productive, sustainable, cultivated ecosystems, which include people, and have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems.

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Comment by Billa Kgari on March 27, 2014 at 2:54pm
Comment by Susannah Usova on June 25, 2013 at 1:59pm

Good post Spencer, I am making my garden here slowly but surely, composting in to the earth to create more worms and a healthier soil....and yes there is such a spiritual aspect to gardening, its so lovely.....being at one with nature in the garden.....and the elements....I aslo find that crystal energy is very benefical for the vibrations of the garden and for earth, I like to hang crystals around the house shining onto the garden and as they turn the rays of light seem to energise the energy of the home and of the garden and us too.

Comment by Spencer Nielsen on December 2, 2012 at 6:48pm

Indeed - elemental stewardship.  From the foundation of Earth Care, and love for Earth, for our Kin, for the Elements, we choose to take care of Life.  The set of methodologies create a unified Science of land care, a Design process for gardens - wild and spaces of Love - Practices to cultivate Life and create Abundance.  All of these woven together creates the Art of Being, of Living.  Whenever we work with the elements (from Breathing to Eating, walking to gardening - all the time, really), comes the opportunity to connect on a physical and beyond physical level. The elements themselves are available as portals to the Divine that has manifested in various forms and elemental patterns.

While the systems offered have existed on their own, they are available to be woven with spiritual awareness and service, so thanks for the reminder.  Land stewardship is the basic foundation, co-creation with Spirit is the highest potential, and in between we find ourselves working in tribal relations.

Looking forward to hearing/reading how others are incorporating these and other land tending practices with cosmic/earth consciousness.  Biodynamics is pretty incredible...and we have potential to dream up our own systems for our own spaces.

Comment by C Wells on December 1, 2012 at 8:37am

Very few days go by anymore where I do not apologize to the earth for the harm I've done it with my unconscious lifestyle and also for the harm that humans have done.  Seems to me more and more that the only tangible thing I find in life is an overwhelming love for this beautiful planet.   I look forward to learning all the group components and also hope that there is a spiritual element added to all the practical skills because awareness of the magic of the earth is so important.

Comment by Spencer Nielsen on December 1, 2012 at 8:30am

"The problem is the opportunity."  So says one of the Permaculture principles.  I have been seeing this manifest in many ways in the garden and beyond.  Designing food forests here at Bhakti Farm and planting trees (citrus) have been my focus the last couple weeks.  Digging swales (on contour ditches) and burying woody debris under the berms - then planting citrus trees along with a whole guild: comfrey, artichokes, rhubarb, fava beans...

Then comes a huge storm this week - letting me watch the ditches fill with water and the wind whip around.  Ah - where to plant the windbreak?  Now I have a better sense.  While some of the citrus have some tender flowers (kinda late, I know), others have small fruit - both are sensitive to these high winds.  So as a designer and tended of this space, what is my best course of action?  Using Permaculture's sector analysis has been an integral technique for assessment and it comes to plant choices: sea buckthorn? nitrogen fixing, evergreen shrub with edible/medicinal berries.  How many functions can I stack in for each plant I choose to plant in my garden?  Not "just" food for us - but fodder for animals, nectar/pollen for bees, nitrogen and/or nutrient accumulator for soil life, fuel to feed the fire place...and the list goes on.  Check out Perennial Vegetables by Eric Toensmeier for some multi purpose plants.  Edible Forest Gardens vol. 2 by him and Dave Jacke has been an indispensable resource for designing and creating abundance.

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