Sheldon Showarth plants Kentucky Wonder beans in EarthBoxes in a physics lab. Jasper Place High School has a greenhouse project where they are developing a permaculture garden. Photographs by: Shaughn Butts, edmontonjournal.com
It is good to see permaculture and plastics occupying the same space in an article about plant science and growing food plants.
A goodly number of "urban farming" activists I have encountered here in New York have managed to distort the meaning of the permaculture concept.
Many have a cult-like fervor on the level of religious zealotry about gardening in the ground only. In their often sanctimonious view, the only acceptable way to grow food is in the dirt, never mind that urban soil is often contaminated with toxic heavy metals. Also never mind that most urbanite in-ground gardening is less productive and uses more water.