My mother practices permaculture. Permaculture “develops sustainable human settlements and self-maintained agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems. In simple terms, it means you live on the land as part of the land.
The night I arrive, the moon rises over a jungle of bounty. To the unpracticed eye, it looks like garden chaos. I know better. We go out in the morning for breakfast, and to harvest. Mulberries first. They look like blackberries, and grow in a tree with spashy leaves. So delicious. I pick a box full. Beside the mulberry tree a huge fig taunts me – I missed the season, and second growth will not ripen this year.
Then Italian plums. The tree is so full it looks like a comic book picture. It's a bit early, so I shake the tree to get the riper ones. Next we take the years harvest from the hazelnut trees. She has three, all nestled together along a path. My favorite way to harvest is to climb under the lower branches and look up into the tree, or sideways. Hazelnuts are engulfed by a lacy leaf. As I pick them, I imagine what it would be if this were a major part of part of my diet for the rest of year. If harvesting a nut tree were like going to the grocery store to stock up for the winter. It was not that long ago our fore-mothers did this.
I love it that my mom practices permaculture. Its a heart connection she keeps for me, my family and those around her to the earth- to nature.
Posted by Laura Musikanski, ED of HI