I had forgotten how important the area right around the house is. How amazingly productive a super small, but stacked and well-managed space can be.
The Permaculture-designed homestead is an amazing place to be. Even on a tiny piece of land, a permified homestead can produce an amazing variety of healthy, natural food, energy, and medicine. Here, I have outlined the five most critical components to any Permaculture homestead, even on one as small as 1/10th acre.
Coffee is an incredible plant. It is a shade tolerant bush that lives for many years, producing a small red fruit whose seed is roasted, brewed, and enjoyed all over the world. Guatemala produces over 200 million kilos of coffee for export each year, and it is a major cash crop in most of the rural highlands of the country. Aside from that, Guatemala also suffers from chronic malnutrition. According to the World Food Programme, one in five children in Guatemala experiences stunting due to malnutrition. A while back, I began to wonder if there was some connection between the rise of coffee production and malnutrition in Guatemala.
You may have heard of the Root-Shoot Ratio but still not totally get the idea behind it, as I struggled to do for my first few years in the garden. In this post, I'll demystify it so that you can be on your way to plant propagation excellence!