of Todos Santos
photos thanks to Roger Herrera Tapia, environmental activist and ecologist from Water Keepers of Baja California Sur
by Aliya Acacia Flores, 6th Grader
We went to a permaculture garden on the 29th of October 2015. We went to learn more about ecology and composting.
During our visit, we had a tour with Virginia Moonstone Mazzetti, master organic gardener and permaculturist. We talked and learned about permaculture. Permaculture means our relationship with our environment, such as growing food, the art of observation, designing gardens and making conscious choices. Permaculture leads to diversity, stability and resiliance in environments. Permaculture is useful for reparing damaged ecosytems. Permaculture involves organic gardening methods like composting and mulching. In order for permaculture to work, it needs features and functions; for example, where two ecosystems meet there are more animals and plants. The feature is a fenceline, the function is to offer privacy and divide a property. Two phrases from permaculturists are 1) "Start small and build on your successes." Moonstone explained this by introducing us to her Palo de Arco woodlot, her first planting on her site. Now she uses the wood for building shade structures. 2) Another phrase is, "Creative use and respond to change." Moonstone explained this by showing how she used cement building debris as the base for a covered sand hill. She also explained how Hurricane Odile influenced her garden and caused great blossoming of her trees.
At the end of our visit, we each drew a picture of something we saw in the garden (see photos of us drawing above). Right before leaving, Moonstone shared with us how to compost, what to put in your compost pile and what not too. We learned to make our own compost pile to enrich our school vegetable and flower garden. Thanks to this visit, we have actually begun our own composting experiment and have made two kinds: a compost pile and a compost hole.
Thank you Moonstone! This was a beautiful and wonderful visit!
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