By Esli Meija and Molly Lou Freeman
Benefiting from our rich tropical desert / oasis environment as our ecology classroom, Sierra School student-gardener -ecologists enjoyed an extraordinary visit to Liam McDermott's permaculture garden in Pescadero, BCS on 8th April 2016. We went to learn more about permaculture and complement our visit to Virginia Moonstone Mazetti's permaculture garden last autumn. Liam happily showed us lots of plants and techniques, discussing how he started his garden on a empty and dry desert lot 8 years ago; now it's filled with plants. Liam is passionate about permaculture as a means of sustainable living in harmony with our environment and taking care of our planet. Liam's garden includes composting, mulching, air and dirt layering, grafting, edible hedges, a cob bench, cultivation of perennial and annual plants, and more. A trained permaculture teacher - specialist, Liam's particular interest is in perennial polyculture food and medicine gardens. He seeks to create essential oils from his plants and trees. He is an activist for the earth!
Liam grows palms, roses, cashew, cocoa, kava, neem, baobab, hibiscus, guava, pomegranate, cinnamon, bananas, and surinam cherries, to name of few of the over one hundred species that thrive in his garden.
Liam discussed his particular interest in studying soil and creating natural root networks between his plants in order to sustain damp areas that naturally retain water between plants and enable them to grow.
After out visit, the teachers, students and Liam's family sat down for a refreshing "agua de jamaica" in the garden. Later, it was a pleasure, to look over the garden from the roof terrace of Liam's family's house. Liam gave me, Esli, a Kava plant, with instructions on how to take care of it; and I have already planted it and and am tending to it. We had a great time on our visit! Students and teachers celebrated a fabulous, highly interesting and educational morning, with a group photograph on the upper terrace with Liam's mother, Margarita and life-partner, Béatrice. Thank you, Liam!
Students and teachers edited this blog since January of 2018.