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What is Sustainable Landscaping

Agriculture remains to be the backbone of most countries. Some people depend on it directly for livelihood (growing and selling the crops). The rest are depending on agriculture whether they realize it or not. That is because the food on their table basically comes from land and farming.

But there are global threats that affect agriculture and food production. There is the industrial agricultural development. There are people who apply certain practices that only focus on the quantity and short-term production. What they do not realize is that there are consequences. There will come a time when the produce is declining and the ecological balance is already destroyed.

That is why we need to implement sustainable landscaping practices starting now. This way we will avoid destroying the ecological balance. We will also actually promote economic viability because we are focusing on the long term.

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What is the best way to achieve agricultural sustainability? Nature is the answer. The success and productivity of natural systems serves as a model for achieving agricultural sustainability. We are also promoting biodiversity this way. That leads to sustainable food production which will help the succeeding generations.

There are organizations which align with that ideal. One is the Balkan Ecology Project. They encourage people to apply sustainable and regenerative practices in food production. This way people can produce affordable and nutritious food while promoting biodiversity. They help themselves and the whole community as a whole because of their practices.

To help people learn about sustainable landscaping, the Balkan Ecology Project offers courses. One is the Regenerative Landscape Design Course. The course is designed to help people learn the holistic approach that natural systems use. People will also know and apply real solutions to problems with large scale food production and land management.

Here is how it works. The course involves surveying real plots of land. The field work will help people learn how nature works and how it applies sustainable practices. This way, participants can make informed decisions that lead to economical and ecological viability when it comes to landscaping and farming.

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Participants will also need to do some earthworks and compost building. There are also written exercises to reinforce the learning process. The end result is that participants will learn the sustainable and regenerative practices hands-on. All of them will go back to their homes ready to apply what they have learned. The same will also happen to you if you join.

The Regenerative Landscape Design Course is only one of the ways how the Balkan Ecology Project helps in promoting sustainable practices and biodiversity. The people behind the course are continuously providing quality education to aspiring growers and landscapers. They also grow and sell plants with high ecological and nutritional value.

Sustainable and regenerative landscaping is the long-term solution to food production and biodiversity. It is a win-win solution for both the people and nature as a whole. The people benefit because they get affordable and nutritious food. The nature also benefits because it achieves biodiversity and sustainability. So if you want to learn sustainable solutions, join the Regenerative Landscape Design Course now.

The Permaculture Research Insitute

PRI Zaytuna Farm functions as a model farm (in development) and permaculture training facility. Geoff and Nadia Lawton, world-renowned permaculture educators and consultants, lead the project. Much of Geoff and Nadia’s time over the last few years has been spent away from the Institute, consulting and helping set up projects in diverse locales around the world. Seeing the worldwide demand for knowledgeable permaculture consultants and teachers increase exponentially, as fuel and fertiliser prices skyrocket and the effects of climate change, soil depletion and water shortages begin to hit hard, priority and focus is now shifting back to the Institute, where growing the training program will increase the output of quality teachers to help fill the growing need for them.

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