An Experiment in Back Yard Sustainability

An Experiment in Back Yard Sustainability
Peak Moment 51: Tour Scott McGuire’s “White Sage Gardens” in the back yard of his rental home — a demonstration site for suburban sustainability. He ponders, “How might a household produce and preserve a significant portion of its own food supply?” Composting, a water-conserving greenhouse, and seed-saving are all facets of this beautiful work in progress. []

25 thoughts on “An Experiment in Back Yard Sustainability

  1. Hashishin13

    Yea the problem is that most of them don’t tell you how much they
    themselves produce. The only one I know is the permaculture guy.

  2. peakmoment

    @JackANDJude, thanks for your glowing praise. Robyn and I have gotten more
    confident and stretched our video & on-the-spot planning skills, which is
    why we’re doing more “tours” these days like this one. I know they’re the
    most interesting to watch. Still, I think it’s valuable to hear from people
    who have perspectives on what’s going on around us — the bigger picture of
    collapse and peak oil — in which our gardens and neighborhood emergency
    preparedness will make a huge difference.

  3. blueshadowes

    Great video, but WHY do Americans pronounce HERBS as ERBS…arrrgghhh lol.
    H erbs… H erbs…practice with me ppl H H H H H HERBS lol

  4. peakmoment

    We’ve just taped an update with Scott McGuire for a future program. You can
    read the highlights on my blog “Meet Scott McGuire, ‘maniacal’ co-creative
    gardener” at peakmoment . tv / journal / ?p=162 (remove all the spaces in
    the url). ~Janaia

  5. browntroutfisherman

    Like this channel, very informative and inspiring. Janaia does a great job
    and seems to really imerse herself in her interviewee’s world and clearly
    loves her job. Scott’s back yard cultivation is a great first step that
    many people can take and this is my first year trying to make my own back
    yard in the UK productive. Great work and keep it up.

  6. LadyEsori

    He mentioned growing food not just for yourself, but for your animal. If
    you have a small yard like that, how exactly do you go about growing enough
    food for, say, a dog or cat who are obligate carnivores?

  7. peakmoment

    @csimm48891, the updated show is “Beyond Back Yard Sustainability”, Peak
    Moment episode 178, taped summer 2010.

  8. Urutu C

    absolutely great … it was about time that people start hitting this
    direction … all the best .

  9. classics1000

    Sustainability is right! Thank you for sharing. Although, this could be a
    little overwhelming for a first time gardener. Through research I found a
    system that is just as productive but uses less water, space and time to
    care for. The Bucket Garden was created by a man of experience The Garden
    Master. Before starting a garden to sustain your family or community do
    your research and you will benefit greatly!

  10. GoldenEars69

    Thanks for a really interesting video and for interviewing an interesting
    gardener who hasn’t completely committed to permaculture, but is picking
    the most useful components of it. Greatly appreciated!

  11. Adam Chisholm

    Janaia, I recently discovered your videos, and I’m working my way through
    them bit by bit. I’m awakening to my need to get more involved in creation
    care, and at the same time, I’m realizing how important it is to get myself
    back to living the way we were created to live. Thanks for the videos, I’ll
    keep watching!

  12. Deborah Davis

    Nice video but would have liked a little more info on seed storage as well.
    Thanks for sharing I enjoyed it a lot.

  13. Lansing Allison

    it is now Jan.06,2014 still very useful info I wish I could get more
    interest from my community in grow food for them selves as well their
    family Because at the store it is $2.99 per pound of Tomatoes and today I
    got three pounds of Tomatoes from my garden for free

  14. Martin Carlton

    Inspiring yes but half way through you start touring the grounds and your
    cameraman mostly focuses on you guys talking. Show me the whole wheat and
    oat bed. Ugh! It’s tough watching talking head videos

  15. John Doe

    first i built a fence… beautiful design.. then i figured i’d put a garden
    in the plot, perfect match, segregate a healing design for the eyes and the
    entire being of anyone who see’s, to drive through hood, and simply see a
    blooming garden, open to anyone who even wants to contribute good to it, or
    simply admire, it can heal the hearts and minds, maybe make humble? IDK im
    a dreamer, if everyone was allowing kids from the block to water or plant
    their own fruits/ vegi’s, then if all were insuring good went into it,
    detecting anyone with even a tad bit of bad intention, like poisoning?
    would NOT go un noticied, and picking of fruits for personal consumption,
    and not over doing it, is the POINT of the thing, homeless individuals,
    could go there, in times with no one around, and put in their own labor
    since, the general pop, wont accept them so openly in public, they can
    still reap and sow, and grow healthy instead of losing faith or hope
    without any footing… again idk, its just an idea, turning empty plots
    into gardens for the neighborhood.. …. dtupid idea i know.

  16. Keith Kanyeshna

    Great,Im happy to see this finally,but it is very slowly starting in
    America,like it’s some kind of new discovery or something. Ive traveled
    alot in Ukraine. Here you see peoples yards at every house filled with huge
    gardens of staple foods,like potatos,beets,beans,peas and fruits. They farm
    for survival and they all have root cellars filled with enough food for
    winter. In America gardening seems to be viewed as a neat little hobby or
    something cool to have and the gardens are generally small. Same with our
    farmers markets that only operate from May through October and only on
    Wednesday afternoon and then on Saturday in a rented parking lot. Farmers
    markets are more of a novelty idea and actually more like a craft show or
    something. In Ukraine and most other countries(im in Ukraine now,by the
    way) Farmers markets are open year round seven days a week and closed only
    on holidays. They are much larger and in a building. You can buy everything
    homegrown and home made including milk,cheese,sour
    creams,pickles,meats,vegetables,honey and more. This would never be allowed
    in America. The grocery stores would complain and the government would try
    to shut it down. When we travel to other countries,it really awakens us to
    the reality of our own country and it’s quite frightening. It’s only a
    matter of time before there is a major food shortage in America. If you
    have a garden it will be raided and everything stolen because most people
    have no idea how to survive or grow anything. Here in Ukraine and
    Russia,people will work together, survive and live on,while Americans
    starve, kill and rob for food. 

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