Beyond Back Yard Sustainability


Beyond Back Yard Sustainability
Peak Moment 178: Four years ago (episode 51), Scott McGuire asked “how much food can I grow in my back yard to feed my family?” In this episode, we learn the results, and that food supply is not an individual project – it takes a community to feed one another. Scott’s garden later became a CSA (community-supported agriculture) for eight families. Scott is a co-creative gardener – he asks the plants where they want to grow. When plants participate in the design of a garden, they build in energy meridians (like acupuncture lines in our bodies) for optimal vitality and health.

25 thoughts on “Beyond Back Yard Sustainability

  1. silversobe

    Social progress and human well being is always second to monetary gain. If
    a problem is profitable, the problem will remain. Abundance, sustainability
    and efficiency are enemies of profit. Efficiency, abundance, and
    sustainability are enemies of our economic structure for they are inverse
    to the mechanics required to perpetuate consumption.

  2. DoctorsWife56

    Thank you for that insight about asking the plants and muscle testing to
    sort out the locations. I can’t wait to use this process.

  3. Tyler Ellis

    WHY is he talking about homeopathy and energy meridians? what happened to
    science, logic and non-hoaxy bullshit? Plants are scientific as are insects
    and their interactions are as well. Wtf is this chi shit…

  4. melonbarmonster

    Back yards are not sustainable. People spend thousands of dollars on
    equipment, soil, fertilizer, seedlings, etc.. The few extra yield is in no
    way “sustainable”. It’s a nice neighborly interaction. BY gardens are fun
    and produce healthy and tasty vegetables.

  5. westkan

    @melonbarmonster IMO the pioneers where more interdependent that popular
    American mythology would let on. That interdependence was one of the key
    things mentioned in this interview.

  6. HowToChangeTheWorld

    @greenteen85 You’re telling me, I saved some seed earlier today for
    planting next year.

  7. master boss

    this is awesome. i wish we could all work on sustainability. i want to be
    like this when im older. this taught me something new

  8. Koolvedge

    Great Ideas but to adopt an indigenous way of agriculture should come from
    learning to live with them as well. The people with this land to grow
    really need to learn how to accept more than tolerate other kind of people.
    Ignoring that has brought us to this reality. Learning to live in harmony
    with “each other”. A subject that seems invisible. Anything else is the
    answer, except that.

  9. nery colon 1

    This is so true. He said that plants tells you where they want to be. I
    just made a video on how my beans does not like the raised bed and how they
    die. So i decided to put it back where i had it before. Where i had it
    before they were growing beautifully.

  10. Andrea Wisner

    If it works, don’t knock it just because you don’t understand it. Follow
    the money – who benefits? The largest number of people possible, if they
    participate. Some people are making money off of”being green,” but mostly a
    lot of people are sharing vital information for free or cheap.

  11. mistresspav

    Brilliant interview, there is an increasingly number of shoots of hope
    sprouting everywhere, let’s keep learning and growing :)

  12. Tim Johnson

    while I like this….this is over simplified and under thought….there are
    many more things to consider…plagues happen…for no reason…you can try
    and balance all you want…Mother nature will bend you over….

  13. waswestkan

    One commenter missed the point, where Scott reveal tha a lone backyard
    garden can’t provide sustainability, but many backyard gardens used in
    cooperation with others can sustain those living there. In the event the
    dire situation ever comes to be, I see the suburban /urban property owner
    allowing farmer/ gardeners to use their rpoperty. for a share of the
    output. I with Scott on the insect balance theory, because it’s logigical.
    However the talk about meridians, muscle test, specking with plants. To be
    fair at one point speaking to the plants was actually observing in what
    conditions they grow best, and what companion plants work best best
    performance. I’m not convinced that simply speaking to plants helps them to
    perform better. Where it costs nothing to do so, by all means give it a
    shot.

  14. Donald Simon

    I live near Atlanta Georgia and will show any small group how to start a
    community organic garden. I have started two successful ones with some
    awesome people, I know the basics of what to do and what not to do. It’s
    pretty easy.

  15. Blade56762

    “No ‘self’? Community feeding” ? But that is what we have now.

    It is not a new concept, he is re-inventing the wheel.

    As much as I enjoy these gardening programs I am starting to get irritated
    with the over-enthusiasts who bang on about “we SHOULD grow everything we
    eat ourselves”… bollocks to that!

    The simple historical veggie patch always had those who did better – or
    worse – at crops or livestock or whatever, and those people became
    specialists and took over the job from others, which eventually led on to
    the present day…Now we have commercial farmers who specialise in
    livestock, grain crops, fruits or vegetables (usually specific ones, not a
    variety) and do exactly what this man is talking about, only on a global
    level.

    People should aim to provide as much of their own needs (food/clothing/etc)
    as they can, or enjoy doing. Allowing the commercial farmers to do the bulk
    of the work is simply letting an expert earn his living.

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