This article contains information about our Veganic EcoPeaceful Food Forest in the desert, just 5 miles from the Las Vegas Strip!
In November of 2014, we purchased an abandoned (5 years) vacant (a boarded up former crack house, with most of the windows broken, smashed walls, electrical wiring stripped, overgrown with weeds...) in the city of Las Vegas, on one 3rd of an acre with the intention of showing how you can grow a Sustainable and Veganic Food Forest... in the DESERT!
We are rebuilding the house and transforming the land (covered in weeds and landscape rocks, with plastic weeds barrier) and soil (in many places embedded with trash/plastic).
In addition to making many energy saving upgrades for the home, we are sourcing as much as possible from local resources and growing as much diversity and variety as is possible and reasonable for our food forest.
1) Do more educational articles and videos,
2) Have classes and tours both from us and experts,
3) Use our home and food forest project as a demonstration as to what is possible with accurate information, knowledgeable consultants and some smart and hard work!
1) Avoidance, reduction and removal of pollution, toxins, harmful chemicals...
2) No use of any animal products or byproducts from animals who are subjected to the common practices of: confinement, imprisonment, abuse, reproductively manipulated, kidnapping, body mutilations, killing...
3) Sharing, co-existing, working with, seeking first to understand, patience... and the like,
as opposed to: domination, dictatorship, annihilation, murderous rampage, revenge...
4) Seeking out and collecting highly accurate: advisors and information
5) Using and working towards applying the most eco-friendly: products, services, and tools
6) Refuse, Reduce, Repair, Recycle, Reinvent, Rethink, Resource as much as possible from local resources
7) Learn, share, coach/mentor, consult and train others, and be a space for those who want to do the same
Side note - So far our marriage has survived this project, so we are looking for much more challenging projects in the future! If you have relationship challenging project ideas please send them our way. ;-)
Here is a list of just a few of the many strategies that we incorporate (listed alphabetically):
Increase - food production, sustainability, biodiversity, clean air, clean water, food recycling, local resources, soil nutrition and water retainment
Reduce and/or Eliminate - water run-off, landfill pollution, pollution and toxins
Prevent - water and soil pollution, water loss, soil erosion
Avoid - harmful: practices, amendments, products and chemicals
Transform - lifeless soil and rocks into a thriving and sustainable edible landscape
"Observe Nature thoroughly rather than labor thoughtlessly." Masanobu Fukuoka
VIDEO ABOUT OUR PROJECT
Video by John Kohler about our EcoPeaceful Sustainable Veganic* Desert Food Forest Project:
"Self-Reliance Urban Homestead Creates Fertilizer from Waste FREE"
BEFORE & AFTER IMAGES
OUR ECOPEACEFUL GARDENING VIDEO CHANNEL
EcoPeaceful Gardening: youtube.com/channel/UCaIMOEPxjDH6NbK4wbBTe2w
WEBSITES & ARTICLES ABOUT VEGANIC GARDENING
Vegan Organic Network - VeganOrganic.net
Going Green International - Veganic Organic Networks' twice a year magazine
Go Veganic - GoVeganic.net
Certified Veganic - U.S. - GoVeganic.net/spip.php?article106
Vegan Organic Gardening - Wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegan_organic_gardening
Animal-free agriculture- Wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal-free_agriculture
Stockfree Organic Services - StockFreeOrganic.net
Harold Brown describes stock-free farming - Veganiculture.blogspot.com/2012/12/harold-brown-describes-stock-free.html
Interview with vegan permaculturalist, Graham Burnett - VeganViews.org.uk/vv99/vv99permaculture.html
List of some Veganic Soil Amendments - TheVeganTruth.blogspot.com/search/label/growing%20vegan-organic
Easy Guide to Vegan Organic Fertilizers - GentleWorld.org/easy-guide-to-vegan-organic-fertilizers
What is Vegan Organic Gardening? - GentleWorld.org/what-is-vegan-organic-gardening
A Guide to Veganic Volunteering - GentleWorld.org/a-guide-to-veganic-volunteering
VIDEOS ABOUT FOOD FORESTS & VEGANIC GARDENING
Individuals & Organizations that Donate and/or Support (listed in no specific order):
The Living Works/Dennis Raatz - TheLivingWorks.org
Urban Hydro Greens - UrbanHydroGreens.com
Robert 'Bob' Morris - XtremeHorticulture.blogspot.com
John Kohler - Youtube.com/user/GrowingYourGreens
Rhonda Killough - ProjectAngelFaces.org
Anand Sahaja & Mason Green - WholeWayHome.com
Food Forest - An intentionally dense gardening project with a primary focus on growing plants that offer food and/or herbal medicine.
Veganic - A combination of the terms and principles of Vegan and Organic. Veganic is sometimes referred to as Stock-Free. Stock refers to the 'keeping' (caging/confinement/fencing) of sentient domesticated animals (usually bred and raised to be killed) and the use of their byproducts, like: animal manures or animal parts (bone meal, blood meal, fish meal...).
See also Vegan permaculture, Vegan biodynamic agriculture, Veganiculture, Forest Gardening and Animal-free agriculture.
Permaculture - The intentional development of a sustainable and self-sufficient agricultural ecosystems
NOTE: This is not a finalized page. Updates, more educational information and links to resources (videos, articles, podcasts...) will be added to this page.