Tending the Wild Across North America Kat Anderson spent 17 years interviewing native elders from around California. Their stories illustrate whole-ecosystem caretaking based on agroforestry and managing wild plant and animal populations for harvest. Analagous patterns are found in the history (and sometimes present day) of every inhabited ecosystem in North America.
Soaproot – Chlorogalum spp. A “wild” plant physiologically adapted to human harvesting and use.
A Radical Idea: STEP INTO ACTION “You Have FullAuthorityto Improve Creation!” – Geoff Lawton …no matter how small your wheelbarrow!
Humans are Keystone Species There’s a learning curve in all phases of design. There’s an unlearning curve in how we relate to our habitat – cultural views of people and nature as separate. As permaculture designers, we are building relationship with our role as ecosystem managers.
References on Ecology and Reading the Landscape Reading the Forested Landscape – Tom Wessels Sierra Club Naturalist’s Guide to your region Peterson’s Field Guide: Ecology (Eastern or Western) Northern Woodlands magazine Local old-timers: farmers, foresters, maple tappers, herbalists, hunters…
References on Indigenous Land Use Tending the Wild – M. Kat Anderson 1491 – Charles Mann Changes in the Land – William Cronon Enduring Seeds – Gary Paul Nabhan The Voice of the Dawn – Frederick Matthew Wiseman …and ultimately, the elders themselves.