Earth and Permaculture: There is a vast potential for Permaculture in urban living.  It creates sustainable systems for food and other essentials in sustainable ways by designing landscapes that work with nature rather than against nature. This works in Dallas-Fort Worth

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Permaculture: Sustainable urban living in Dallas-Fort Worth!

Permaculture is about relationships. All plants have a particular purpose and are placed in careful relationship with other plants.

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Potential for Permaculture

The potential for urban Permaculture is vast:

  • If your goal is to garden from a hammock, urban Permaculture will get you there.

  • If your goal is supply food from an apartment patio or a small backyard in a sustainable manner, urban Permaculture is for you.

  • If your goal is to turn a city yard into a sustainable garden for people, beauty, food, and wild animals, urban Permaculture is the means to reach your goal.

  • If your goal is to live sustainably in a green home, Permaculture can teach you how. 

Permaculture Defined

Permaculture was “founded” in Australia by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren over 30 years ago. It is based on the following three ethical principles:

1. Care of the earth
2. Care of its inhabitants
3. Sharing the surplus


Multiple Functions and Elements

All elements of a Permaculture design have multiple functions and all functions are supported by multiple elements.

A few examples:

1. Food comes from many plants, not just one or two. That plant variety attracts a variety of pollinators and other beneficial insects.

2. Water is harvested and retained in a variety of ways. This not only reduces demands on city water, it also ensures that the system will continue to thrive during times of drought.

3. A tree provides summer shade for a south window, fruit for food, and habitat for birds. It also builds the soil by fixing nitrogen, thus enabling plants around it to grow.


Permaculture is about relationships. All plants have a particular purpose and are placed in careful relationship with other plants. Diverse plants with diverse relationships produce a “synergistic” effect, creating a thriving ecological community.

Urban Forest Gardens

One example is the urban forest garden.

Urban yards model themselves after natural forest eco-systems but focus on plants that provide food, beauty, cover for small animals, and other resources. They use vertical space to make up for what they lack in horizontal space.

All seven layers (root, ground cover, herb layer, shrubs, small trees, large trees, vines) can be occupied by plants that offer not only beauty but food, medicine, or other benefits as well.

When appropriately designed for a particular bio-region, forest gardens provide an abundance of food in a way that is self-perpetuating, self-fertilizing, self-mulching, self-watering, self-pollinating and highly resistant to disease.

Use Waste as Resources

Another advantage of Permaculture is the use of what many would consider "waste" as resources.

There is a loop in modern society that has cities draining resources away from rural areas while producing pollution and waste that is often sent back to the rural area of origin or to another rural area. Permaculture closes this loop by producing most of the needs within the city and making better use of waste.

Energy-Efficient Building

Green or energy-efficient building is an element of Permaculture as is the use of renewable energy and rainwater harvesting.

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Sun, Nov 20 - Dr. Melanie Joy will speak at 7 pm at First Unitarian Church, 4015 Normandy Avenue, (Preston Rd at St Andrews) Room Room #305, Dallas, 75205. Dr. Joy is the author of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows. Using powerful imagery, thought-provoking analyses, and a compelling narrative, Dr. Joy says how, although unjust ideologies (racism, sexism, ableism, carnism, etc.) all are unique, the mentality that enables such interlocking systems is strikingly similar. When unnoticed, these ideologies can cause us to act against our core values, our own interests, and the interests of others. Free

Sun, Nov 20 - All-vegan, all-you-can-eat buffet from 12 noon until 2 pm. New Start Veg, (972 243-0507) 2330 Royal Lane, ste 900, Dallas 75229. Just west of I-35 on the south side of Royal. Call host for info:  James Bisby 469-371-1938


Sun, Nov 20 -  Dallas Trekkers group walks at White Rock Lake at 8 m. Meet at Doctors Hospital, 9330 Poppy Drive, Dallas.  972-489-3072 for more information. Small charge.


Sun, Nov 20 - Transition Dallas Hub potluck and meeting in Carrollton. Discuss Transition Town Initiative goals of localizing food production. lowering our carbon footprint, and building community. RSVP to for location. 6 pm, bring dish to share.


Mon, Nov 21 - The Dallas Chapter of Native Plant Society meets. Social time begins at 6:30 with refreshments at the back. A speaker is scheduled at 7:30 pm. REI store, located on the north side of LBJ between Midway and Welch. Take the stairs to the second floor and turn left to find the meeting rooms. Free


Tue, Nov 22 - North Texas River Runners Club meet at 7 pm at the Lake Arlington Meeting Room, Richard Simpson Park, 6300 West Arkansas Lane, Arlington. NTRR, P.O. Box 171522, Arlington, TX 76003


NEW Thu, Nov 24 - Gentle Thanksgiving Veg'n Buffet at 1 pm at
Madras Pavilion, 101 S Coit #359, Richardson, 75080. PLEASE RSVP to Terry if you are coming so we will have a large enough table for all at 817 443-2553 or  Madras Pavilion is having a special vegetarian buffet and several vegan choices are available. You will pay for your own food and beverage. Good veg'n, animal, and earth-friendly camaraderie is free for all!


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Sat, Nov 26 Vegan Potluck, Come share vegan recipes, good vegan food, and good veg company on the 4th Saturday of each month at 5:00 pm at Westside Unitarian Universalist Church, located at 901 Page Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas 76110. Contact Russell at for more information.

Thu, Dec 1 - North Texas chapter of Native Plant Society meets at 7 pm at Fort Worth Botanic Garden, located off University Drive west of downtown at 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard. From Interstate 30, exit north on University Drive; the Botanic Garden begins on the west side of the street. Free

Sat, Dec 3 - Fort Worth Vegetarian Society monthly dinner at Spiral Diner, 6:30 pm. 1314 W Magnolia at 6th, Fort Worth. No reservation necessary; look for FWVS sign. Event is free except for cost of your food and beverage.

Sat, Dec 3 - SPCA of Texas’ Pet Grief recovery program for those grieving the loss of a beloved companion animal. Meet at 1 pm at the conference room at SPCA of Texas, 2400 Lone Star Drive, Dallas. Free.

Sun, Dec 4- Sustainable Sunday: Vegan Buffet every first Sunday at Papaya Garden, 1201 W. Airport Frwy #100, 817 684-9378, Euless on the corner of Airport Fwy (Hwy 183) and Industrial from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. Fort Worth Vegetarian Society has a table if you want to ask for them at door.

Mon, Dec 5 - Fort Worth Bicycling Association meeting at 7 pm at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX, Building #2, room 2-100. Park in lot A and enter the lower level. Look for the yellow FWBA signs. Free

Tue, Dec 6 - Sustainable East Dinner at 7 pm to socialize, get-acquainted, and plan an abundant future for the eastern area of DFW which is energy-lean, time-rich, less stressful, healthier and happier.  Come meet some new people and get involved in this Transition Initiative to build a resilient local economy for a bioregion that is from the towns around Lake Ray Hubbard to the area around Lake Tawakoni and from I-30 to I-20, give or take a few miles. For those who are interested in general sustainability in their own community. Networking and documentaries, of course, but also talks about organic gardening, Permaculture, green building/remodeling, homesteading skills plus invitations to public officials to make our communities more sustainable. Koung's Thai Restaurant, vegetarian and vegan options available here at 2006 S Goliad St, Ste 218, Rockwall on the corner of I-30 and SH 205 (Goliad St). Please RSVP to Terry at 972 251-1532 or

Thu, Dec 8 - Fort Worth Audubon Society meets 7:30 pm, Research and Education (RES) Bldg, Everett Hall, Room 100, at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (formerly Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine) at 3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard at Montgomery, Fort Worth.

Sat, Dec 10 - Black Vegetarian Society of Texas food preparation class will be at 11:30 am, at the Nash-Davis Recreation Center, 3710 N. Hampton Rd, West Dallas (214.670.6194). We eat what we prepare. The cost is just $10 for BVSTX members and $15 for BVSTX friends. Fees for the class may be mailed to: BVST, P O Box 116950, Carrollton, TX 75011-6950

Sat, Dec 10 - Bird and nature walk on interpretive wetlands trail at Texas Fisheries Center, 5550 F.M. 2495, Athens, 75752. Entry fees apply. 903 676-2277.

Sat, Dec 10 - White Rock Lake Cleanup. Walk and talk while helping to pick up trash and recyclables at White Rock Lake Park. Meet from 8 am - 9 am at the Love of the Lake office, 1152 N Buckner Blvd, #123, Dallas, on the Northeast corner of Garland Rd. and Buckner Blvd for a free continental breakfast that includes free juice, coffee, other goodies. Gloves, trash bags, etc. provided. There are always birds and wildflowers to enjoy. Clean-up finished by 11 am.

Sat, Dec 10 - Guided Trinity River Expedition via canoe. In addition to seeing the beauty (and sometimes the lack of same) of the river, veteran canoe guide Charles Allen will point out American Indian sites and other historical artifacts as you paddle. From 8:30 am until mid-afternoon. $45 payable when reservation made. Trips are rain or shine. Other details by calling 214-941-1757. Although trips may change because of local boating conditions, scheduled trip is for West Fork, Hwy. 157 to Hwy. 360, 7 miles, River Legacy park, proximity of Bird's Fort site, Woodbine sandstone, seldom paddled, difficult access.

Sat, Dec 10 - Holiday Market from 9 am - 3 pm. White Rock Local Market 702 N. Buckner Blvd, at the corner of Northcliff Dr. in Dallas.

Wed, Dec 14 - Free Attorneys from 5:30 pm to 8 pm by the Dallas Bar at 214 220-7476. Lawyers answer any kind of legal question. You remain anonymous.

Wed, Dec14 - Arlington Conservation Council meets at 7 pm, Fielder Museum,1616 W. Abram St at Fielder, Arlington.

Thu, Dec 15 - Audubon Dallas meets at 7 pm at Trinity River Audubon Center..Trinity River Audubon Center' (TRAC), 6500 South Loop 12, Dallas, 75217. 214 398-8722. Free.

Thu, Dec15 - Trinity River Audubon Center's (TRAC) free day. Take a hike, listen for frogs, watch the river roll by, enjoy the LEEDs building.. Free all day. all day and evening at 6500 South Loop 12, Dallas, TX 75217. TRAC is an amazing place.

Sat, Dec 24 - Vegan potluck from 5-7 pm at Westside UU Church, 901 Page Av, Fort Worth, 76110. Free and open to all. Bring a vegan dish to share.

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