Small-scale intensive systems; including plant stacking and time stacking

Small scale intensive systems promotes production through community labour forces. Small scale systems can be managed with less resources to a high quality whilst also ensuring that the energy is being used efficiently. The system is not labour intensive if there is a community recognising the work load and distributing tasks, with a collaborative understanding that the end goal is to produce food for the area.

"At this moment, it seems clear that planning for highly intensive, biologically-based food production at the doorstep is the only way out of future crisis." Mollison and Slay

Time Stacking is an effective way to use the land, by recognising what can share the same area. Growing crops and creating a space for livestock is an example of how sequences can be overlapped.

Plant Stacking is where you can grow a different plant in the same area when you recognise the light and water requirements. "Taller and short species, climbing plants, and herbs, placed according to their heights, shade tolerance and water requirements." Mollison and Slay

 

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