Permaculture is not a new concept. In fact, the practice of sustainable and self-sufficient farming has been around for decades.
Jeff Hancock is a member of the Suffolk Master Gardeners and he uses his knowledge of permaculture and bee-keeping to influence the rest of the group. His home, called Lady Slipper Farms, provides ample amounts of sustenance and enjoyment for his family. The bounty of his harvests also benefits friends and neighbors.
“When you have excess, you share it.”
While there are differences in the individual designs and aesthetics, ultimately the goal is responsible care of the earth.
“The first ethic of permaculture is care for the earth. The cornerstone of permaculture is developing soil. In essence, soil is life.”
As a Marine, Jeff says he spent so much time destroying the earth that he wanted to find a way to give back. This was one of the things that motivated him to study horticulture. There was also the more personal motivation as he hopes to keep his family healthy by providing natural food without the use of chemicals.
“If I can create a better world for my grandchildren, I did my job.”
Jeff Hancock is a member of the Suffolk Master Gardeners. Be sure to stop and say hello if you see him at one of their events.
This episode was filmed by Leon Guanzon and Stephen Farris.