"I can't conceive of anything being more varied and rich and handsome than the planet Earth. And its crowning beauty is the natural world. I want to soak it up, to understand it as well as I can, and to absorb it. And then I'd like to put it together and express it in my paintings. This is the way I want to dedicate my work." -Robert Bateman
"Sometimes a painting is a plea to the viewer to care - to care as deeply as the artist about the earth and its inhabitants." - Rachel Rubin Wolf
"What permaculturists are doing is the most important activity that any group is doing on the planet. We don't know what details of a truly sustainable future are going to be like, but we need options, we need people experimenting in all kinds of ways and permaculturists are one of the critical gangs that are doing that." -Dr. David Suzuki
"Is it all worth it? If we do our best to heal the Earth and make our place in her a sustainable one, is there a good chance that we will succeed?…to my mind that’s the wrong question. Even if we could answer it – and we can never know anything about the future for certain - it would beg the question: How do I want to live my life? So my answer to the question...is that I want to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem. -Patrick Whitefield ‘Earth Care Manual’
1. Care for the Earth
2. Care for People
3. Return the surplus
Central New York State
USDA Hardiness Zone: 5B (-15F to -10F)
[Old USDA Hardiness Zone: 4B (-25F to -20F)]
Average date of first frost in fall: October 1
Average date of last frost in spring: May 20
Frost-free days: 134
Annual precipitation: 44.6"
Precipitation, Apr - Oct: 27.53"
Harvestable rainwater that falls on my roof (1088 SF), Apr - Oct: 19,271 gallons