Evidence of habitation abounds on our sixth of an acre, from the mill workers’ houses of the 19th century through Easter egg hunts in the 20th. But humans are not the only ones to leave a technological trace. The flowers and bees are as much technology as the bits of paper and plastic.
The garden itself is a technology, and one of humanity’s first creations. Our garden is taking shape gradually, as we heal the land after half a century of chemical assault. This year we’ll be planting peas, squash, kale, tomatoes and basil in raised beds. Seeing life and technology as an integrated whole makes permaculture such an attractive option.