Q: How is the Garden of Eden different from a botanical garden, conventional farm, food forest, edible park, or residential backyard garden?
A: The difference lies in a unique and complex combination of the following general disciplines, each of which encompasses a suite of site-specific practices employed at the garden and taught in our courses:
- Unique edible emphasis
- Solar farming
- Carbon capture
- Diversity and companion planting
- Soil cover
- Specialized soil management
- Microbe farming
- Low maintenance eco infrastructure
- Terrestrial-wetland connection
- Time saving techniques
- Natural mimicry
- Drought tolerance
- Disaster resilience
- Unknown foods (produce you can’t buy at the store)
An overlying premise is that ecological infrastructure is incorporated into the garden up front, to create a relatively self-sustaining landscape. This ecosystem provides long-term prosperity and reduces ongoing maintenance time and expense.
Q: How did the Garden of Eden concept come about?
A: The short answer is a combined lifetime of experience as an agriculture teacher’s son, study under Cal Poly San Luis Obispo soil science and agriculture professors, a history with Holistic ManagementTM ranchers, work as a plant health care specialist and arborist in the San Francisco Bay Area, timber nursery equipment operations, fifteen years as a soil and agronomy consultant, and Bible reading that picked up on rarely noticed principles in land management and God’s original garden.
Q: I don’t have a big yard, so how does this apply to me?
A: The Garden of Eden principles apply to even a 1-gallon pot on your porch or a small raised garden bed. More space simply means you have more diversity and crop potential.
Q: What do you mean by cool, new crops? Are any of these hazardous or invasive:
A: Years of research and care goes into plant selection to ensure crops are edible, non-invasive, and non-hazardous outside of an un-predicted, individual allergy. An eco garden can act as a proving ground for specialty crops to determine local suitability before landowners invest time and money in species that don’t produce in their climate. We continuously try new crops to find out what works best for different purposes using our unique Garden of Eden agronomy framework.
Q: I don’t believe in God and don’t believe the Bible, so why should I consider the “Garden of Eden” over a conventional farm or garden?
A: Because this garden has a number of very unique concepts from which ANYONE can benefit if they wish to leave their piece of the planet better than they found it.
Q: Couldn’t you just leave God and the Bible out of the picture?
A: If you attempt to operate a complex machine without the operating manual you will eventually have problems and miss the machine’s full potential. Leaving the Creator and His operating manual out of the picture prevents ultimate prosperity and sustainability, as proven by civilizations since the beginning of history. God provides the most profound, powerful, and sure promises in history:
“For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody” (Isaiah 51:3).
“And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited” (Ezekiel 36:35).
“Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it” (Isaiah 40:4-5).