Secret Survival Garden
Windrows of trees and shrubs were planted to respond to soil loss after the Dustbowl. These windrows are being cut and plowed under, again, as more and more acreage comes under tillage, but imagine if field windrows were planted like this? Each field of conventional cropland could be surrounded by a perma-culture ring of nurturing ground covers, herbs encircle that, food-producing shrubs around that, and trees and vines around that... the same model could be installed around existing forest "islands" in the prairie savannas--co-centric rings of native food plants growing in enriched environments preventing soil loss to wind erosion, water loss through evaporation or excessive runoff, and utilizing otherwise ignored potential cropland. Perma-culture strips and contours along low spots and steep spots would really keep water clean. This would install a productive system in an otherwise uncultivated area and could be repeated in an ornamental setting, along greenways, highways, and waterways to replace lost forests and bring otherwise uncultivated areas into production of food for humans and wildlife as well as sinking carbon into the humus as the soils are revitalized with leaf litter and mulch.