Mike Feingold is all arms, legs and enthusiasm. At his four allotment plot (half is his alone, half is a community plot where he helps guide anyone interested), he finds and communicates fascination in the detail (eg letting radishes self sow) although his vision is grand. His now well-used phrase âPermaculture is revolution dressed up as gardeningâ pretty much sums him up.
Most of the plants in his permaculture garden are familiar – sweetcorn, apples, gooseberries etc – but this is a no-dig paradise, with polycultures dominating. More of a food forest than an allotment.
He stresses that, as much as anything, the allotments are about a way of looking at the world. âEvery time you bring in inputs â fertilisers, water â you are plundering them from somewhere else, another part of the world that likely needs them more, but our whole current system depends on this. We need to take responsibility for ourselves.â