An important factor in a successful and stable environment at Valhalla is its diversity. It began as a monoculture plot of land with two species (Soy and Corn) rotated from season to season. Our first season at Valhalla consisted mostly of infrastructure work, however we also introduced some new species, from seeds, seedlings, and young trees and bushes. But that’s not enough!
The current global agriculture monopoly insists that we use only a handful of varieties, all distributed by them. This is a destructive path for the future of mother earth because she stabilizes and becomes more abundant by increasing diversity not decreasing it.
That’s why at Valhalla, we plan on having a minimum of 1000 different plant species with some from each major taxonomy. The base will be made with mostly native species, but we are not opposed to introducing foreign species as well. How will we do this?
We can’t, and shouldn’t, plant a thousand different seeds in one season, but we can start cataloguing, collecting, exchanging and growing our seed collection so that we can most easily introduce new species quickly without the pressure of agricultural monopolies trying to limit our access to different species.
Below is a link to a Google spreadsheet of our current collection. If you are interested in contributing to the growth of this list, please email me, Greg, and I will add you as a contributor in order for you to edit the document. Nothing would please me more than to have this list grow quickly to a thousand, other than actually planting a thousand different species.
Another important task will be to collect relevant information about each species in order for us to implement it to its fullest potential. Although it’s far from being finished, I’m in the process of developing a web application that will help research, identify and implement any species into an environment. The application is called ASCK.