The Adrian Dominican Sisters have long been engaged, individually and communally, in efforts to protect the integrity of creation and bring about a more just, peaceful and compassionate world. The Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation coordinates these efforts by bringing to light injustices and recommending ways to take action.
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The Adrian Dominican Sisters have implemented Permaculture on the Motherhouse campus in Adrian, Michigan. A contraction of “permanent” and “agriculture,” permaculture is an ethical design system for human habitations and land use that emphasizes sustainability, integration, and cooperation with, as opposed to domination of, natural systems.
Started in 2012, the Permaculture Gardens are an evolving demonstration of over seven acres of mowed turf grass in restoration. Our goal is to return to an abundant, diverse, and healthy ecological system guided by the permaculture ethics of Earth Care, People Care, and Fair Share.
One example of our commitment to permaculture design is the construction of earthworks to slow, spread, and retain water on our site. This serves to re-hydrate the soil of our edible food forest, and naturally and passively filter storm water runoff. The earthworks include a series of berms, swales, and rain gardens.
Building Resiliency: How Our Site Has Grown
Looking to the Future:
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