Biodiversity – wild or cultivated – will be important within the microfarm, which over the years will become a refuge for many forms of life. However small the farm may be, a “wild” space will be reserved. Biodiversity fulfils a variety of ecological functions, makes the system more resilient to climatic hazards and contributes to the preservation of the world’s natural heritage.
Biodiversity is also a source of joy for humans – how can we describe the happiness of kingfishers visiting the ponds, the appearance of crayfish, hedgehogs, snakes and toads, beetles, the broods of moorhens or mallards? Not to mention the value that the harvest of wild plants can add!
A permaculture microfarm produces much more than food for humans: it contributes to the health of the natural environment.