The Garden of Eden Project:

The PICTORIAL C1 color graphic that you see is a design for a 20 acre piece of agricultural land that can be transformed into a living landscaped community for 40 people. That averages out to be 1/2 of an acre per person, which gives each person much more space than the average city person.

The NUMBERED OBJECTS in this pictorial are various buildings and structures described briefly in TABLE #1 and are described in detail in Description of NUMBERED OBJECTS.

The groups of circles of GREEN DOTS are orchards of various fruit and nut trees. Each circle is a different type of tree. These trees are named by their corresponding lowercase letter of the alphabet in the FRUIT & NUT TREE CIRCLES link HERE and to the left of the picture. There is more information on the trees in the TABLE #6: Fruit & Nut Tree RIPENING MONTHS link to the left of the picture, also. There is in-depth information on these trees in:TABLE #7: Fruit & Nut TREES, 15 YEAR YIELD ESTIMATES. The information is based on recommended planting distances taken from reliable sources, as noted in these tables. TABLE #7 also gives other data on the fruit trees (like: yield, in pounds, per tree; circle diameter; etcetera). Study TABLE #7 very carefully, as there is much information shown there, and you'll probably be very lucky if you find this information anywhere else! It took a lot longer than you might think to gather all this information together!

The trees used in this part of the plan would work in many areas of California and other areas of the United States and the world. However, you should check with your local nursery for specific varieties and data for your area. You could create your own information, and create a custom design using your own favorite trees. After the firmaments1 are constructed everyone will be able to grow even tropical fruits all over the world.

If you add up the square footage of all the structural items in one of the far right columns of TABLE #1 (shown below), you see that it comes to 183,895 square feet, or about 4.2 acres, which is about 21% of the land! So that means that about 79% of the TOTAL land is left over for other purposes. For the first few years, most of this "left over" land could be used to grow ONE SEASON CROPS, HERBS, GRAPES, and BERRIES, or maybe just more "public" space, for whatever the group decides.

Study TABLE #1 to get a good idea of how much area is used for NON-CROP AREAS. Then study TABLE #2 and TABLE #3 to see how the remaining acreage is used for the crops and how the acreage is distributed among the various main crop groups. Also look at TABLE #8: and TABLE #9 for more detailed information on sample crop plans with specific: ONE-SEASON CROPS (vegetables, melons, grains, legumes); GRAPES; HERBS; and BERRIES designed from average yield data from reliable sources as noted there.

11MEETING / DINING / MAIN KITCHEN (75' diameter)4,4170.101
2,3,43FOOD STORAGE DRYING ROOMS (25' x 35')2,6250.060
51LAUNDRY ROOM (25' x 35')8750.020
61MASSAGE / WEIGHT TRAINING ROOM (25' x 35')8750.020
7,92SHOWER / TOILET / SINK BUILDINGS (25' x 35')1,7500.040
81TOOL SHED (25' x 35')8750.020
101GARAGE for tractors/vans/pickups (25' x 35')8750.020
(not labeled)1ENTRANCE ROAD / DRIVEWAY (15' x 325')4,8750.112
CA1CENTER AREA (large red-brown circle)19,1240.439
11 thru 144RESIDENCES, 50 foot diameter & lawn15,3940.353
15 thru 2612RESIDENCES, 35 foot diameter & lawn28,5100.655
PP1PARK & POND AREA52,0001.194
S2SAUNAS (20' diameter)3140.007
H2HOT TUBS (20' diameter)3140.007
A1OUTDOOR AMPHITHEATER (40' radius)1,2570.029
F1FLOWER GARDEN (60' diameter)2,8270.065
R1RECREATIONAL FIELD (100' x 150')15,0000.344
T1TENNIS COURT (36' x 78')2,8080.064
B1BASKETBALL COURT (50' x 75')3,7500.086
(not labeled)78BENCHES (3' X 10'each)9900.023
W2 (1 in PP)FOUNTAINS (20' diameter)3140.007
Z2 (1 in PP)GAZEBOS (30' diameter)7070.016
E1EXTRA STORAGE BUILDING (30' x 30')9000.021
L1PET LIVESTOCK SHELTER (30' x 40')1,2000.028
(not labeled)1GRAPE ARBOR, in Grape Vineyards (25' x 30')5940.014
PL1PARKING LOT (125' x 125')15,6250.359
G1GARAGE, for cars (20' x 35')7000.016
PL1PARKING LOT (125' x 125')15,6250.359
C8COMPOST BINS (20' X 20' each)3,2000.073
M1MANURE DROP-OFF (30' X 40')1,2000.028
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a more detailed description of these NUMBERED OBJECTS.

We see from TABLE #1 above that there is about 4.22 ACRES OF NON-CROP GROWING AREAS out of the whole 20 ACRES. So there is about 15 ACRES of space that could be used for CROP GROWING AREAS and other uses.

From TABLE #2, below, (the data for the first year of the community) we can do some arithmetic and see that there are nearly 10 acres of crops (0.87 + 6.63 + 0.47 + 0.10 + 1.92 = 9.99 ACRES).

Similiarly, from TABLE #3, below, (the data for the fifteenth year of the community) we can do some more arithmetic and we see that there are just 10 acres of crops (8.68 + 0.67 + 0.47 + 0.10 + 0.08 = 10.0 ACRES)

So if we calculate how much room we have left over from after the crop acerage is counted, from the largest acerage, 10.0 acres, we see that we have another 10 acres of non-crop space. From TABLE #1, we have 4.22 acres we must use for other things, so doing the math, we have 5.78 acres remaining for whatever the community wishes. (math: 10.0 - 4.22 = 5.78)

According to TABLE #2 (the 1st YEAR data) the food output is 4.14 pounds per person per day. TABLE #3's (15th YEAR DATA) food output is 8.94 pounds per person per day. If you have ever calulated how many pounds of vegetarian food you eat every day, it is most likely far less than these figures. However, it's better to err on the side of caution, and plan to have more than you need, rather than come up short on food. You can always give the extra food away, sell it,or as a last resort, compost it. However, we should subtract 25% of the food output to allow for: seeds that don't germinate; animals eating the seeds; bad seed; bad growing weather; etcetera. So with this figured in, there would be over 3.1 pounds of food per person per day per person (out of the 4.14 pounds calculated) and there's over 6 pounds (out of the 8.94 pounds calculated). So now the crop output doesn't seem so excessive, does it? That's still over 3 pounds to 6 pounds of food per day per person! Most people are eating a lot if they eat 3 pounds of food per day!

Even so, the community may decide that these yields are insufficient. No problem. There is still nearly 6 ACRES left over in this plan. That's plenty of space to grow more than enough extra food to ensure that there is enough food for all!

In case you are wondering, the reason the ACREAGE for the fruit trees in TABLE #2 and TABLE #3 is so different is because while these fruit trees are young (the first few years) only about 10% of their acreage area is required for them, since the roots don't need much space at this stage of their development. Also because the tree crops cast very little shade on other crops when they're young, other one-season crops can be planted much closer to them, than when these trees get older and you cannot plant other crops close to them or they will not receive sufficient sunlight, due to the shade of these trees.

After the first year the 90% of open area (mostly the fruit & nut tree acreage) will begin to shrink as the trees increase in size and yields, so the one season crops need to be scaled back proportionately, as is shown in TABLE #2 below. Also reflected in the TABLES is that the GRAPES will produce little or nothing the first year.

Also you might take note that some fruit trees live to be as much as 100 years old, while still producing abundant fruit!

-- estimate --
1st YEAR
/person /day
/person /year
FRUIT & NUT TREES0.870.00 000000
ONE-SEASON CROPS6.633.59 1,31214452,468
GRAPE VINEYARDS0.470.05 17.301.90692
HERB GARDENS0.100.07 2531,000
BERRY PATCHES1.920.43 158176,307
TOTALS:20.00 4.141,512166 60,467

-- estimate --
1st YEAR
/person /day
/person /year
FRUIT & NUT TREES8.687.82 2,853313114,131
ONE-SEASON CROPS0.670.40 148165,910
GRAPE VINEYARDS0.470.47 173196,917
HERB GARDENS0.100.07 2531,000
BERRY PATCHES0.080.18 6572,593
TOTALS:20.00 8.943,264358 130,551

You will probably have to rely heavily on the one-season crops for a while. So your one-season crops may have to sustain you for a few years, but eventually your fruit trees will start to produce big yields! Look at TABLE #7: Fruit & Nut TREES, 15 YEAR YIELD ESTIMATES. to see more specifically what kind of yields you might expect from them. Beyond that point in time, you will probably have extra fruit, which can be sold, bartered or given away!

If you wanted to gradually become a fruitarian, what more gradual way is there than this? It will take a few years for the fruit to multiply on the fruit trees, so meanwhile you eat the "vegetable" crops that you want (and/or "small fruit" crops like: melons, strawberries, cucumbers, etcetera). Then as the fruit trees gradually grow over the years, you will gradually, naturally start to eat the more plentiful fruit from the trees, as they grow up. (By the way, this is a plan that would accommodate all the foods in The Mucusless Diet Healing System.)

So now we see that we certainly do have plenty of room for high quality organic food and recreation!

The 20 acre area here, shown in PICTORIAL C1, unfortunately would not have much room for larger animals, like deer and mountain lions, although there could be places for wild animals to habitate outside the 5-acre area. However, part of the Garden of Eden concept is that by most humans living a Garden of Eden lifestyle, similar to this, much of the land that is currently being used for livestock raising (which is half the land mass of the planet), and some of the land being used for unnecessary industrial purposes, could be restored similar to the wild condition that it once was. Then wildlife may be able to flourish once again on 80% of the land on earth, leaving 10% for the Garden of Eden lifestyle and 10% for cities, as is described in the What Is the Garden of Eden Project? paper.

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1 The term "firmament" is a term found in the book of Genesis in the Bible. However, not much is said about it there. In the book entitled: Your First Contact, by Sheldan Nidle, the word "firmament" is described as a layer of ice 15,000 feet above the surface of the Earth, and covering the entire planet! The purpose of it was to create a "greenhouse", and as a result the entire surface of the Earth was like a tropical paradise! This undoubtedly was the time of the "Garden of Eden" mentioned in the Bible. The oceans were much smaller then because much of the water on Earth was used for the firmaments (there were actually 2 firmaments). There were no big thunderstorms like today, no hurricanes, no tornadoes, etcetera. The cause of the Great Flood was due to the destruction of the firmaments during a great war on Earth. The flood wiped out all the ancient records of our past very advanced civilizations, and so the Bible that we know today was written mostly from just memory. Much technology was also lost in the flood, so the Bible had to be hand written. That is why so very little is known about our true ancestory and past history. For more information, the book is featured at this link: Planetary Activization Organization.