The new chicken coop is nestled beneath two towering Indian rubber trees. These trees not only provide partial shade but also generously shed a copious amount of leaves, enough to fill three bags per day when swept away. This was the first time the students from the “Participatory Sustainable Living Design” course visited the chicken coop. To create a clean space for their class, the students were assigned the task of collecting fallen leaves. Coincidentally, it was in the afternoon when sunlight streamed into the chicken coop. Inspired, Teacher Lai decided to meticulously spread the fallen leaves across the coop’s roof, and the other students followed suit.
As the fallen leaves were collected, the green roof of the chicken coop took shape. The yellow-brown patchwork of leaves resembled the camouflage coat once worn by the Big Chimney Factory, protecting it from detection and aerial attacks. Now, this natural camouflage shields the chicken coop from the scorching sun.
Nothing remains static. The factory’s camouflage has weathered and faded over time, and the natural camouflage of the chicken coop’s roof will also fade. However, the towering tree continues to shower us with endless fallen leaves, enabling passersby to collect and spread them on the coop’s roof. Unbeknownst to them, they are actively participating in a sustainable lifestyle, perpetuating the values and principles of Permaculture.