The energy: situation has made it necessary to rethink our food production systems. Furthermore, chemically polluted foodstuffs are becoming more prevalent, while the traditional agricultural environments in the countryside are little better in ambient air quality, water, etc. than their urban and suburban counterparts. Solutions to unemployment and underemployment release new concept. for the division of labour and -allow, time for other activities. A system of partial self-sufficiencyin the production of fresh and healthy food is proposed, particularly for vegetables and fruits, near the doorstep. It is possible in Permaculture to achieve a high yield with low input in work and tine. This system would ideally call for a new division of land and a new concept of land ownership.