This is Part 1 of an introductory series exploring my study and application of Permaculture. You can find my other articles by visiting GHC’s Site Index. All of these topics are discussed more deeply during our Workshops and Seminars. But before diving right in, I’d like to share my motivation and goals for such a series.
- First and foremost, Permaculture is a topic for which I have a lot of passion. I hope to transmit this passion, along with a lot of practical information, to others in a free and open dialogue. A blog seems like a decent way to do that and I hope you’ll chime in with questions about, and challenges to, what I share.
- Since I present lectures on Permaculture (and other topics) that dig to some depth, I hope the limitations inherent in shorter blog posts will sharpen my message to be simpler, more precise, and more effective in teaching complicated concepts. While helpful, I definitely don’t do this just to collect a speaker’s fee. I do it to spread the knowledge I was lucky enough to receive from many sources. If you will be in the Dayton, OH area I will be presenting the following Free Lectures. “Introduction to Permaculture” on June 4 and “Keeping Backyard Chickens: Pets with Benefits” on June 18. More details can be found Here.
- We recently moved to five acres. Other than the house it’s pretty much a clean slate with a lot of potential. I hope to capture the decisions behind my own Permaculture design, document the techniques applied, and record the yields. Hopefully it will inspire others and give them the confidence to follow suit, while also keeping me focused and motivated during the inevitable challenges. You can get used to seeing this map of the ol’ Homestead as we’ll be filling it in with lots of design layers as we go.
- I hope to infuse a little humor and light-heartedness into these topics. In three years of devouring every book and online source I can on the topic, there seems to be a dominant theme at the heart of Permaculture texts: The world’s fiery destruction is imminent due to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – Peak Oil, Monsanto, GMOs, and Corrupt Governmental Regulations. Now, I’m not saying any of that is untrue. Far from it. I’m just saying I plan to crack a joke every now and then. After all, digging in the dirt is supposed to be fun. Go ask my two year old.
Thanks for indulging me and I hope you’ll enjoy reading.
And remember… see something you don’t agree with? Please speak up so we can all discuss!