Hello wonderful permaculturalists!

I hope this email finds you all well. Thanks so much to those of you who’ve shared your updates with us – I love reading about what you’re up to J

So I thought I’d join the party. My progress has been of a different sort however. My husband and I were already on a path to make our farmstead more sustainable/efficient for several years now – and the course has given me good ideas for how to integrate our actions better . . . but the real take-home lessons for me were in other areas of my life. You all affected me so much – on many levels. And I think about some aspect of the course every day.

Since we left Columbiaville in August, I have been spending quite a bit of time contemplating some key parts of my life and it has helped me gain a new, healthier perspective. In many ways I felt in a rut for the past several years, but I can see this changing now. Of course – I am still in the midst of this process, but I am heading in the right direction.

Some specific changes for me have been that I am looking at new career directions – this has been a long-standing issue in my life. It will still take some time and thought, but I feel a renewed energy in this path – I’ll keep you posted. I am also making more of an effort to meet new people (not the easiest for this introvert) – and having fun doing it. In that theme, I took a trip by myself down to Nashville recently – to make new friends, listen to awesome music, and maybe do a bit of drinking 😉 It was great to be able to get out on my own and do this – it was even better however when Bek and Jesse joined me for the last two days of my stay!! Natalie also gave me a chance to get out of town for a stay at her place in Ypsi – which was much appreciated. And I’ve started to work on some poetry again as well – something I dabble in when things are transitioning for me . I know I’ll look back on my life in a few years and see that those 8 days in August, 2009 made a pivotal difference in the course of my life – for the better. Thank you all for being a part of that J

Two other notes to pass along –

1) The OK National Guard guys (aka “The Permaculture Platoon”) were deployed recently – so keep them in your thoughts and prayers while they are overseas.

2) For those in the Midwest area, the annual Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association conference is being held in Granville , OH (middle of the state) on Feb 13&14, 2010. This conference is always worthwhile – Brian and I have gone the past 5 years. The theme is Growing with Integrity, Eating with Intention. And Joel Salatin is their featured speaker this year – this should be a good one! Their website is www.oeffa.org.

Well – those are the highlights folks. I miss you all very much! And Happy Halloween!

Polly Peterson Stout