As a Permaculture instructor I have many students in the 17-22 age range that are pondering the why’s and wherefore’s of going to college. Many of them have dreams of buying land and starting farms or working as a designer or practitioner. But many of them also wonder if they should attend college or university [...]
Observation is the bread and butter of Permaculture. Reading the letters, sentences, and paragraphs of the landscape unveils the greater book of the whole. In order to design, the prerequisite is to know what canvas we are designing on and what are the tools and materials that we will work with. Landform, weather, water, vegetation, [...]
Here is a video put together by Larry Korn, who lived and worked on Fukuoka’s farm in Japan in the seventies.
Always loved this quote from Fukuoka: “If we throw mother nature out the window, she comes back in the door with a pitchfork.” And this one: “When a decision is made to cope with the symptoms of a problem, it is generally assumed that the corrective measures will solve the problem itself. They seldom do. [...]
“Observe Nature thoroughly rather than labor thoughtlessly.” – Masanobu Fukuoka ‘One Straw Revolution’
It seems that so many of us shut down in the winter, or should I say shut ourselves in(doors). The winter landscape is one of pristine color and subtle shades of multiple gradations. If we are proponents of Permaculture and believe in the dictum that it all starts and ends with observation then the winter [...]keep looking »