Sourdough is a useful analogy for teaching permaculture. You can't just follow a recipe and make bread. You need to spend time understanding the process and all of the variables. You need to move beyond a list and understand the principles behind the way that sourdough behaves, and when it fails you need the ability … Continue reading Sourdough!
Someone asked a question recently on a Facebook site. How organised is the permaculture community/movement in Australia? Having a bit of time on my hands, and being in a thoughtful mood, I took some time to reply. I thought I'd preserve that response here for future reference. Here's my answer to the question: That depends … Continue reading The Permaculture Network
Yesterday we started teaching a PDC. All PDC's have some shared DNA but each one is also a unique expression of the designer, just like permaculture. Ours is designed using permaculture ethics and principles. Earth Care We teach local people. We can appreciate that there's money to be made providing training to overseas students but … Continue reading Some reflections on teaching permaculture
A family member recently commented on what she considers to be the unreasonable opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs). To the uninitiated, a GMO is a plant or animal that has had it’s gene sequence manipulated by humans to give it qualities that the original species didn’t have, or to remove qualities that it did … Continue reading Can GMO Bananas Prevent Blindness in Children?
It seems to be a human pattern to support political parties the way we support sporting teams. We choose a party in our youth, based upon either ideology or the pattern set by our families, and then we continue to support them, no matter what. Politics has much higher stakes than football or cricket. When … Continue reading Voting for Permaculture
If your reaction to that title is to avoid reading this post, then I am not surprised. Please press on. I promise it will be worth it. You see, it's New Year's Day and as usual I'm reflecting upon the previous year and thinking about the next one. This is always an introspective time for … Continue reading Unhappy New Year
I was asked recently by a fellow trainer how I would teach a session called 'What is permaculture?' to a group of young adults. It was one of those occasions when I was already really busy, and I was tempted to give a short answer, but the person asking the question is particularly dear to … Continue reading What is Permaculture?
Facebook. We love to hate it. We all know it's a vehicle for sorting us into self-reinforcing groups where our own particular opinions bounce off like-minded people. This creates the impression that we are right, and that anyone that disagrees with us is wrong. It's the opposite of informed debate. As a consequence, exchanges on … Continue reading Facebook: The problem is the solution
There was a letter to the editor in our local paper this week. The author was recycling that commonly-heard argument against the Australian government doing anything about climate change: Australia is responsible for less than one percent of the carbon emissions on earth and nothing we can do either personally or nationally will make the … Continue reading Climate chaos and orders of magnitude
I've realised that while I've been sharing all my cartoons on my Facebook page, Permacoach, I haven't been sharing them here. I know from your messages that not everyone is on Facebook so here's a major cartoon dump for you. One of these made it into David Holmgren's monthly newsletter. That's pretty exciting. See if … Continue reading More cartooning