“I teach self-reliance, the world’s most subversive practice. I teach people how to grow their own food, which is shockingly subversive. So, yes, it’s seditious. But it’s peaceful sedition.” ~ Bill Mollison
(Interview: http://www.scottlondon.com/interviews/mollison.html )
“Emerging at the other end, we will not be the same as we were; we will have become more humble, more connected to the natural world, fitter, leaner, more skilled and, ultimately, wiser.” ~ Rob Hopkins, Originator of the Transition Town movement
“What permaculturists are doing is the most important activity that any group is doing on the planet. We don’t know what details of a truly sustainable future are going to be like, but we need options, we need people experimenting in all kinds of ways and permaculturists are one of the critical gangs that are doing that.” ~ Dr David Suzuki geneticist, broadcaster and international environmental advocate
“Traditional agriculture was labour intensive, industrial agriculture is energy intensive, and permaculture-designed systems are information and design intensive.” ~ David Holmgren
Welcome to my blog on Mainstream Permaculture
This blog was started on August 2014 and as in real life, it is an ongoing, ever-changing and never finished project.
Although I have been blogging about different topics since 2012/2013, I wanted to create a blog about Permaculture as seen through the eyes of a suburban middle-class, middle-aged woman, married with children, a regular full-time job, a mortgage and a fairly “normal” life in Canada.
Most Permaculture sites are run by extraordinary people who since very young knew they wanted to live a sustainable, simple and resilient life. Most are also Caucasian men living in wealthy countries such as US, Australia, UK or Canada and/or men who have years of Permaculture experience, including teaching, consulting, designing and living off the grid or pretty self-sufficient.
But Permaculture as a concept and way of life was born as a reaction to the challenges presented by climate change, peak oil, peak water, soil erosion and the peak of other resources, lost of diversity, inequality and, in general, a terribly unethical and unsustainable race to “progress” that is killing the planet and any chance of future for both humans and other living beings.
If Permaculture is to be presented and adopted as a serious option and not just a game only an elite can play, it has to become mainstream: it has to reach and speak to women, men, trans and those who don’t identify with a particular binary gender; it has to speak and reach to immigrants and refugees equally to native and long-time residents of any land; it has to reach children, teens and the elder, the able as well as the “disabled”, the poor and the wealthy, the ones on the left, the ones on the right and all the many in the middle, it has to also speak to all colours and ethnicities, languages and belief systems…
Mainstream people come from all kinds of backgrounds and struggle with chronic systemic issues such as debt, mortgages, family commitments, dependency on employers and the “grid”, limited or non-existent access to land, lack of basic knowledge re growing their own food, creating their own energy alternatives or building shelters utilizing natural resources…
For this reason I decided to start a blog sharing not only the concepts and ideas I have learned in my two PDCs (Permaculture Design Certificates) and my current Permaculture Diploma, but also my own journey, struggles, fears and barriers in trying to live a more resilient, just, responsible, fulfilling and ethical life.
Collaborations are welcomed as long as they follow the precepts of awareness, respect, compassion and inclusion.
Note on engaged Buddhism:
Recently I have also adopted a Buddhist approach to spirituality: I identify myself with what is understood as “engaged Buddhism”. You will see, therefore, some posts dedicated to this topic.
To learn more about engaged Buddhism, please check the links on the menu.
Note on posts, copyright and sharing:
The ideas and concepts presented in this blog are the combination of my learning process and experiences from too many sources and extraordinary people to be mentioned here (for privacy reasons and out of respect, I would only mention those who have authorized or asked me to do so).
Please feel free to share, print, comment or reproduce any of the material you find in this blog. I would ask, however, that you mention the source and author.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ~ Dr. Seuss, The Lorax