Permaculture: How I'm Preparing for a Local Future
Today's post is a video lecture from Peter Bane, author of The Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country and publisher of Permaculture Activist Magazine. Peter is a permaculture teacher and site designer who helped create Earthaven Ecovillage in North Carolina, and is now pioneering suburban farming in Bloomington, Indiana.
In this lecture which he gave at the International Conference on Sustainability, Transition and Culture Change, he explains the fundamental principles of permaculture. One of the roles of Permaculture he says, is to remove basic subsistence needs from the money economy. As well as access to clean food, water and energy, he includes education and rebuilding of the household economy as part of our basic subsistence needs. Permaculture aims to turn the household back into a place of production, not just consumption.
"(Permaculturists) are backyard scientists. We are out growing new combinations of vegetables, plants, animals and fungi and observing the results and taking the feedback and incorporating that into the redesign of agroecosystems to meet our household needs and community needs."
Peter says in The Permaculture Handbook, "If we continue unthinkingly on our present economic course, we in North America will get exactly the destitution that we see among refugees of war and drought around the world, if not worse. Viewed through the other end of the telescope, the undeserved but still widely available energy and material abundance of North America is a remarkable privilege that should inspire us to roll up our sleeves and get to work building a way of life worthy of our rhetoric - not stolen from indigenous peoples and extracted from foreign workers but earned by the full measure of our intelligence for the land and for each other. "
Links to the rest of the series:
Day Three: Collecting Rainwater
Day Four: Building Awareness of your Surroundings
Day Five: The Beginning of the Gaian Calendar