What is permaculture all about?
This means mind, body, and spirit. Humans are complex beings that require far more than the few things mentioned on the base level of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. It’s true, we do need food, water, temperature, and clean air. However, we also need acceptance, value, safety, self-actualization, and esteem. These higher level needs are all part of caring for ourselves and those around us.
We are all living together on the same giant rock. Let’s do our part in not only caring for and maintaining it, but also leaving it as good or better than we found it. Permaculture utilizes age-old practices and traditions, but also integrates the latest scientific research to maximize bio-remediation.
Return on Labor
That’s right – payment. Sometimes payment is in the form of the green stuff (dollar bills) and sometimes it’s in the form of the other green stuff (veggies). However, at the end of the day, what is important is that we have return on our labor. No one wants to invest time, energy, and money into something that has zero return. Permaculture ninjas are experts at eliminating unnecessary parts of the system and maximizing return on investment.
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Of the three tenets of permaculture, as depicted by Bill Mollison, the notion of “people care” is, perhaps, the most essential. One of the most valuable lessons I have learned in my journey in permaculture (permanent culture / agriculture) is in focusing my efforts on the next generation. Let’s be clear, this is not an article Read more about People Care: Practicing Permaculture for Kids | by Kris Edler[…]
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Because permaculturists are are often futuristic in thinking, it’s easy to get excited about the future and miss the opportunity where we are in the moment. Many times, I find myself day dreaming so much about the mature food forest I will one day steward and I miss the fact that I need to be Read more about Overcoming Permaculture Destination Addiction Part 2 | by Kris Edler[…]
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