I think Looby Macnamara is one of those people pushing the edge of permaculture. How can we start thinking differently about the world we inhabit and what changes are possible because of that new way of thinking?
This is my current thinking on a permaculture design process. I’m sure it will mauture and change on down the road, but this is just a snapshot. Over the years I’ve never been able to do any of the OBRADIMET or SADIMET type design processes that are commonly taught in permaculture. However, I’ve observed my […]
If you know me, you know that I’m a big fan of working collaboratively. There’s just a way that working with other people makes things real. One project has been working with the Great Lakes Permaculture Design Collaborative, Me, Rhonda Baird, and William Faith. Originally we recorded these lectures as a intro to each of […]
David Holmgren, the co-originator of permaculture says “The permaculture flower shows key domains that require transformation to create a sustainable culture.” That is, each petal (or domain) represents a category into which we can apply permaculture in the world. But if you try to use the flower as a directional compass to orient yourself in […]
One of the great rules of design is do something basic right. Then everything gets much more right of itself. But if you do something basic wrong – if you make what I call a Type 1 error – you can get nothing else right. – Bill Mollison The quote above is something like how […]
What is permaculture? What is it to practice permaculture? How does it lead to positive outcomes? The way I’ve been practicing, I’d call it a philosophy. A way of being. I think you can see it most clearly in the choices I’ve made. It is a process. It is the adjacent possible. What is this […]
It’s always tricky to find the right situations in which you get to play with rocket stoves. Symbiosis Ranch, in Mt Pleasant, MI, is going to be that right such situation. This June we’ll be installing a batch box design in their Aircrete Dome. I’ll be teaching a 2-day workshop , June 27 & 28, […]
This site is experimental. I don’t always, or perhaps ever, know or do the right thing. What I do know is that I am committed to being a part of the place where I live. I am committed to this project called life. We are all ever increasing our awareness. As we grow and change […]
A new podcast is out. This time we’re talking about plant families. Rhonda was away at the Tracker School (I think), so we kept on going without her. It was shorter than we were shooting for but that’s OK, I think I’m very interested to see where we’ll be as the podcast matures. We’re getting […]
Watch this excellent description of bird language. Expand your awareness.