Episode-448- Permaculture Practice and Principles

Permaculture is viewed by some as a “hippie topic” but its founder Bill Mollison was anything but a hippie.  Bill spent his early life as a hunter of big game in Tasmania, later worked as a logger cutting trees for the construction boom of the mid century.  He eventually realized the unsustainable nature of man kinds “progress” in both agriculture and lifestyle and spent a few years as a hermit studying the forest.

Later upon his return to society he stated after his transformational time in the forest, “I decided I could either sit back and let the bastards roll over everything or I could come back and fight the bastards”.  Bill’s method of “fighting” is far more productive than warfare, he simply has developed better and sustainable methods and fights by demonstrating their effectiveness and teaching them to millions around the world.

Tune in today to hear the 12 Permaculture Design Principles

  1. Observe and Interact – or – Be a Part of Things
  2. Catch and Store Energy – or – Be an Ant not a Grasshopper
  3. Obtain a Yield – or – Get an ROI on Your Efforts
  4. Apply Self Regulation and Accept Feedbackor – Don’t Kill the Golden Goose
  5. Use and Value Resources and Services – or -Be Efficient to Become Independent
  6. Produce No Waste – or – Make Use of Everything
  7. Design from Patterns to Details – or -Be an Artist and Step Back for a Longer View
  8. Integrate Rather than Segregate – or -Understand the Power of Teams
  9. Use Small and Slow Solutions – or – Focus On What You Can Do First
  10. Use and Value Diversity – or – Practice Risk Reduction
  11. Use Edges and Value the Marginal – or – Seek Alliances Not Conflicts
  12. use Creativity and Adapt to Change – or – Improvise, Adapt and Overcome

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10 Responses to Episode-448- Permaculture Practice and Principles

  1. Great episode! The comparison of permaculture with finances is a great original thought.

  2. I can’t get todays podcast to play

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  4. I can’t get it to play either 🙁

  5. Modern Survival

    The assholes at hostgator.com cut me off with zero warning, I have them upgrading things now. They are jerks for doing this, I apologize for the down time they say it will be active again by some time tonight.

  6. Technical glitches are always fun, we will just have to be patient.

  7. Brent Eamer

    Fantastic episode Jack. I was dining on some lettuce up here in the northern clime of Prince Edward Island. Lettuce is under utilized up here.
    Our temps hover around 60F until first of July and I have been feasting on the stuff since middle of May. Four bucks for a bag of the stuff here. I’ve eaten two or three bags thus far. Seeds for the mix were 3 / $1. Ground cherry is doing well as is Sunberry. Will send pics once I can tag a victim to take them

  8. Hi,

    I found some pawpaw in the NF near where I live. I marked them with my gps and plan to go back and hopefully harvest some fruit.

    I am sure it will be breaking some law or regulation as you can hardly get out of bed legally.

    I pick wild dew berries then later black berries and elder where I find them.

  9. This is got to be one of my favourite episodes.

  10. Possenti2264

    Best episode I’ve heard. Keep up the good work.