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
- Observe and Interact – or – Be a Part of Things
- Catch and Store Energy – or – Be an Ant not a Grasshopper
- Obtain a Yield – or – Get an ROI on Your Efforts
- Apply Self Regulation and Accept Feedback – or – Don’t Kill the Golden Goose
- Use and Value Resources and Services – or -Be Efficient to Become Independent
- Produce No Waste – or – Make Use of Everything
- Design from Patterns to Details – or -Be an Artist and Step Back for a Longer View
- Integrate Rather than Segregate – or -Understand the Power of Teams
- Use Small and Slow Solutions – or – Focus On What You Can Do First
- Use and Value Diversity – or – Practice Risk Reduction
- Use Edges and Value the Marginal – or – Seek Alliances Not Conflicts
- use Creativity and Adapt to Change – or – Improvise, Adapt and Overcome
Resources for Today’s Show
- Members Support Brigade
- ShelfReliance.com – (sponsor of the day)
- Survival Seed Bank – (sponsor of the day)
- Raintree’s Free Catalog
- 9 Free Permaculture Planting Catalogs
- Video of the Dervaes Homestead in the City
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