“When you are doing work of value, people will support you in a variety of ways, not just money.”Toby Hemenway
Toby Hemenway joins me to talk permaculture – how permaculture has changed and how we can work more permaculture into our lives.
“How do you know if you’re on the right track? When resources start to gather around you.”Toby Hemenway
- It really benefits anyone in almost any field to be able to think in whole systems. Someone who embraces permaculture can do a lot more than teach and design property. Apply permaculture techniques and principles to what you do.
- Find good mentors. Many people want to help others. You just have to ask.
- Some standard economic training is good. You can get a great toolkit and then apply it however you want. Standard training is a tool, a means to an end if you goal is ecological design.
- Catch kids while thinking in whole systems. Before they are trained out of it into compartmentalized thinking.
- Starting with soil fertility and building organic matter is a good idea. It is almost a universal panacea along with being careful with water.
- Move to the highest generalization. For example, do you want to open a store, or do you want to make a living providing good products for your community.
- Find the things in life that you are really good at and do those things. It gives you good feedback and then you start building confidence and making forward progress.
- Want to transition careers? Find ways to make it less scary – lower expenses.
- “Rather than becoming a permaculturist, apply permaculture to the things that you are really passionate about and your really skilled at.”
- “Find people who are profiting doing that thing that you want to do with a permaculture twist and work/help/support or be mentored by them.”
- “Arrive a technique, don’t impose a technique.”
- “How do you know you’re on the right track? When resources start to gather around you.”
- “When you’re doing work of value, people will support you in a variety of ways, not just money.”
Trojan Horses, Recipes and Permaculture
by Toby Hemenway
“The Transition movement seemed to catch fire right from the beginning, and I confess that its success made me, as a permaculturist, a bit envious. Here was a program for converting to a post-oil society, created by a permaculture teacher using permaculture principles, and it seemed to be becoming better known and more highly regarded than permaculture itself.
Over a thousand towns have adopted Transition plans, national Transition organizations have sprung up in dozens of countries, and the Transition Handbook offers a clear implementation plan for energy descent, while permaculture lacks formal national and even regional centers in most places, and is a word that not only few people have heard, but one that many practitioners can barely define well enough for others to grasp.
What was it that made Transition so comprehensible, exciting, and respectable, while permaculture seemed diffuse, slow-growing, and smelling a bit of patchouli oil?”
Read the full article at Toby’s PatternLitteracy.com.
Rob Avis of Verge Permaculture Interviews Toby Hemenway.
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