Permaculture is very difficult to define for most people.
How do you define permaculture?
I go with Larry Santoyo’s definition – “Permaculture is: Design protocols for critical thinking, decision making and problem solving – all based on the patterns of nature.”
In today’s show my guest Andrew Millison and I will look at common frustrations with the word “PERMACULTURE”.
Andrew has been studying, teaching and practicing Permaculture since he took his first design course in 1996. He learned about Permaculture in the drylands of Arizona. In this episode we’ll talk bout some of the lessons that he learned there, and how where you apply design dictates how you can help communicate the that design.
He started teaching Permaculture at the college level in 2001, and has been an instructor at OSU in the Horticulture Department since 2009. He has a lot of experience teaching permaculture and using permaculture while designing and building his own and clients’ projects for nearly 20 years to his teaching.
We’ll look at how he introduced permaculture to OSU in a way that worked. It’s a process that has a lot of insights for people looking to advance their own cause.
His process has worked at OSU and it’s continually advancing and has led to the creation of more permaculture courses, including an upcoming free 4 week online course that he is teaching through Oregon State University. The course is open to the public, and again, it’s free. Register for the course HERE.
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Notes from this episode with Andrew Millison
- Don’t impose a solution, arrive a solution.
- Create the conditions for YES to happen. If you aren’t getting the results that you want, what can you do to create the results that you do want.
- “If they don’t care about permaculture, then it doesn’t matter how you define it or what words you use to describe it.”
- Work with the people who are curious, interested, motivated, and want to learn and work with you. It’s an uphill battle to try to convince someone of something that they don’t believe in.
High Desert Permaculture – 15 Years Later
Join Andrew Millison in 2013 as he travels back to Arizona and revisits several Permaculture projects installed in the late 1990’s to see how they are working and growing. We go from the arid forest in Prescott at 5300′, down to the desert grasslands of Arcosanti at 3500′, then down to the Sonoran Desert in Tucson at 2600′.
Oregon State – Intro to Permaculture Free Course
In this free permaculture course, you will learn about the process, ethics and principles of permaculture design while diving into climate-specific design elements through interactive technology, videos, graphics, and readings. The course is designed to benefit everyone regardless of your learning style, time commitments or available technology.
Students who complete all course activities should expect to spend between two to four hours each week on course work.
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