Apr 182014
 
 

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This episode continues the conversation about permaculture, education, and children. The beginning of this show is about Jen Mendez and her work at Permiekids.com to share information and resources for parents who want to include permaculture in a childhood education. Not an interview, but a reflection on a conversation she and I had that discussed her background and work with the community to develop educational material that empowers children of all ages and abilities, and parents, to integrate permaculture into an interest in lifelong exploration and learning.

Find our more about Ms. Mendez and her work at PermieKids.com. You can also hear the interview she recorded with Jack Spirko that got us connected, “Jen Mendez on Permaculture Based Children’s Education

The second portion of the show is further reflections on my role as parent and teacher in my children’s lives. Part of that is more examples of how the children are included in activities. I also offer some of my guiding philosophies regarding how I teach my children. These include supplementing their education with family activities, encouraging their interests not pushing my own, providing opportunities for responsibility, acting as I want them to act (“Do as I do,” rather than, “Do as I say, not as I do.”) I also mention carrying field guides when we’re out and about. You’ll find those, and the influences on my educational perspective, below.

A Selection of My Field Guides
Birds of Pennsylvania by Stan Tekiela
Edible Wild Plants (Eastern/Central North America) by Lee Allen Peterson
Identifying Trees: An All-Season Guide to Eastern North America by Michael D. Williams
The Forager’s Harvest by Sam Thayer
Nature’s Garden by Sam Thayer
A Pocket Guide to Lizards and Turtles of Pennsylvania by Walter Meshaka, Jr. and Joseph T. Collins
A Pocket Guide to Salamanders of Pennsylvania by Walter Meshaka, Jr. and Joseph T. Collins

Education Influences
Earth in Mind by David Orr
Beyond Ecophobia by David Sobel
Place-Based Education by David Sobel
E.D. Hirsch, Jr.
Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

I’d also like to thank Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute for sponsoring this episode.

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Apr 162014
 
 

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Karl Steyaert

My guest for this episode is Karl Steyaert, a teacher and practitioner of Nonviolent Communication (NVC). During our conversation, in addition to his biography and background, he shares with us how using NVC can begin the work of restoring our connection with others in a direct, meaningful, productive way that honors our needs while meeting those of others. He also illustrates the process of NVC using an example from his own life. I’m thankful for the open space created during the interview to allow for that discussion.

I first became aware of Nonviolent Communication, and the work of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg when I interviewed my teacher and colleague, Dillon Naber Cruz. Picking up a copy of Dr. Rosenberg’s book, combined with The Four Agreements, changed the way I look at interpersonal relationships and communicating well. Though I’m still learning how to communicate, starting down this road had an incredible impact on my own experience.

NVC and the work of people such as Karl are how we can think differently, act differently, and be different and get out of the thinking we’re currently in. By designing with permaculture and communicating nonviolently we can build a better world for all.

You can find out more about Karl and Nonviolent Communication through these resources:
Karl Steyaert
The Center for Nonviolent Communication (Browse this site for information on training, books, and other resources).

This is part of a planned series on nonviolent communication and restorative justice. If after listening to Karl and the idea of Nonviolent Communication you have thoughts, questions, or comments on these subjects, please let me know.

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Apr 142014
 
 

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This episode sets out the plan for the podcast moving forward, as well as some of my personal short, medium, and long term goals. After the events over the past few months I want to keep an open dialog about what’s happening behind the scenes, as well as the day-to-day work, so the podcast and permaculture move forward fluidly.

Specific to my current permaculture work that includes fundraising, advertising, the planned release schedule, and collaborations within the community. More personally, I touch on my long term educational goals, taking time to develop my personal body knowledge of certain topics, and plans for bringing together permauclture and higher education.

As my educational perspective is mostly with teenagers, or personal experiences as a parent, if you’re interested in teaching children permaculture, check out Permiekids.com. That site and the work of Jen Mendez are part of the conversation today and forms the basis for the Permabyte for Friday, April 18th.

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Listen to an excerpt from Aldo Leopold‘s A Sand County Almanac. This piece comes from his observations on the month of April and is titled “Come High Water.”

I found Aldo Leopold’s work later in my life, only first hearing of this book last year. His words and turn of phrase are beautiful and inspiring. If you haven’t read it, you really should take the time to do so. Subtle references abound that show the power of observation when combined with a connection to the land. He also expresses the idea of a Land Ethic that is a useful lens for considering human habitation and resource use, the world not built by humanity, and how we can honor our culture and the earth.

If you read A Sand County Almanac or have other nature writing to recommend, I’d love to hear from you:

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Apr 092014
 
 

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My guest for this episode is Michael Commons, a permaculture practitioner located in Thailand who practices agro-forestry and helps to connect farmers with one another so they can add more value to their farms. We discuss his background, the Thai Agroforestry group Wanakaset, and the NGO organization Michael works for, the Green Net Foundation which also includes the Earth Net organization.

While talking about Wanakaset, we cover the 5 basic needs of the self-sufficient agriculture philosophy in Thailand.

  1. Rice
  2. Food
  3. Medicine
  4. Fertility and Microorganisms
  5. Products We Use Everyday

The conversation around this last item digs into the yields we get from a system and how to add value beyond raw materials. This in turn speaks to economic and personal freedom.

Michael and I are discussing a follow-up interview to discuss savings groups. If you’d like to include a follow-up question with Michael in that conversation, e-mail or call me using the information below.

Learn more about Michael, his thoughts, and work, through the following resources:
E-mail Michael: michael@greennet.or.th
Green Net / Earth Net Foundation
A long term perspective: The Wanakaset concept
How to break through the glass house: A personal reflection

Wanakaset – Journey to Self-Reliance

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Apr 072014
 
 

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If you don’t, you should. The act of intentionally observing and recording brings you in-touch with the world around you and provides a space to be present in the moment and for later reflection.

My journal entry for today, April 7, 2014:

It’s a cold wet morning, but above freezing. Light to moderate rain and 39 deg. Fahrenheit with a light shifting breeze.

The garlic scapes continue to pierce through the straw mulch. The number poking up appears to double each day.

The first crocus of Spring fades from a dark purple at the tips of the flowers to a lavender so light it’s almost white. The flowers begin to uncurl making the appearance of this Spring flower stronger. I saw a daisy yesterday in the side yard. The first of those flowers so far this year.

A pair of grey squirrels dine together on the back deck, alone except for themselves, eating seeds pilfered from bird feeders.

The depth of the stream varies day by day as the levels rise and then recede depending on the precipitation. It’s up some this morning.

A reminder for yourself: order mushroom plugs for the recently downed logs. Double check the information on what works best in oak. Coordinate a mushroom logging party.

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Apr 042014
 
 

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The children’s gardening tools hand at the ready outside the front door.

Based around my experiences as a parent, here is my take on practicing permaculture with your children (raising permacultural literate children?) and the parallel task of practicing permaculture, or being a professional, while raising your children (family/permaculture/career balance).

When it comes to raising permaculture children, my wife and I:

  • Limit, but do not eliminate, their exposure to technology and media.
  • Foster a love of nature by being outdoors.
  • Include them in what we do, outside and in our lives.

When it comes to practicing permaculture while raising children, my wife and I:

  • Work around the children’s schedule as much as possible.
  • Create space for the other to work on important tasks.
  • Communicate and act as partners with one another for the interest of the children.

To do these previous two things well requires self care. For anyone doing this I recommend:

  • Carry a way to take notes.
  • Keep a shared calendar to list daily, non-routine, activities so you can schedule time.
  • Work to your strengths and create a support structure to help with your weeknesses.
  • Know and take care of your personal non-family, non-work needs.

 

 

Trust in children to explore the world with reasonable supervision.

 

How do you handle balance raising children, work, and permaculture? I’d love to hear from you.

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