Jul 012015
 

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My guest for this episode is John Wages the new editor of Permaculture Design magazine.

With issue # 96 the long running American permaculture digest Permaculture Activist became Permaculture Design and with that John Wages took over the role as the editor from Peter Bane. During the conversation today John shares with us how he became involved with the magazine, the name change, what we can expect in the near future, and his long-term plans including improved digital content, moving to a full-color format, the desire for a more frequent publication schedule, and even the possibility of additional magazines to cater to different permaculture audiences.

If you would like to get in touch with John you can reach him directly by emailing editor@permaculturedesignmagazine.com

If you’d prefer to send a letter, that address is:

Permaculture Design Magazine
P.O. Box 60669
Sunnyvale, California 94088

Or visiting the website permaculturedesignmagazine.com, which is up and running beautifully with plenty of great content.

If this is your first time hearing about this publication, definitely pick up an issue and see what a wealth of information is available and why I got so effusive with John over my love for this staple permaculture publication. A subscription is worth much much more than the cost.

As John indicated he is also looking for people to assist in a variety of ways with the magazine. I know a number of you listening have experience with writing, publishing, advertising, graphic design, and a whole host of other skills. If you are in a place to lend a hand get in touch. Email John and let him know.

From here things behind the scenes are busy at the podcast. I spent this past weekend, if you get this show when it comes out, in Brooklyn at the teacher training lead by Jude Hobbs and had a blast with the facilitators and students. For everyone who was there may my non-linear lecture on sense of place and the role of dialog better prepare you to set down roots and be able to meet people where they are at. All my best to each and everyone of the new Teacher Training graduates.

Research into building a permaculture center and community continues and the Facebook group for that effort is looking into methods of governance while I arrange for a site visit with the realtor.

I’m heading to Baltimore on July 10th for a tour and to record an interview with Victoria and Eric, the folks at Charm City Farms. August 20-23 I’ll be in Bowling Green, Kentucky at the Radicle Gathering. Friday I’m leading a Q&A on permaculture, Saturday is a community visioning workshop, and Saturday night I’ll be delivering the final keynote address of the weekend, with Eric Puro, of The Poosh being the Friday night keynote speaker. Eric and the crew will be onsite doing demonstrations and workshops as well, so come on out for a great time sharing music and knowledge in community with others. Find out more at radiclegathering.com.

More details on upcoming events, including a round-table recording near Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, and the Urban Permaculture Conference in New York, as we get closer to those dates.

In nearly every episode I share how to contact me if there is any way that my experiences and broad network can be of any service to you. The best way to get in touch is to call me. 717-827-6266, but if that doesn’t work because of schedules or timezones, send over an email: show@thepermaculturepodcast.com.

Something that I really enjoy, and will admit it is a pleasure of mine, is to receive a handwritten letter. That address is:

The Permaculture Podcast
P.O. Box 16
Dauphin, PA 17018

Next up, on July 8th, is an interview with David Bollier and we’ll be discussing the commons and the role we permaculture practitioners have in protecting that space and forming in new alliances.

Until then spend each day making the world into the place where you want to live by taking care of Earth, your self, and each other.

Jun 252015
 

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This episode is the second half of a two-part Susquehanna Permaculture Round Table discussion that took place at my friend Seppi’s house on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Since Charles Eisenstein had to leave after the first recording, this piece features Ben Weiss and Dave Jacke as the panelists, and includes several members of the live home audience joining in to share their thoughts and questions on the topics at hand.

With a mixture of humor and honesty we continue talking about how to become right with ourselves and others in order to find and build community, and right livelihood. Be sure and check out the first episode, which includes Charles Eisenstein on the panel, if you haven’t heard it already.

You can find out more about the panelists from this session at their respective websites. susquehannapc.com for Ben, and edibleforestgardens.com for Dave.

If you would like to study with Dave he is teaching a 9 day intensive course on Forest Garden Design from October 2 – 11, 2015 at Feathered Pipe Ranch, near Helena Montana. This is the first time in three years that this course has been offered in the United States. This all inclusive class allows students to learn how to mimic forest ecosystems that include a number of valuable characteristics including stability and resilience. As with the recent interviews with Dave this have expressed, you can also expect this course to explore the human side of design including the social and economic elements. Participants will also have the opportunity to design multiple forest garden, including one for the course site as well as for the 6th Ward Forest Garden Park to be installed in Helena.

Find out more about this course at insideedgedesign.com/upcoming-events, or via the link in the show notes.

So, I’ve been resting on any kind of extended commentary about all of this until after the second half, this piece, came out, which included brevity with the ending for the conversation with Penny Livingston-Stark, because all three dealt a great deal with that personal or inner landscape work.

My personal work in that direction has lead me to understand more fully my personal niche and role. As much as I may desire to be a certain type of person, as indicated in this conversation, I’m not. At the end of the day I’m your friendly neighborhood podcast host, teacher, and network builder. It’s funny how hard it was to come to terms with that, but the more I do so the easier this work is.

The three hours or so of material, and conversations held with others in the time since, left me in a place where the answers to the questions at hand lead to more questions and more conversations. Alexis’ interest in building community in Reading. My interest in right livelihood and turning the podcast into a full-time career. Ethical purity, and the imagery Charles set forth about being a good person at the end of the the first round table segment.Then two days after this I had a big conversation with Wil and Eli and Jono in-person and we talked about many of the things covered in the last few podcast episodes and what it means to live right with yourself, to be honest, and to make it all work, which in turn moved us towards community. I looked back through the responses to the listener poll I posted a while back, and recurring themes that advertisers are okay by you if that means that I can keep doing this, and that people were looking for more than a podcast to be a part of, but for a larger project. The anger you heard me express at the beginning of this conversation, after years of it being something consuming in my youth, is now a source of creativity and energy.

Coming out of this I’m approaching certain individuals within the community searching for appropriate sponsors to turn the podcast into something more. I’m also working with a number of retailers and others in order to add more value for recurring Patreon members. Currently there are 10% discounts available at Field and Forest Products, and PermieKids for folks who join that service at $5 or more per month.

But that is just about the show. The more interesting part comes with a different project. One way or another I am building a permaculture center and community that can focus on education and research in a completely legal manner, that in turn become an incubator and model for other such projects, and locate it in an area near other cities and communities where there are ordinances and zoning issues that need to be resolved in order to be created, to solve some of the underlying problems when everything we want to do is illegal and there are structures in place that keep us from living in community with one another.

At the moment there is a piece of property in my township that is currently available for purchase that is nearly perfect for this purpose. Over 15 acres with a portion is zoned commercial with several buildings including a house, and the rest is high-density residential. It is near multiple interstates and highways, an international airport, a train depot, and bus station. It is within day-trip distance from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Balitmore, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and New York City.

I am also already involved in local politics as I sit on the Parks and Recreation Board for the township, know many of the gatekeepers, and have been involved in changing ordinances. I’ve already begun working with my law firm to investigate the possibility, and working with others in the Susquehanna Permaculture community to keep the energy going while I work on some of the nuts and bolts details.

I’ve reached out to The Possibility Alliance and ThePOOSH as a sort of sanity check to see if this is a reasonable thing to do and the feedback they shared was that this is the kind of example site that is needed because it exists where people are. Community leaders from throughout the region can be invited to drop in when it is convenient and see what is happening. Multiple perspectives and thoughts can be shared from the individuals and families working and, in the long term, living onsite.

But I can’t do this alone and need the broader permaculture community to raise the funds to make this happen. Being me, of course, I want to do it a different way and not run a go-fund me or other electronic crowdfunding campaign. Let’s use a low-tech, high-touch approach.

If you are in a place to assist with this launch call people you know and tell them you are in support of a project that can help to create the world you want to live in and you are asking the person on the other end of that call if they can give in support of the same. Or write them a letter expressing your desire to see something like this come forth into the world.

Give them the show@thepermaculturepodcast.com address if they can send something via PayPal, or the mailing address for the show if they want to give by post:

The Permaculture Podcast
P.O. Box 16
Dauphin, PA 17018

Spread the word and let people know what’s happening, what we are doing here together.

Join in the permaculture center and community conversation here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/410645555797232/

If you have any questions about this call: 717-827-6266 or email: show@thepermaculturepodcast.com.

From here I’ll be a guest instructor at Jude Hobb’s Teacher Training, in cooperation with Beyond Organic Design, the evening of Sunday June 28, 2015, at the Commons in Brooklyn. I believe that evening is open to the public so if you are in the area and want to stop by my lecture is from 730pm to 9pm. More information about that is at beyondorganicdesign.org.

August 20 – 23 I’ll be at Radicle Gathering in Bowling Green, Kentucky, running a Permaculture question and answer session on Friday afternoon, a community vision workshop on Saturday morning, and delivering the Saturday night keynote address. Eric Puro of ThePOOSH will also be there as the Friday night Keynote speaker. If you are in the area come out and join in the fun of workshops, live music, and a whole bunch of people coming together to explore how to build resilient communities. radiclegathering.org.

September 12, 2015 I’ll be at the RiversideProject recording a live permaculture round table. September 18 I’m looking to return to the Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania to check out this year’s event. More details on those two as I get closer to those events. I am also in touch with the organizers of the Urban Permaculture Conference, being held in NY, NY from October 23-25 about covering and presenting at the event.

If you are an organizer who would like me to come cover or speak at your event, drop me a line through the usual means.

Until the next time take care of earth, your self, and each other.

Jun 172015
 

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Penny Livingston-Stark

 

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My guest for this episode is Penny Livingston-Stark.

Penny is a long time permaculture practitioner and teacher who operates the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, California. RDI is located at the 17-acre Commonweal Garden.

I’ve been aware of Penny and her work since I started formally studying permaculture five years ago, and she has remained one of the most suggested guests for the show, often by her former students who have themselves appeared on the podcast. I think I’ve talked to more people who have studied with her than of any other permaculture instructor thus far.

When this interview was originally scheduled Penny and I talked about using her work in international permaculture as a focus for our discussion, but instead turned towards the idea of peacemaking. Drawing from her experiences using permaculture and ceremony for conflict resolution we discuss the need for inner landscape work in order to build community and move the practice of permaculture forward. Or, to put it another way, how we have to get right with ourselves so that we can better our use of the ethics and principles to create lasting change that cares for this planet we call home and all the inhabitants.

She is clear to point out, however, that permaculture as a design system is not a metaphysical one, nor does she include those ideas in her teaching, rather that a deep exploration into natural systems invites a further examination of our connection to the world around us and the nature of life and other living beings. These ideas set the overall tone for our conversation, but we also discuss the need for experimentation and the cultivation of useful skills.

This interview, though not planned as such, serves as a buffer and connection about the discussion of right livelihood embodied in the two segments of the recent round table conversation recorded at Seppi Garrett’s, of which the next piece is out on June 24, 2015. My only regret is that in this recording there is a bit of noise at some points, but they do not detract from the breadth or meaning of what Penny shares with us.

You can find out more about Penny Livingston-Stark, the Regenerative Design Institute, and Commonweal Garden at regenerativedesign.org and commonweal.org. If you are interested in the Permaculture Institute of North America, that website is at pina.in.

Penny also wanted me to share with you that she has an upcoming Permaculture Design Course that will be taught in cooperation with The Kul Kul Farm at The Green School in Bali from August 7 – 23, 2015.

So that you might learn more about The Green School site, I’ve included a pair of videos below including one from John Hardy, a co-founder of this organization, and one from his daughter, Elora.

http://kulkulfarmbali.com/bali-permaculture-design-course/

I’m still mulling over this conversation with Penny and the round table with Ben Weiss, Dave Jacke, and Charles Eisenstein. There is a thread here that touches on some of my own challenges as a changemaker, but there is still more to hear on this before I share my thoughts about everything at the end of next week’s show.

Until then get in touch and let me know about your journey and where you are. Call: 717-827-6266 or email: show@thepermaculturepodcast.com.

Coming up I’ll be a guest instructor at Jude Hobb’s Teacher Training, in cooperation with Beyond Organic Design, the evening of Sunday June 28, 2015, at the Commons in Brooklyn. There are still spaces available for this class that runs from June 24 – 30, 2015. More information about that is at beyondorganicdesign.org.

August 20 – 23 I’ll be at Radicle Gathering in Bowling Green, Kentucky, running a Permaculture question and answer session on Friday afternoon, a community vision workshop on Saturday morning, and delivering the Saturday night keynote address. If you are in the area come out and join in the fun of workshops, live music, and a whole bunch of people coming together to explore how to build resilient communities. radiclegathering.org.

September 12, 2015 I’ll be at the Riverside Project recording a live permaculture round table. September 18 I return to the Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania to check out this year’s event and hang out with Tradd Cotter. More details on those two as I get closer to those events.

If you are an organizer who would like me to come cover or speak at your event, drop me a line through the usual means.

That gonna wrap this episode. I’ll join you next week to close up that round table. Until then, take care of earth, your self, and each other.

John Hardy’s Ted Talk: My green school dream

Elora Hardy’s Ted Talk: Magical houses, made of bamboo

Jun 152015
 

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In this video Matt shares his personal story about establishing a sense of place and bringing that into the city to foster real resiliency. Many of the ideas he presents remind me of the work of David Orr and David Sobel and how creating a sense of place, to truly integrate ourselves into the land, the people, and the community, can increase our concern for what happens to that place we call home.

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Jun 102015
 

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This episode is a Susquehanna Permaculture round-table discussion recorded at my friend Seppi Garrett’s on June 3, 2015 in front of a live audience.

The panel for the conversation were Ben Weiss, Dave Jacke, and Charles Eisenstein. Ostensibly the conversation was framed around the idea of how to achieve a right livelihood, but as you might imagine with these three voices in a room together the bounds of the conversation pushed in every direction and touched on much much more. For regular listeners who have heard Ben and Dave in the past, the conversation was also candid in ways that you won’t hear elsewhere.

This piece is part one of two recorded that day, as Charles was with us for only a short time. The second half, with Ben, Dave, and various audience members, will be released on June 24, with more round tables like this in the works.

If you enjoy this episode become an ongoing podcast patron at Patreon.com/permaculturepodcast, or with a one-time donation via the PayPal link on the right hand side of the podcast page. Your support is how I keep the show on the air and am able to arrange the time to facilitate the conversation you are about to hear and others like it.

You can find out more about Ben at susquehannapc.com. Dave’s website is edibleforestgardens.com and Charles’ is at charleseisenstein.net.

I’d also like to thank Shauna Yorty for taking pictures of the event, including the one of the three panelists I used here.

I’m going to hold my commentary on this until the release of part two on June 24.

In the meantime, I want to let you know that I will be a guest instructor at Jude Hobbs’ upcoming Teacher Training, in cooperation with Beyond Organic Design, on June 28 at The Commons in Brooklyn, New York. You can find out more at beyondorganicdesign.com. After that I’ll be a keynote speaker on Friday, August 21, 2015, talking about building resilient communities at the Radicle Gathering in Bowling Green, Kentucky. That is a four-day event of music and workshops that runs from August 20-23, 2015. The website for that festival is radiclegathering.com.I’m also recording another round table discussion on September 12, 2015 at The Riverside Project in West Virginia.

If you have an event you’d like me to come to, or to serve as a panelist or speaker, let me know.

email: show@thepermacutlurepodcast.com
Call: 717-827-6266
Write:

The Permaculture Podcast
P.O. Box 16
Dauphin, PA 17018

I’ll join you next week with an interview from Penny Livingston-Stark. Until then, take care of Earth, your self, and each other.