My guest for this episode is Michael Pilarski, a permaculture practitioner and teacher from Montana here in the U.S. Michael also wildcrafts and forages for wild foods.
Our conversation brings together the interviews with Arthur Haines, Sam Thayer, Wilson Alvarez, and Ben Weiss about our use of the wild lands, and interacting with that edge between the world built by man, the natural world, and the interface between permaculture and wilderness. If you are relatively new to the show, I’d recommend listening to those past episodes before settling in to this time with Mr. Pilarski.
One of the things that stood out to me from this conversation was Mr. Pilarski’s imperative about taking a little place around us and fixing it up. That as each of us do that, the world becomes a better place. I think of David Holmgren and his desire for us to build working models and to spread permaculture by showing people that it works. Of Sam Thayer or Arthur Haines telling us to get out there and go forage. Of the work Wilson and Ben are doing to tend the wild as a way to show a working example of not only how to live within the ethics of permaculture and our interactions with the world that supports us, but continue civilization and the things we like about it in the process, while earning a viable income. I feel like we’re on the cusp of transition, that as much as going on in the world, as each of us embodies the change we want, I’m beginning to see it.
But, maybe that’s just my bias because I like this world we live in and the possibilities of it all. What possibilities do you dream about? Which ones are you taking action on right now? I’d love to hear from you. You can reach me via email: show [at] thepermaculturepodcast [dot] com, or by phone: 717-eight-two-seven-6266.