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For those of you who watched the video I posted a week ago, there is an additional 20 minutes of material here that wasn’t part of the visual recording, as the camera battery died and I couldn’t swap it out at the time, but the audio feed continued rolling along. If you didn’t watch the video, no problem, just settle in and relax as you can hear all that and more in this episode.
During his address Eric shares with us the concept of Vernacular Architecture, what it means to truly build with local sustainable materials and the decisions involved in that process, and invites us all to be active in our role as builders. He also shares information about the non-profit, ThePOOSH.org, he and other members run, and how we can get involved. The Q&A that rounds out his speech touches on the new community he and members building codes and personal decisions, creating relationships in order to keep disputes from arising, and how to explore and find solutions to problems of living sustainably, such as lighting your home.
I’d like to thank Photographer John for allowing me to borrow the equipment I used to make this recording, and the video possible. I’d also like to thank every listener who contributes to the show. You allow me to keep the show transmitting out into the ether, and to documents events like Radicle Gathering. If you’ve been considering becoming a recurring patron, sign up at patreon.com/permaculturepodcast. If you prefer to make a one time show of support, use the PayPal button on the right hand side of this.
Find out more about Eric Puro and his work at ThePOOSH.org.
Before getting into my thoughts about this speech, a few quick class announcements. Jen Mendez of PermieKids.com, a long-time friend and sponsor to the show, has a number of online events in September. First are her EDGE Alliances. On September 13 join her and other members of the PermieKids community to discuss “What’s Home? Outdoor Place-Based Nature Study.” Two days later on September 15 is “Connecting with the Natural Wonderment of the World through the Visual Arts.
In addition to those EDGE Alliances, She and David Blumenkrantz are continuing to share their work on Youth and Community Development through Rites of Passage, which formed the basis for our interview released on July 16. Join Jen and David as they expand on those ideas through a series of virtual campfires discussion, the first of which is on September 21, 2015.
I was fortunate enough to not only attend Radicle to hear Eric’s speech, but also to spend time living in community with him and others for several days in Clear Creek ahead of the time spent at Radicle. I also recorded a round table discussion with folks there, which I’m planning to release on September 17.
In that experience I got to see and begin to understand what it means to be in community with others, and the importance of an invitation into something. I was invited to stay with them, but then invited to help build with them. During Radicle I joined Eric, Loren, Satu, Adam, and my friend, The Other Eric (who joined me for the journey to Kentucky), to build the the foundation for the cob oven. Coming from a background where the attitude was “do it right or don’t do it at all,” I was initially hesitant to join in collecting materials or the construction, instead watching from the side and asking questions. Then I was told that the only way I’ll learn is to do and that anything that is done can be undone so hop in. It was a rewarding experience and as a result I collected and stacked stones, dug for sandy soil, and had some deep discussions about creating outside the bounds of a schedule driven, just in time, forever faster system. That made Eric’s keynote resonate even more strongly with me, and is why I titled this episode We Can All Be Builders.
Each of the members of ThePOOSH, and others unrelated to that work but who live in Clear Creek, Kentucky, opened the door and joined in at every step of the way to support and grow not only the projects, but also the people involved, including myself.
Those people in that place allowed a space for me to let go of my rational mind and begin to feel, in a way uncoupled from the facts and figures of daily life, and was a reminder of the value of emotions and, as Dave Jacke said, what they can tell us about what is going on in our lives, in the moment. There is information in those emotions.
We need to be free of that rational reductionist side from time to time in order that we have the perspective that can pair the irrational with the reductionist knowledge we gain through education and formal experiences. Taking those disparate parts and build a new story that is not one or the other, not the weight of the past or the activities of the present or the dreams of the future, but a synthesis of all the moving parts into something unique. Something novel. Something new the world has never seen before.
In that space, that mindset, we can find the thoughts that are different. Those ideas can get us out of the situations we find ourselves in. We can be creative in our use of permaculture as a decisions making process and apply it to whatever situation we find ourselves in.
Like talking to a building inspector about the structure we built, how it was built, and why it is safe in an earthquake zone, even though we are not engineers. To be good with our neighbors and learn that sharing strawberries or garlic or a beer or wine, can create a better relationship, but that we still have the option to build a fence if what we do is onerous to others and there is no way to resolve it otherwise.
As permaculture practitioners we have all the tools to create an abundant world, now all we need are the skills and the space within our particular niche to make it happen.
If I can help you with that, get in touch with me. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Call: 717-827-6266.
From here, my upcoming recordings and other events, all lumped together by date.
Jason Godesky and I are looking to sit down over Labor Day weekend and record an in-person interview to discuss his thoughts on re-wilding and the open-source role playing game he wrote, The Fifth World, which seeks to explore what life might be like after the fall of civilization four hundred years from now. If you are a gamer, definitely check that out.
September 10, a Thursday and a normal release day for the podcast, is the day I turn 36. I usually take my birthday week off from the podcast, but may release a personal reflection on some of the lessons I’ve learned recently, and the current direction of the show.
September 12, I will be at The Riverside Project outside of Charles Town, West Virginia, to record an in-person round table discussion. The panelists are currently Nicole Luttrell of Deeply Rooted Design, Jesse Wyner of Liberty Root Farm, Ashley Davis, a permaculture design certified herbalist who runs Meadowsweet Botanicals, and Diane Blust, a retired government worker who is starting her permaculture homestead, Chicory Hill Farm.
This event kicks off at 2pm with a meet and greet, followed by a recording from 230-330, a short break, another recording from 4pm-5pm, and then a potluck from 5pm-??? This is an event that you can attend, however spaces are limited. To find out more or to RSVP, e-mail Emma: email@example.com.
September 16, Lisa Rose, author of Midwest Foraging, joins me to talk about the book and her other work.
September 19 and 20, if all goes well, I’m returning to Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania to see what is going on and
Late September, as we are still working on a date, Peter Michael Bauer returns to continue to the conversation on rewilding. We are also still working on what to talk about, but with the direction our private conversation went after the recording ended for the last interview, this one could dig deep.
October 6, Sandor Katz joins me to talk about all things fermentation and culture.
The first week of November, Brad Lancaster returns to share strategies based on the work of the Desert Harvesters to collect water in an urban environment in order to support native perennials planted in public right-of-ways
If you have questions for these guests get in touch via the usual email address of phone number.
You can also use those if you want to talk about permaculture, ask me questions directly, or if you would like to setup a round-table recording in your community. Let me know.
You can also get in touch with me by sending a letter through the post. There’s nothing quite like seeing an envelope and exploring the stamp, post mark, and the paper or card a note is written on.
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Dauphin, PA 17018
And now, with all that said, this episode of The Permaculture Podcast draws to a close. Until the next time we meet, take care of Earth, your self, and each other.