About the show:
The goal of this show is to spread the word about Permaculture as far and wide around the world as anyone who wants to give it a listen and begin to learn more about this amazing and intense ethical design science. As Permaculture is a holistic approach, so are the topics for the show which can range from the core information one can find in a PDC, selecting books for a Permaculture library, to general gardening topics, and different economic options. My goal is to help you to think like a Permaculturist so you can integrate these ideas into your life, whether you practice it from an apartment in a city, a home in the suburbs, or on a rural plot hours from anywhere.
To help you along the way is this show with at least two topical episodes each week. Generally they will be short (under 20 minutes) and on a single topic. The former is a constraint to keep me focused, the latter so you don’t have to go hunting through a multi-part audio file looking for that one little bit you needed.
My name is Scott Mann, which I’m sure you guessed from listening to the show, and live near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, on a small plot of land in need of serious rehabilitation.
After years of fighting the call to take up the shovel of Permaculture, I finally submitted and began looking for a Permaculture Design Course (PDC). Though I had been looking for one off and on for over 5 years, to my surprise, and very much to my wife’s relief, I quickly found one that didn’t require me to hop a plane to Australia or even any plane at all. Instead, just a little over an hour from my home, Lower Susquehanna Valley Permaculture in Lancaster Pennsylvania, run at that time by Ben Weiss and Dillon Naber, was offering a full 72-hour PDC in a weekend format. I signed up. After 7 months of classes, 7 Saturdays and 3 Sundays total, in early October 2010 I stood on the other side a Permaculture Designer with a pretty little certificate in my hand, suitable for framing, and a lifetime of useful knowledge and education ahead.
Though I have spent now countless hours before, during, and after my PDC reading, thinking, and working with the ideas of Permaculture, I do not, and cannot, consider myself an expert on Permaculture. There is too much that one can pursue to further their education on it to hope to accomplish it in one lifetime which, for me, makes it a great lifetime pursuit.
In addition to the show I also run a small (nano would be more appropriate as it is only one person: me) Permaculture design, education, and consulting company.
If you would like to know more about the podcast, me, or anything Permaculture, please send me an email: show (at) thepermaculturepodcast.com