Intro to Permaculture – Solutionary Musings

Peace and Blessings Global Family,

I’m exhausted but caught up on a 4 week course with OSU (Oregon State University); Intro to Permaculture was an amazingly, rich content course. I was able to complete this afternoon and present my final Permaculture design project. It’s a discipline that incorporates organic gardening,  botany, horticulture, innovative technologies, ecology, water management and irrigation systems, climate, geology, and topographical data,  energy systems management, wildlife and plant life habitat, agroforestry, environmental sustainability, paired with landscape and architectural design and development.

What I love most about permaculture is it’s truly a solutionary-based system integrating and honoring the Self, the Community, and the all encompassing Earth systems at the forefront of its analysis, technologies and methodologies.

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Completed Course and OSU Badge (May 21, 2019)

What I love most about permaculture is it’s truly a solutionary-based system integrating and honoring the Self, the Community, and the all encompassing Earth systems at the forefront of its analysis, technologies and methodologies. Permaculture solves problems and provides a better future for living space, and human-ecological harmony on the planet.  It’s broad range of integrated disciplines allows you to ‘think’ and create solutions to complex problems like water management on farms, small or large spaces. If there is a drought or desert, Permaculture can fix that problem; clean up erosion, stop the symptoms of wildfires, drought and even famine and provide balance to man and environment.

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Of course, I’m still overwhelmed by the scope and the knowledge needed to be absorbed to be even basically functional in this type of ecological lifestyle design. As an Anthropology student with a concentration in Environmental Sustainability, Permaculture answers many of the questions we often overlook in this modern society. It’s very core is a return to the natural state of being one with the earth and her elements and producing sustainable yields that exceed lifetimes.

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Permaculture was created by both Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the late 1970s meaning “permanent agriculture” or “permanent culture.”  The 12 principles of permaculture most commonly referred to are first described by David Holmgren in his book Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability (2002).

They include:

  • Observe and Interact,
  • Catch and Store Energy,
  • Obtain a Yield,
  • Apply Self Regulation and Accept Feedback,
  • Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services,
  • Produce No Waste,
  • Design From Patterns to Details,
  • Integrate Rather Than Segregate,
  • Use Small and Slow Solutions,
  • Use and Value Diversity, Use Edges and Value the Marginal, and
  • Creatively Use and Respond to Change.

(source: Wikipedia.)

OSU’s  Intro to Permaculture online MOOC course (April – May 2019)  included people from all over the world earning to transform their land into smart livable spaces that ooze with sustainability and abundance. The institution offers a PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate) with extensive and in-depth training, analysis, and feedback of design ideas. The courses professor, Andrew Millison, provides an excellent YouTube lecture series, a well written eBook along with a chockfull of resources of permaculture’s founders, history, technologies, and the movers and shakers of today’s permaculture global world.  He also has a podcast on SoundCloud worth listening to Earth Repair Radio  with fascinating topics and speakers who provide their expert knowledge base and global projects.

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I truly injoyed the class and look forward to hands-on projects and certification training opportunities!

Hugs, Love and Empowerment Family!

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