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Saturday, November 28, 2015


Permaculture is a worldwide movement dedicated to teaching the principles of agricultural, environmental, and social self-sufficiency.  In effect, it is a pedagogy of regenerative sustainability in the production of food and in the provision of environmental/social security.

I have become a disciple of the movement, for a number of reasons: 
  • I no longer trust government to provide for the best interests of me, my family, and my community.
  • I no longer trust corporations (e.g., big ag, big pharma, etc.) to provide for the best interests of me, my family, and my community.
  • I no longer want to be enslaved to those whom I do not know to provide for the best interests of me, my family, and my community.
Rooted in the philosophy of permaculture is the tenet that abundance is achievable, even at the micro level.  Individuals and communities can liberate themselves from dependency on costly and self-serving governmental structures, and in doing so, can experience greater levels of productivity, happiness, wellbeing, and health.

A number of "S" words align well with the precepts of permaculture:
  • Sustainability - long-term health for Earth and all its inhabits (human and otherwise)
  • Self-sufficiency - for individuals, for families, for communities
  • Symbiotic - relationships with/in nature 
  • Seditious - in that it frees us from dependency on government
  • Subversive - in that it authentically advances social equity
  • Self-reliance - in providing for ourselves and our families
  • Self-actualizing - in fostering a healthy sense of confidence, competency, community
  • Spiritual - in heightening our awareness of the magnificent systems in and Source of our existence
I find myself increasingly drawn to all those "S" words. 

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