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Starting A Permaculture Farm With No Money | Planet Permaculture

An excellent interview with Mark Shepard talking about how he went about purchasing some land and turning it over into a productive polyculture that earns him a living, specifically focusing on how difficult it actually was. He uses great agroforestry techniques with special attention to planting annuals between rows or letting the animals in for pest control measures. I found this fascinating and very informative, real experience about the practicalities of what people call “permaculture”. If you think farming is going to be easy, sadly your mistaken.

“The only way to get a farm with no outside inputs is to imitate ecology. Imitating ecology is imitating your biome where you are.  Having the full array of plants and animals that would have been there. But of course since we are humans and we have our own self interests, our food, nutrition, and economy in mind we pick the species that pick the best for us and we manage it like a natural system. And nature has never spent a dime on pest or disease control or fertility.”

LINK: http://www.permaculturevoices.com/podcast/farming-its-damn-hard-the-real-life-journey-of-starting-a-permaculture-farm-with-no-money-an-interview-with-mark-shepard-pvp091/

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Welcome to my new blog! | Miranda Muse

(This looks like a blog to follow! mrjonmoore)

Aloha and welcome to my new blog. I’m excited to share what I’m up to and all things interesting in my world and hopefully to you. Permaculture, art, crafts, single motherhood, sustainability, travel, Hawaii and more.

For my first entry I want to share what I’m up to. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m passionate about creating an intentional community where like-minded individuals can live and work together to co-create a sustainable, abundant, loving future. I’ve wanted to do this for the past 17 years but never really got around to it. I gave up my dreams for others, but not any more.  I’m passionate about creating food security and being totally sustainable.  I grew up with a world-renowned horticulturist father who also started doing aquaculture in the 80’s. At 15 years old I was transferring fish from one tank to another in my pajamas. I thought my dad was crazy (ok ,he is but it’s a good crazy in the Dr. Brown, Back to The Future sort of way). He taught me there was no such thing as waste, only resources out-of-place. It took most of my life for me to “get it”. And getting it I am.

I’ve already completed a backyard aquaponics course at Kauai Community College in 2013 and now I have a great opportunity to take an online permaculture design certificate course from Geoff Lawton, one of the worlds leading Permaculturists. This education will give me the foundation to assist my father in creating a private and commercial permaculture farm on the Big Island of Hawaii and prepare me to take over the family business. I also intend to offer my consulting services to clients who want to turn their property into a sustainable, holistic, organic, ecological habit where food security is number one.

For those who are new to permaculture here is the definition as posted on Wikipedia:

Permaculture is a branch of ecological design, ecological engineering, environmental design, construction and integrated water resources management that develops sustainable architecture, regenerative and self-maintained habitat and agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.[1][2] The term permaculture (as a systematic method) was first coined by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in 1978. The word permaculture originally referred to “permanent agriculture” [3] but was expanded to stand also for “permanent culture,” as it was seen that social aspects were integral to a truly sustainable system as inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka‘s natural farming philosophy.

Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.

—Bill Mollison, [4]

I have a little bit of cash saved for the course but I’m hoping I can get some help as living on Kauai is definitely a financial challenge for a single mom. If you feel inspired and moved by what I want to accomplish, please consider donating to my GoFundMe campaign. The course is $1,000 and starts February 7th. I’ll gratefully accept large or small contributions that will bring me closer to my goal.  If you are not able to donate, please consider sharing this page with anyone you know who believes in permaculture as being a valuable asset to the community. Sharing is great as 100 people donating $10 pays for the course! 🙂

Thanks for taking the time to read and visit. Mahalo!

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Permaculture | gardeningmelb

Permaculture is a practical concept applicable from the balcony to the farm, from the city to the wilderness. It enables people to establish productive environment providing for food, energy, shelter, material and non-material needs, as well as the social and economic infrastructures that support them.

The concept was first developed by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in Tasmania in the 1970s, leading to the publication of the book ‘Permaculture One’.

Permaculture means thinking carefully about our environment, our resources and how we supply our needs. It aims to create systems hat will sustain not only for the present, but for the future generations.

Permaculture International Journal-Issue No.62 Mar-May 1997 page 4

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