Tag Archives: Permaculture

Look to the Problem for its Solution. | C Forward Creative

Today we begin looking at the permaculture principles. The goal of this series is to delve more deeply into permaculture not just as a design process with an agricultural focus, but as a design process for how to live a more fulfilling life. We begin with principle number one.

Observe & Interact

The idea behind this principle is simple. By taking time to observe whatever it is we’re designing a solution for, and by interacting with it, we will create a solution specific to that problem in both context and scale. In other words, this principle prevents the designer from attempting using one-size-fits-all solutions which tend to offer just as many new problems as they solve. Applying this to both our personal lives or our businesses is incredibly valuable.

Suppose we are running a small business with 15-20 employees and we start to notice some bad attitudes and a general drop in employee morale. We could throw money at the problem. Offering everyone a raise would be likely to help keep them from quitting if that’s a concern. We could also fire those who appear to have the worst attitude as a warning sign to others and a way of ‘cleansing’ the general negativity. Either of these solutions might help. Or, they might not. If we don’t take time to observe & interact with our employees it’s a fairly certain bet that we won’t know how to deal with employee issues when they arrive. For instance, it may be that someone on staff is particularly qualified in an area in which the business could clearly use them. Though those at the top may have been too busy to recognize this need, some of the employees may have already identified it and may be upset about the direction the company appears to be heading. By stopping, observing & interacting with the staff, we might discover not only a way to make our business run more smoothly, but also the person to help make it happen.

This concept can also apply to our emotional lives. Often we feel angry when under stress. The unfortunate result is that we take this anger out on those closest to us. For many, the anger seems to creep up out of nowhere and is suddenly too much to handle. We don’t want to yell at those we love, but we lose control for a moment and the yelling happens. Think about how different our interactions would be if we took a few minutes several times a day to sit quietly and observe our emotions. First of all, we would learn how to identify that anger at its source rather than when it’s already too late. By identifying an interacting with it at the source, we would then be able to ask ourselves, while in a reasonable state of mind, if that source was worth having in our lives considering its consequences. We would probably discover it isn’t, which would lead to larger changes in our lives. The final result is that we would be happier, our loved ones would be happier and our relationships would be stronger, leaving us more fulfilled.

These are just a couple examples of how to apply the first permaculture principle beyond the realm of agriculture. Obviously, there are numerous others, but he point is the same. Problems don’t solve themselves and they aren’t solved in a sustainable manner by forcing solutions. The solution typically comes from within and it’s usually not as complicated as we would expect. By slowing down, observing & interacting with the problem, we can find the solutions that really work.

via Look to the Problem for its Solution. | C Forward Creative.

Permaculture….. Where to start?!?! | michelinecelt – natural living

This simple concept has changed my life!

Permaculture is so incredibly intrinsic and common sense that, for me, it feels natural and right. Its designing your land and your resources in a synergistic style.

The concept is using the resources you have directly around you to sustain your life while leaving the land even better than when you got it.

It looks at what you have, what you need, your climate and designs the best way to use it. Permaculture looks at environmental challenges and moves with them to get an even better result – rather than changing our pushing against nature.

If you want to learn more there is SO much out there, but this is a good start…

http://www.permaculture.org.nz/node/29

I’m not going to rip out everything and start from scratch….. I’m going to learn where things would do better and transition that way over time. The permaculture way…

via Permaculture….. Where to start?!?! | michelinecelt – natural living.

The Permaculture Research Institute | foodforestsforever

What is the Permaculture Research Institute (PRI)? [1]

The mission of the Permaculture Research Institute is to work with individuals and communities worldwide, to expand the knowledge and practice of integrated, sustainable agriculture and culture using the whole-systems approach of permaculture design. This will provide solutions for permanent abundance by training local people to become leaders of sustainable development in their communities and countries.

–Statement from the PRI website [2]

Headquartered at Zaytuna Farm in Australia, the Permaculture Research Institute (abbreviated to PRI; formerly known as the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia) is a network of global sites (Master Plan Sites) whose goal is to spread the knowledge and principles of permaculture worldwide. The PRI has a number of experienced instructors in various locations that provide an engaging experience to everyone who participates in their programs.

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The joy of living self sufficient | Living self sufficient

Imagine eating as many organic grapes, sweet as candy, as you can. The pride you feel with a colorful salad from the garden, edible flowers on top. Or the joy of crispy potatoes, full of taste, fresh from the soil.

Growing your own food is so different from shopping for it!

Enjoying a good, natural meal

Have you ever tasted a juicy & sweet homegrown tomato after you had one from the supermarket? Did you ever do a blindfold test with just another apple and one freshly picked from your organic orchard? Or have you heard the incredible difference in sound when cutting a bought potato and a fresh-from-the-garden-one? (“pfffffft” versus “kkggt”)

Convenience food is convenient, but eating can be so much more than just putting something in your stomach! I can get excited by the looks of the first ripe yellow tomatoes in early summer. Or a green apple that turns red. Or can you imagine the joy of bright green lambs lettuce or claytonia when the winter snow is melting! The first fresh greens!

Reasons to live self sufficient

For some people, living self sufficient is like returning to their roots. And I can imagine that this back to basic approach is appealing! Even when I lived in the city, I loved to “hunt” and gather food (fruits, nuts, goose eggs) from public parcs.

In the USA you can see more and more people preparing (“prepping”) themselves for “when disaster strikes”. They build up a self sufficient life out of fear for natural disasters or unexpected attacks. Also an option.

For others it is a money thing. You can save a lot of money by growing your own organic food. Not only on food but also on the doctor’s bill and the fee of a gym.

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