I can't think of anything that I learned in my Permaculture design course that wasn't available from some other source if one were to look for it. Is Permaculture something more than a marketing program designed to fill the pockets of those who teach Permaculture Design Courses??? If it is something different, what is this difference???
Your explanation, if I am reading correctly, is that permaculture is a broad discipline that encompasses a number of practices. A guideline, if you will, for various practices to follow. Yes? Further, that guideline states that all practices and sub-disciplines (as they become identified when working within said guidelines) should operate taking every other practice and sub-discipline into consideration in regards to the impact on the environment as a whole. Am I even close(er)?
Brenda Groth wrote:
Although most of the information that I obtained at that time and since has dealt with southern hemisphere gardening or Northern pacific, neither of which address my situation in Michigan, the techniques still can be adapted to the freezing north and can enhance the property I have been working on for the past 38 years.
Hopefully, the permaculture design process gives you an overarching plan for how everything works together.
So ends my second blog submission thereby doubling my chance for having my name drawn to receive the ticket to the workshop at the Bullock Estates.
Is Permaculture something more than a marketing program designed to fill the pockets of those who teach Permaculture Design Courses??? If it is something different, what is this difference???
Leah Sattler wrote:
this is a great thread. extracting a definition makes permaculture seem much more flexible than it is sometimes portrayed...In its true form has the flexibiblity to adapt to individual situations and isn't a cookie cutter plan.
and to think indigenous people and many subsistance farmers throughout time have figured this out pretty well without tapes, classes to pay for, trademarked "theories", super expensive books...or even bulldozers.
Just saying it's doable to tap into that gazillion years of (hopefully remaining latent)survival intelligence, if you don't have the resources to pay for the fast track.