Chris Mike wrote:
I actually live about directly halfway between these two and have been to both! I have gotten many things from them! I'm glad so many people seem to know about them (at least crawfordville).
Chris Mike wrote:Although I start discussion on tropical trees, the moment it starts getting cold (freezes the last two nights) I have to admit I start to change my mind... I'm such a wimp.
Phil Stevens wrote:Hugh, I wish I could grow okra again. It did great in Tucson (as long as I watered it) but since moving to a place where summer is barely warm means every plant I've tried to nurture just struggles to make a pod or two. Maybe I will try a tunnel house this summer. I especially miss okra dipped in cornmeal and fried.
Awesome and thank you so much! Checked out your web-site and I must say, wow! You sound like you are a little hard on yourself, but it looks amazing none the less. I pray that you are rewarded for your hard work and effort and please brother, stay encouraged!
Rene Nijstad wrote:Hi Hugh,
I think I needed that PDC, to connect all those little things into one big understanding and to then understand a little better those things I didn't really get before. I can now read Bill's manual without getting tired fast of the huge flow of information. Seeing it all connected really helped me and without the PDC I would still be struggling right now.
That said, I understand your question now too. We took the most difficult road so maybe I'm the wrong person to answer. On the other hand, if you see extremes maybe it helps too. We have a Wet-Dry tropical climate which can be extreme (either dry or wet). Our terrain is very mountainous and in combination with the sometimes very heavy rainfall this creates hazards that you have to address before you get anywhere (think water retention and erosion). Then our soil is pretty alkaline, so not all plants grow here. Oh and did I mention that we live in a developing country where money is always missing because nobody has any and everybody wants some?
To me Permaculture is not just science or method, but Applied Science in capitals. I think you have to live it, to sort of "be" it before you can teach it. That's why we set out to build a demonstration farm first, before capitalizing on anything. You know, to just stand there with your boots in the mud wondering what theory you know of even applies to your current situation...
My advise to you is:
- life is a huge adventure if you want... Go for it
- answers come over time if you care to pay attention
- Permaculture as a whole is a pretty damn good way of looking at life and our planet
- no matter what anybody says you still have to follow your own path
Good luck man!