Mike and Brenda, your words have touched me. The thought that people like yourselves might lack an heir to continue your legacy was very saddening - so much so that I am finally posting on this forum instead of lurking, as is my normal strategy.
Let me assure you both, there are like-minded youngin's out there in droves! Out here in California (the bay area) I've noticed an uptick in the amount of local food production initiatives taking place. Of course, many are a far cry from actual permaculture methods, but more people growing their own food will naturally lead to more permies.
As one of the aforementioned youngin's, I have just started my journey to fully understanding permaculture design, and I have a lot to learn. My Fiance and I are becoming increasingly frustrated with the dystopian state of post-graduate city life, and are seriously considering a change.
We've been looking everywhere for viable property that we could actually afford to purchase and develop, but have had little success so far. In fact, just earlier today we were both lamenting how far off our goals seemed to be. Needless to say, stumbling across this thread (and the others like it in this "rockies" forum) was a breath of fresh air.
Knowing that there are people looking for help, and looking to build communities around permaculture ethics, is an exceedingly comforting notion. I have a ton of research to do now, and some serious discussion to do with the Mrs., but I wanted to thank you both for showing me that the barriers to entering the world of permaculture design and sustainable living are not so formidable.