This is Tony again.
This article sums up why I avoid the word permaculture.
If you want to save time just skip to page eight. I agree with everything this author has to say about permaculture.
This is my favorite excerpt from the article.
If you were in India, say, and encountered someone helping a blind beggar across the road, it would be odd to say "I see you are a Christian" as if Christianity had a monopoly on kindness. In the same way it seems odd to me if people say "Oh I see you're into Permaculture"; am I? I am inclined to answer "Yes" on the understanding that Permaculture is another name for the holistic approach. But then all hell breaks loose: people project so much baggage onto the term that using it at all leads to a godawful tangle of confusion and misunderstanding. I've learned to steer clear of it; I prefer to speak in plain English and say what I really mean
There was a time when I called myself a permaculturalist. I was young and idealistic. I am older and slightly wiser now, and I actively distance myself from ideologies...including permaculture. When people ask me what I do, I generally reply "I plant useful trees". This is concrete and tangible to anyone. Permaculture isn't something you can do, because it's an idea that exists only in the fertile imagination of homo sapiens. Planting a tree on the other hand is all doing...no need for explanation...no need for a philosophical discussion...you just plant the tree...done!
Here is a (in my opinion) funny video that hints at my dissatisfaction with permaculture.
To quote the opening line of the video "we can see permaculture as a musical symphony, a symphony to freedom". OH REALLY! Well, not only does that have nothing to do with my homestead, but it doesn't actually mean anything. This type of vague, feel good jargon is rampant in the permaculture community. Thus, my disatisfaction.
Life is short, I take concrete steps towards concrete goals and sometimes it works....that's what I am doing. It doesn't need a name.
Feel free to pick my brain if you wish.
And just a side note, I love Eleagnus! Let's talk about how cool Eleagnus is...especially the evergreen species...good winter fodder for rabbits.
And a side side note...I'm having huge successes growing Camelia sinensis!!!