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This 1 hour and 41 minute video is an interview with Diego Footer (founder of Permaculture Voices) called "15 Lessons Learned from Diving Headlong into a Permaculture Based Homestead." The interview was a part of the Eat Your Dirt Summit put on by Amanda Smith from Solace Lessons.

This interview covers:

  • Know your context
  • 1/2 acre is a LOT of land
  • Underestimate available time
  • Start with the basics
  • Think ahead 1, 3, 5, 10 years
  • Observe the site
  • Respect seasonality
  • Establish water and access first
  • Start at your backdoor
  • Build, Buy, Bring in soil
  • How little can you do?
  • Don’t box in or cut short
  • Start simple and low tech
  • Beware of Eco-Hipsters and their wares
  • Massive amounts of surplus are available locally




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    Great lessons for beginners! Worth watching!

    Here's the index, in case it's helpful:

    15 Urban Permaculture Lessons: To save you massive amounts of time, money and water
    The 15 lessons. Not speculation or hypothetical. Based on my own failures, trials, and errors. It's been 5 years of a lot of mistakes

    Lesson 1: define your context
    Lesson 2: accept the fact that the more land you have, the less intensively you will be able to manage it
    Lesson 3: understimate your available time
    Lesson 4: understand and have a good grasp on the basics first
    Lesson 5: think ahead 1, 3, 5, 10 years
    Lesson 6: observe the site
    Lesson 7: respect seasonality
    Lesson 8: establish water & access first
    Lesson 9: start at your backdoor
    Lesson 10: get soil on site - build, buy, bring in soil
    Lesson 11: how little can you actually do?
    Lesson 12: don't box yourself in or cut yourself short
    Lesson 13: start with simple and low tech infrastructure, and increase complexity and permanence as needed and as confidence grows
    Lesson 14: beware of the eco-hipsters and their wares
    Lesson 15: massive amounts of surplus are available locally

    Learn more:
    Podcast - 100's of episodes http://permaculturevoices.com/podcast
    Youtube -  [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/user/permacultureVOICES[/youtube]
     
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