Why do I live a simple permaculture life?
How am I debt-free?
Why do I unschool with permaculture and what does that mean?
Why and how have I created my own work?
Why do I believe permaculture education is so important?
How was I inspired by leading ecological mentors at Schumacher College and volunteering in the Himalayas?
This podcast on The Urban Farm gives the back story as to why I live this way, why I do what I do, and what drives me.
It went to air on a couple of days ago from the the Urban Farm HQ in Phoenix, Arizona. It is 56 minutes - grab a cuppa, or put it on in the car. I hope you enjoy it.
|I teach practical permaculture to kids ....|
|...high school students...|
|... and adults.|
|At home in our garden.|
|I was inspired to live a simple abundant life after volunteering in Ladakh, in the Himalayas in 1992 and 1995. My experience there had a profound impact on me.|
|For 18 years I have lived in a permaculture ecovillage with a vibrant community and beautiful natural environment.|
|We designed and built our home in affordable, 'buildable' modules - before this, we'd built a coffee table!|
|Our edible landscape surrounds the house and provides an abundance of vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, medicinals, mulch and habitat for a diversity of species. It's a super low maintenance system filled with self-seeding plants and perennials.|
Extra information posted on the Urban Farm Website (www.urbanfarm.org) about the contents of this podcast:
Listen in and learn about:
- Her path to get to where she is at based on strong ethics, environmental activism and natural health upbringing from her parents.
- Her early teenage year with activism and being connected to nature
- How growing up with the awareness of nuclear war potentials and oils shortages influenced her messages
- Her father’s teachings to look for positive solutions
- Being influenced by Fritjof Capra, author of TAO of Physics,
- Her adventures in England that introduced her to permaculture foundations and teachings
- Her head and heart filling up with possibilities
- How she transformed her ideas and inspiration into the reality of her life in Australia
- Her life on the amazing Crystal Waters village community (you need to hear all of this to believe it) with 83 households working together in a true permaculture community
- WWOOFers that come to the village and the WWOOFing that helps teach her kids so much about the world
- When your green you grow, when your ripe you rot
- Her son’s homeschool project of solar powered transportation for their community
- How she learned so much more about successful permaculture after she left the university
- What she feels is needed to start successful polycultural systems
- Her connected pods that create her home which expanded as her family did
- The story of how their home was built by themselves and what that means to them
- How she can forage for food just outside her door
- Why she considers her home an ecological system that looks after itself
As well as:
- Some real treats in her garden that demonstrate how many edible parts there are in any garden
- What the biggest products that come from her garden are besides food for her family
- What she does with the recycling depository in her carport
- How her children are already living and speaking permaculture
- How she is un-schooling her kids and the benefits of this method
- How she is learning to accept that some of her ideas have not reached their time yet
- Why she thinks her project of Northey Street City Farm is her biggest success
- Why feeling the pain and injustice of the earth being destroyed and cultures being dismantled actually drives her to seek out better solutions
- Her final piece of advice is to be open and listen to learn
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