Rolling a tread between People and Permaculture


I Never Wanted to Be a Dirty Farmer Until….

By Jasmine Wilborne

….I met permaculture.

Conventional farming sucks, to put it bluntly.  I’ve never wanted to help my mother in the garden, because I saw how she toiled. I saw how the plants needed constant “nurturing” I saw the weeds creep up. I saw the way she would turn the soil. I thought: Farming sucks because once the farmer turns its back nature gets all unruly like a kindergarten classroom.

I decided not to go into environmental science in college because I saw farming and anything environmental as a constant polarized fight of :Us vs. Them. Humans vs. Nature. Weeds vs. Heirlooms. I knew the fight was never ending and that humans would lose. I saw who won every time I looked at my mother’s poor garden.

Things have changed for me. With permaculture as my guide, I will be letting nature do what it does best and be a partner with them. I would NEVER go to conventional farm school and learn what is taught there. Instead, I will have nature teach me.




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Growing Food is Like Printing Money!

By: Seth Columbia

Watching Fight Club in high school made me realize I didn’t want to ever put myself in the position of begrudging my days in order to acquire material things. I was already on this path from a young age however, when prompted with the Q’ “Whatchya gonna do when ya get all big and old kiddo?” I’d cheerfully reply “I wanna be a hobo” my reasons being that they had no responsibility and got to do whatever they wanted. imagine the curiosity of my family members…

But then there are all the things that you actually NEED. Food, Water, Shelter, And Such! Well to provide for all of these needs with one fellow swoop requires something a little more complete than the popularized version of permaculture as permanent+agriculture. Yet that is a perfect place to look a little closer.

Im No Farmer, but I am a Good Investor

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This Book Made Me Love Permaculture

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This book made me fall in love with Permaculture.

By: Jasmine Wilborne

Two months ago I wouldn’t have been able to tell you what permaculture was.  On September 11th I decided that I would ride my bike across the country with my best friend, Seth, hopscotching between permaculture impact centers, family and friends. Interjection: 1. Do you know how annoying it is that Google Spelling doesn’t recognize permaculture as a word?!? 2. A permaculture impact center can be anything from a homestead, eco-village or educational site that recognizes permaculture as the primary mode of healing the earth, our relationship to nature, and the importance of giving away surplus gifts.

So what happened?

A few things, which I will discuss in subsequent posts, but it all culminated in a book: The Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture by Christopher Shein.

First, I have to tell you a bit about Seth.

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