The We Are All FarmersPermaculture Institute
Why We Are All Farmers?    Everyone can take more responsibility for their food    and energy production/use–thus, We Are ...
What is permaculture?Permanent culturePermanent agricultureRegenerative, managed practices (economic, interpersonal, ethic...
Permaculture is                              systems designCopyright Karl Schmidt 2008
Why permaculture? Why did we choose this?Been there and done that with other modes of farming (Edward) and other modes of ...
Why the Appalachian-       Piedmont region?Opportunity to be back in the region we are fromImportant to commit to a commun...
All well and good–                    but what does that look like?                     5 Lee Avenue, Lexington, Virginia ...
USDA Hardiness Zone 6b: -5F to 0F     Last Frost Date (2013): 5/12     First Frost Date (2013): 10/2 Average Growing Seaso...
“Conventional” gardens
Morewww.irrigationdirect.com                                                Ufseeds.com                           Www.plan...
Design UnifiesPermacultureusa.org
Community UnifiesTerrainforma.ca
Examples of IntegrationFrom the Left clockwise: treehugger.com; ordinary-2-extraordinary.com; upbeetlandscapes.com
The food forest gardening approach is the creation of systems  which are productive and abundant yet which require very   ...
A Forest Gardenhttp://www.theinnovationdiaries.com/1422/food-forestry/
All well and good–but what does that                             look like?           5 Lee Avenue, Lexington, Virginia 24...
www.123rf.com
Filter the ideasthrough hands-ontraining inpermaculture designand these principles permaculturepower.wordpress.com
www.earthactionmentor.org
Take flyers for our courses/workshopsFree two day workshop in the WV coal fields March 29/30Free Crop Mob & Pig Roast Apri...
“The field lies open to the intellect.”                         --Bill Mollison       Lets go see      5 Lee Avenue,Lexing...
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Why permaculture rather than other kinds of gardening? What is the mission of the We Are All Farmers Permaculture Institute? A brief brainstorm on a specific permaculture design site at Washington & Lee University in Lexingtonm VA, USA.

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Why Permaculture? Why We Are All Farmers?

  1. 1. The We Are All FarmersPermaculture Institute
  2. 2. Why We Are All Farmers? Everyone can take more responsibility for their food and energy production/use–thus, We Are All Farmers. Why are you We Are All Farmers ? Start where we are, start with our community, start with hands-on approaches, bridge unusual suspects, create communityResponse to the stats–act local coupled with policy (both are needed)Academic is important; research is important—not the focus of this presentation; not the current focus of what our institute does
  3. 3. What is permaculture?Permanent culturePermanent agricultureRegenerative, managed practices (economic, interpersonal, ethical, often with a focus on food and energy production/management)“care of people, care of earth, share of surplus to both”Many permaculture rock stars: Bill Mollison, David Holgrem, Geoff Lawton, Masanobu Fukuoka, Sepp Holzer—More important than these people themselves are the communities created, the ethics adhered to, and the approaches stewarded
  4. 4. Permaculture is systems designCopyright Karl Schmidt 2008
  5. 5. Why permaculture? Why did we choose this?Been there and done that with other modes of farming (Edward) and other modes of social change (Crystal).Worldwide network, lots of info sharing, lots of methods tried and true; jive with our ethics
  6. 6. Why the Appalachian- Piedmont region?Opportunity to be back in the region we are fromImportant to commit to a community and a regionImportant to recommit to being land-based peopleImportant work to do in our own “back yards”Stewarding land and community take investment over the long haulA permaculture institute needed to serve this regionFocus on community & practices with lower $ entry- points into energy and food production/responsibility
  7. 7. All well and good– but what does that look like? 5 Lee Avenue, Lexington, Virginia 24450 USATurning a grass plot into permaculture: “care of people, care of earth, share of surplus to both.”How can we envision those ethics with this site? How do we make a system that produces ayield and has high labor at the beginning, but less labor over time?
  8. 8. USDA Hardiness Zone 6b: -5F to 0F Last Frost Date (2013): 5/12 First Frost Date (2013): 10/2 Average Growing Season: >149 daysAverage annual precipitation 40.0 inches
  9. 9. “Conventional” gardens
  10. 10. Morewww.irrigationdirect.com Ufseeds.com Www.plant-care.com
  11. 11. Design UnifiesPermacultureusa.org
  12. 12. Community UnifiesTerrainforma.ca
  13. 13. Examples of IntegrationFrom the Left clockwise: treehugger.com; ordinary-2-extraordinary.com; upbeetlandscapes.com
  14. 14. The food forest gardening approach is the creation of systems which are productive and abundant yet which require very little maintenance. http://foodgrowsontrees.blogspot.com/
  15. 15. A Forest Gardenhttp://www.theinnovationdiaries.com/1422/food-forestry/
  16. 16. All well and good–but what does that look like? 5 Lee Avenue, Lexington, Virginia 24450 USATurning a grass plot into permaculture: “care of people, care of earth, share of surplus to both.” How can we envision those ethics with this site? How do we make a system that produces a yield and has high labor at the beginning, but less labor over time?
  17. 17. www.123rf.com
  18. 18. Filter the ideasthrough hands-ontraining inpermaculture designand these principles permaculturepower.wordpress.com
  19. 19. www.earthactionmentor.org
  20. 20. Take flyers for our courses/workshopsFree two day workshop in the WV coal fields March 29/30Free Crop Mob & Pig Roast April 27Seeking WWOOFers/farm internsFull weekends only PDC this fall-- one full work exchange still available +four ½ exchangesFacebook/Pinterest/Twitter: weareallfarmers Keep in touch! Get involved! Happy permaculturing!
  21. 21. “The field lies open to the intellect.” --Bill Mollison Lets go see 5 Lee Avenue,Lexington, Virginia 24450!!!
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