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Just Food NYC Conference 2012


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Just Food NYC Conference 2012

  1. 1. Finger Lakes michael @ 607–527–0607
  2. 2. History (the old ideas)• Ecology-based design can be traced to back to indigenous cultural practices• Permaculture is part of a decades-long succession of ecological design ideas• Derived from the writing and research of agricultural scientists who researched problems brought on by industrialization.
  3. 3. History (early agro-ecology)• Farmers Of Forty Centuries Or Permanent Agriculture In China, Korea And Japan by F. H. King, 1911• Five Acres and Independence by M.G. Kairns, 1935• The One-Straw Revolution• The Natural Way Of Farming: The Theory and Practice of Green Philosophy by Masanobu Fukuoka, 1975 & 1976
  4. 4. History (pre-permaculture)• Fundamentals of Ecology by Howard T. Odum, 1953• The Keyline Plan Water For Every Farm by P.A. Yeomans, 1950-1970s• Foxfire magazine & books, 1970s• A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander, 1977• Tree Crops by Joseph Russell Smith,1987
  5. 5. History (Mollison describes the idea)• Permaculture One by Bill Mollison & David Holmgren, 1978• Permaculture Two by Bill Mollison, 1979• Permaculture: A Designers Manual by Bill Mollison, 1988• Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison, 1991
  6. 6. History (2 Generation) nd• Gaia’s Garden: a Guide to Home-scale Permaculture by Toby Hemenway• Permaculture: Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability by David Holmgren, 2002• Edible Forest Gardens Vol. I & II by Dave Jacke & Eric Toensmeier• Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture by Rosemary Morrow, 2006
  7. 7. What is the most important priority forcollective and individual action? Protecting Feedingthe Earth’s 7 Billion ecological people health
  8. 8. Permaculture Ethics & Food• Food exemplifies the false choice between meeting human needs and protecting the environment.
  9. 9. Permaculture Ethics1. People Care: meet the needs of humans2. Earth Care: maintain and support the ecosystem3. Fair Share: limit consumption and direct all surplus to people & earth care From:
  10. 10. Permaculture Ethics & Food• When few people have direct experience growing and producing food, farmers lives are in trouble, societys ideal of healthy food is degraded, and the connection between health, the environment and food is lost.• Permaculture encourages food production by non-experts.
  11. 11. Permaculture Principles• Commonly taught principles are meant to be understood my most people.• Effective permaculture practice is meant for non-experts.
  12. 12. Permaculture Principles• Principles provide ecological guidance and inspiration for design, decisions, and problem solving centered around ethics.
  13. 13. Permaculture Principles• Principles may appear to be “common sense” but when used to evaluate most systems may reveal a lack of ecological common sense.
  14. 14. Permaculture Principles• Mollison and Holmgrem’s permaculture principals are the most common but have been reinterpreted by other authors and permaculture practitioners.
  15. 15. Permaculture Principles• The ecological principles and methods of permaculture design are not dogma and will evolve.
  16. 16. Design Solutions Techniques Strategies Design ProcessDesign Principles Ethics
  17. 17. What can I do nowto bring permacultureinto my life, land andwork?
  18. 18. What can I do?1. Educate yourself.
  19. 19. What can I do?1. Educate yourself. • Examine the work and writings of: Bill Mollison David Holmgren Penny Livingston Masanobu Fukuoka Dave Jacke Rosemary Morrow Darren Doherty Wes Jackson Toby Hemenway Patrick Whitefield • Subscribe to the Permaculture Activist magazine
  20. 20. What can I do?2. Copy and implement permaculture practices that already work.
  21. 21. What can I do?2. Copy and implementpermaculture practicesthat already work.
  22. 22. What can I do?3. Network with others.• Northeastern Permaculture Network (• PermacultureActivist.Net• FLXpermaculture.Net•• International Permaculture email listservs• Begin a local permaculture group or book club• Identify programs with similar ideas and goals.
  23. 23. What can I do?4. Takepermacultureclasses.
  24. 24. Finger Lakes PermacultureInstitute• founded in 2005• Evolved out of a series of potlucks held since 2003• First Permaculture Design Certification course organized by Michael Burns, Steve Gabriel and Karryn Olson Ramanujan with Geoff Lawton teaching the first 24 hours.
  25. 25. Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute • Workshops – Focus on specific skills that demonstrate permaculture principles
  26. 26. Finger LakesPermacultureInstitute • Community Trainings – Approx. 30+ hours of classes that introduces design principles
  27. 27. Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute • Apprenticeships & Internships – intensive study & practice
  28. 28. Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute• Permaculture Design Certificate course – Most common course – 2 ½ week intensive course of an internationally recognized curriculum
  29. 29. Next course: July 27- August 12, 2012Next course: July 27- August 12, 2012
  30. 30. Finger Lakes michael @ 607–527–0607