Ernest Rando 's Profile
- Joined: 17/02/2012
- Last Updated: 04/08/2012
- Location: Fredericktown, Ohio, United States
- Climate Zone: Cool Temperate
- Gender: Male
- Web site: https://plus.google.com/+ErnestRando/about
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My Permaculture Qualifications
- Permaculture Design Certification - Food Production
- Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
- Teacher: Bill Wilson
- Location: Midwest Permaculture
- Date: Jan 2012
- Teacher Training
- Type: Teacher Training
- Verifying teacher: Bill Wilson
- Other Teachers: Becky Wilson
- Location: Stelle, Illinois
- Date: Sep 2012
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Climate ZonesErnest Rando has permaculture experience in:
- Cool Temperate
About Ernest Rando
I have a degree in Organizational Leadership from Purdue University with quite a bit of life experience in the restaurant and web development businesses. I am also a watershed volunteer every where I go with a deep passion for the Great Lakes Basin and traveling. I consider myself to be a pretty good educator and I love to find different ways of looking at things or no-things!
I work in and with my community to grow food for the local food system, teach people about Aquaponics and Permaculture, and help others Transition into a Post Carbon world.
Three things help me each day: putting my fingers into the soil, learning how to seed, cultivate, harvest, & preserve food with friends, and the practice of The Gift Economy.
My journey started many years ago with a passion for the natural environment and teaching children Inquiry Based Science in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Six years ago began my journey to find local food. Due to the lack of access to healthy local food my journey led me to an aquaponic greenhouse in Gary Indiana. While researching aquaponics I found Permaculture Design or rather it found me. I was lucky enough to be able to find and attend a PDC course in Stelle, Illinois that changed my life.
The first 30 years of my life my adult mentors, teachers, and advisors thought my passion for the environment was cute but not practical. Like most folks the dominant cultural patterns and fetishes of selfishness, competition, and money caused conflicts within my heart. Not knowing how to deal with these corrupting forces and not knowing how to genuinely make a positive difference in the world and my community led to many problems in my life.
It was not until I found permaculture that I understood that the patterns and fetishes that I was raised with were false and destructive. It was not until I learned how to build soil, how nature works in cooperation, and how to create and rely on resources and relationships instead of money that most of my lifelong burdens were lifted. Since I began working with nature, instead of against it, I have learned how to observe, be sensitive to others, and most importantly I have learned that I am a creator and so is everyone else. What makes me most happy is helping others to design and create the resources that they need to provide for their families, neighbors, and communities. When I help a community become more resilient my life becomes more secure. When I help my neighbors grow food, my health is improved. When I work in cooperation with others, I feel a sense of belonging.