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Posted by Chief Phillip 'Cloudpiler' Landis over 13 years ago

The difference between Permaculture as gardening techniques and Permaculture as a Design for the Future of Community.

Many of the people I have corresponded with on the Permiculture Forums here in the United States really think of Permaculture as a collection of "techniques" they hope to be able to try out and use on their places.  This is unfortunate.  Permaculture is more than sound bite techniques.  This is why I feel very deeply the importance of the PDC, and it is why I feel that we can design and plan a PermaVillage Model that will be of any use to the Nemenhah Band, as well as our neighbors locally.  Without the PDC training, I would never have been able to think of the honest Earth Healing that lies at the heart and soul of Permaculture. 

Seeing Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share as elements of landscape - peoplescape design is one of the ways in which the Nemenhah Model PermaVillage hopes to benefit our planet.  Because we look at this as design instead of technique, and because we are now able to stack functions not only in space but also in time, we can anticipate how each of our projects, large or small, really can fit into a sustainable community.  Squarefoot Gardening or Companion Gardenting are great ideas in and of themselves, surely, but how they contribute to a sustainable village life does not come into view until, as elements of the overall design, they are integrated and entangled with all the other elements that make up sustainability.

Seen from this perspective, the various elements of our Model can be understood in the context of a livelihood for one or more of the participants in the overall sustainable plan, or all of them.  If an element of the design requires the attention of a human being, it understands stewardship.  The elements provide for sustainable life ways, therefore, the participants gain a sustainable lifelihood from their participation.  We observe these elements in our plan already providing livelihood:

Vegetable Production

Fruit Production

Medicine Production

Seedling and Seed Production and Distribution

Fish Production

Sustainable Buildings


Pollard Willows and Bamboo Crafts

Pottery Craft

Website Presence and Management

Sustainable Energy Operations

Sustainable Building Materials Development and Manufacture

Communications and Public Relations

Legal Operations

Each of these elements already in place, or in process, will provide a meaningful occupation for one or more persons when they are applied to the PermaVillage Model.  For each of these "occupations" two or more support occupations will eventually need to be created.  It does not take long to begin to envision a working system involving many people as a unified whole.  As a set of techniques, it is difficult to see how such synergy can be effectively established.



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Chief Phillip 'Cloudpiler' Landis
Chief Phillip 'Cloudpiler' Landis : When I began learning about Permaculture, it was as a gardener and a homesteader with interests in more sustainable practices. I think the best benefit I obtained from taking a PDC Course was that I am now able to design the kind of community I would like to live in. The design process that I used to begin the creation of a small farm capable of providing abundance for my family and I, has led us to the realization that, while we are beginning with projects designed for the homestead, a very real community is forming.

We lament that the Land Grant Colleges transformed North America into the world's greatest exporter of soil and water in the world, and we despair over the fact that the transformation only took a generation, really. How many of us realize that we can transform it all back to sustainability in that amount of time, using the same tactics and strategies - education? It had not occurred to me, I must admit, until I began designing my environment the Permaculture way.
Posted over 13 years ago

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