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David Lightly
Champaign, IL, United States
Climate Zone:
Cool Temperate

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Midwest Permaculture S E Minnesota Permaculture Demonstration Site
Amanda Lindahl Bill Wilson Christopher Milton Dixon Elizabeth Waage Geoff Lawton Jack Spirko Nancy Duker
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About David Lightly

I discovered permaculture while driving a residential garbage truck. Watching the largest hole in the ground I have ever seen being filled with "garbage" (literal tons of uneaten food, "scrap" lumber, and products built to break) at an alarming rate caused me to seek a solution. I began absorbing as much permaculture knowledge and understanding as I could through podcasts by Jack Spirko, Paul Wheaton and Diego Footer among others, while continuing my driving work. I finally attended my PDC in June of 2015 with Midwest Permaculture and found a new extended family in fellow permies.
I have an interest in converting conventional row-crop land to large scale permaculture based food production systems. I also have an interest in "infecting" the suburbs with permaculture by installing abundantly productive edible landscaping in cookie cutter neighborhoods.
I am available for design work in Champaign, IL and surrounding areas, as well as Peoria, IL, Southeastern MN and NE Ohio.
I believe it is important to find ways to retrofit existing structures and systems rather than simply creating new, "better" ones right next door. I also believe we have a duty as permaculturists to do what is right according to the Three Ethics first and foremost and ask "permission" from the politicians last, if at all.


My Permaculture Qualifications
Borner Community Farm PDC
Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
Verifying teacher: Bill Wilson
Other Teachers: Milton Dixon
Location: Prescott, WI
Date: Jun 2015

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