It seemed fitting that the first post on 100 Acre Dreams should be from Bill Mollison, the man who coined the term.
The greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale and in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone. Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter.
Philosopher-gardeners, or farmer-poets, are distinguished by their sense of wonder and real feeling for the environment. When religions cease to obliterate trees in order to build temples or human artefacts, and instead generalize love and respect to all living systems as a witness to the potential of creation, they too will join the many of us now deeply appreciating the complexity and self-sustaining properties of natural systems, from whole universes to simple molecules. Gardener, scientist, philosopher, poet, and adherent of religions all can conspire in admiration of, and reverence for, this earth. We create our own life conditions, now and for the future.
from Permaculture: A Designers Manual by Bill Mollison
I can’t save the world on my own. It’ll take at least three of us.
– bill mollison
The tragic reality is that very few sustainable systems are designed or applied by those who hold power, and the reason for this is obvious and simple: to let people arrange their own food, energy and shelter is to lose economic and political control over them. We should cease to look to power structures, hierarchical systems, or governments to help us, and devise ways to help ourselves.
Bill Mollison (via fuckyeahpermaculture)
I have a new hero.
Do you want to know the difference between permaculture and prepping? Prepping is about walling yourself off in New Zealand with a Paypal billionaire, a lot of guns and an underground bunker filled with long-life food. It is the very definition of selfish. Permaculture doesn’t work at all unless it is locally engaged. It is the opposite response to the same problem.
An herb spiral. This is one of the trademark strategies of permaculture. The spiral’s tiers shelter the shade-loving herbs one side, and the sun-loving herbs are kissed by the sun on the other side. Meanwhile all the herbs are companions to each other, facilitating the growth and soil health of the group.
Note: This photo is by John Faires for the book The Ultimate Guide to Permaculture.