I know that I typically cover gardening tips and advice on this blog, so you’ll forgive me if I go off track today and venture into politics for a moment. Ultimately, it ties back to gardening so please stick with me until the end to understand how it’s all related.
Like many in this country, I am deeply saddened by how this election has brought out the worst of who we are as a nation. In light of the understanding that we are so divided as a country, it’s difficult to know how to move forward. Yet now, more than ever, I see the importance of permaculture and the need to teach and live by its ethics and principles.
This setback reminds me of why I became so passionate about gardening and permaculture in the first place. My main directive is not fresh food, though that is wonderful and delicious, my involvement in permaculture has always been as a response to the injustice I saw in the world, the ecological crises destroying the planet, and the anger and helplessness I felt as to what I, as an individual, could do about it.
So that’s why I wanted to share this video with you today. Last Spring, I had the opportunity to present at the Pecha Kucha event at the Ellen Theater in Bozeman. A Pecha Kucha is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds.
So please click on the video below to understand why I do what I do and how permaculture can provide a positive way forward.
For me, this election has deepened my resolve to create models for healthy communities. In addition, it has underscored the importance of building bridges and reaching out to those who may not see the world the way I do.
May we continue our resolve to care for the earth, care for people, to plant seeds, to grow food, to regenerate land, to build community and to create positive and lasting change.