Nature isn’t natural… or, at least, the way that we currently think about it isn’t. As a society, I believe that we’ve got it all wrong and that we create a lot of problems, as a result. I might even go so far as to say that the closer we can align our guiding principals with the way that the world works, the better off we (and nature) will be. Continue reading
Here’s a permaculture Pecha Kucha (Japanese for ‘chit-chat’) talk that I did in September of 2010 in Edmonton. The talk contains twenty slides at twenty-seconds a piece (so it’s fast paced) during which I argue that resiliency is a measure of connectedness and draw on examples from building the courtyard food forest at Jasper Place High School.
The three sisters planting of corn, beans, and squash, was common among indigenous North and South Americans and is commonly used by permaculture designers to demonstrate how connection create resiliency within systems. Individually, each species possess a unique set of needs and yields (niche) and, with care, can be grown very successfully on their own. When planted together, however, something more interesting happens Continue reading
It’s About Connections
The technique of Needs and Yields Analysis stems from the permaculture idea that, in nature, everything is connected and that the end of each process (yield) is the beginning of another (need). In this way, we can see work as unmet needs and that problems are unused yields; by connecting elements in a design, we believe, that it is possible to eliminate and or minimize work and problems. Continue reading