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.
To that end, I invite you to come to Broken Ground this Tuesday, November 15th at 7pm for a Permaculture Potluck to discuss where we go from here. I'll make a pot of venison chili as comfort food so bring a dish to share and your ideas of how to move forward. And if you just want to come to eat good food and be in good company, that's great and important too! Please click here for more info or RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And if you can’t make it, please send your ideas to me via email as to what you think should happen next. And if you disagree with what I’ve said, then I want to hear from you even more, to understand the ways in which we can find common ground and create a more just and equitable world.
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.
The herb spiral is the quintessential example of an element that embodies permaculture principles. Mimicking the spiral pattern that we see in nature, this space-saving garden bed creates different microclimates, allows you to grow several different herbs in a convenient 5 foot diameter area and is a beautiful addition to any garden.
However, when you look at a lot of the literature out there or the images of herb spirals, you often see mint included as a possible herb you might want to plant. Don't fall for it, as I did! Adding mint to your herb spiral will turn it into a mint spiral. I now strongly recommend against this practice in my workshops. It's best to grow mint in a pot or in an area of your yard where it's okay for it to get out of control.
Check out the video below to learn how I turn this problem into a solution!