Monday, July 09, 2007
Bay Area Permaculture Convergence, 2007
What do you get when the leaders of permaculture all gather? Silly events such as the Mulch Pile Race! Two teams filled wheelbarrows with steaming wood chips and raced them up the hill. The race was too close to call (although I thought one team deserved some credit for shear style). They moved two or three cubic yards of matter in 15 minutes.
On the more serious side, there were talks and discussions and roundtables with Richard Register, Starhawk, Brock Dolman, Penny Livingston-Stark, Nik Bertoulis, Trathen Heckman, Kat Steele, Christopher Shein, Erin Fisher... and other luminaries as well, to buttonhole and share creative brain space with, such as Raines Cohen and Benjamin Fahrer. I participated in sessions about the amazing successes occuring in Latin America, from reducing infant mortality in Sao Paolo by treating blackwater with circles of banana trees to food abundance through urban farming in Cuba. I learned that a current focus is getting the tools and techniques of permaculture "popularized," out into the hands of the people who really need and want it, but scarcely know the questions to ask to escape their consumptive lifestyle.
I also discovered that my project is truly at the forefront ofthis effort and there is vast cosmic desire and energy pushing it forward. I've developed a set of strategies to bring permaculture to people who are in the middle third of the economic strata. Certainly not the only way to bring this technology to people, but definitely a way to do it so that it impacts them directly, positively, and in a way that saves them money while making money for the permie workers.