THE PROBLEM IS THE SOLUTION!!!
And I was a History teacher...
Or at least I passed the test to be credentialed as one while I was serving as an English teacher in Madera County, California. HOW WAS HISTORY BEING REWRITTEN FOR ME?!?!?!
Did you know that the desertification of North Africa was caused by agriculture? Did you know that Rome couldn't support itself because it had lost all its soils? Did you know that Plato, Aristotle, Jefferson, and Washington all were concerned over the same thing? SOIL - the erosion and loss of the fertile topsoil layer was seen as directly linked to civilizations rise and fall throughout time but no today in our textbooks, but that may soon change because of the work of David R. Montgomery and his wife Anne Biklé - both scientists but one focused on geomorphology and the other biology. I spoke with Prof Montgomery last week about this incredible rewriting of history as well as what can be done & we even dive into debunking some popular myths!! DON'T MISS THIS EPISODE!!!
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PS: We have found our next location and prepping for our move. Thank you all for your support & networking!! It was through community and communication that this series of miracles happened!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! Get ready for an all-new location & series of videos starting in May!!
PPS: My wife and boys are doing better too: we are in a safer location & all healing faster :) :) :) She's going to beat this cancer like she has all the others!!!! If you'd like to support us on our journey of healing and relocating, we need it! And we would appreciate it immensely, we have a GoFundMe for that purpose here. <3 & thanks! -MP
The 6 Keys to Time-Wise Gardening
Don’t have time to garden?
- 9-5 Job + Family + Staying Fit?
- Can’t be Consistent: Things always come up?
- Don’t want to spend all that time only to see it all go to waste?
For nearly a decade, I managed 2 acres primarily with a knife - it's all about design, prep, & management that supports your goals! I was balancing it all too: my wife fighting cancer, my full time job, homeschooling my boys, & the kitchen's endless cycles. I managed to do it, and you can too!
The 6 Keys to Time-Wise Gardening
Weed with a Knife or Scythe
Throw Sow Planting between Perennials
Soil Prep: Winter cover crop & Compost: A Stitch in Time Saves 9
Calendar Approximate Harvest Times
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Choose to Regenerate - Don’t Wait!
Today is the day we choose. Today.
What kind of world do we want to live in? What kind of person do I want to be? What will it actually look like? How will I feel? Who will I be? How will I make money? How will our institutions adapt? These questions are at the heart of the transition we currently find ourselves in.
Some of us feel trapped like we are on a dead end street or that we are sinking - I know that feeling. I lived there most of my life. I grew up there. Only when I disregarded everything put on me did I free myself. Only when I did the thing that everyone said was impossible did my life change and the world changed around me. This is the only path to change - you have to have faith that change is possible. Once you begin, it begins.
Take today: Seize it.
Make this the day you start that compost heap, open your business, plant those trees, inoculate that substrate, have that talk, surprise your wife, slow down and listen to your kids, or go on that walk you always mean to go on. Meditate. Make big plans. Eat Healthier. Make Bold Promises to yourself & others. Write the steps out, and find the path to that grand vision. There’s always a path.
Don’t have money?
Gather wild seeds. Buy cheap seeds and grow them out to seed organically: make those seeds your organic adaptations. Eat em the next year. Building a garden only takes a shovel and commitment. All the rest is variable. You can get free trees, seeds, free animals, fencing, you name it - as long as you’re part of your community and giving what you can - even if it’s a kind word or an patient ear or a helping hand, if you give, you will get.
Want to start a business?
Scale up your life, your garden, your mind, your heart. Go BIG and you’ll find that extra cash, that abundance to sell, that network, that mentor and those customers. They will flock to your abundance like bees to a field of wildflowers, but you have to plant those seeds today to harvest that yield. You have to read that book today to implement its insights tomorrow. You have to start your plan today to start on it at all.
We’ve never had this kind of access to people, to the market, to resources, and information - it is our moment NOW to make bold changes to our culture, environment, and ourselves before its too late. We must transform and in doing so alter the world we live in holistically to be something unrecognizable. As profound as the internet has changed our world, we will have to change it again to partner with nature to survive this climate instability we are only just now entering. We can create areas of stability and regularity, but it will only come out of what we do now, today, while we still have these powerful windows of opportunity. Our moment is Now and if you are listening to this, you know what you can do to help. If you hear my voice, then you are someone who is aware of something that can be done and you’ve yet to do it. No matter what you’ve already done, you already know something more that can be done. That means you are gifted with a vision that can change the world, maybe it’s just your corner of the world, but it’s still needed. That dream is needed, and the seeds must be planted in fertile soil of the present - today.
So I ask you to ask yourself. To Choose.
Who do you want to be? Your best self? What do you want to do with your life? What’s your permaculture vision? Your regenerative dream business? Go out and make it happen. It won’t happen overnight. It will take planning. Adaptation. Setbacks. Hardwork. Teamwork. Reflection. But start Today. The Miracle of Life we call Nature is always waiting. It’s a promise of abundance in every hill and valley, in every person and community on earth. There is a potential for greatness, for change, for syntropy, and you already feel it. Grab hold of that feeling - pull it into you. Use it as fuel to get you to your destination. Your heart and mind are your engine and compass; listen to them carefully - you can make it real. You can make those changes. You can become that person. If you can see it, you can be it, so Seize it with Joy, with Determination, and do it today.
I’m Matt Powers. Grow Abundantly, Learn Daily, & Live Regeneratively.
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I thought I was a mycophile before the course...
Now, I'm so committed to making mycology a mainstay in our daily lives that my son James and I are setting apart time each week to work and plan out our mushroom farm together. James has just turned 11 but he joined us for the adventure, and it was incredible. He's completely committed to growing and studying mycology as the focus of his homeschooling now! I'm excited to see where it leads.
Peter teaches James the Mycelium Fist Bump
Some take aways from Peter McCoy's incredible course:
1. It's important to get your information (and mushroom strains) from trustworthy folks - there's a lot of sleight of hand out there that Peter does an amazing job of teaching past, so you can see through those types of things more easily.
2. The future is fungal and beyond our conception. We have no idea what fungi are actually doing - they are doing it so fast and on such a micro and macro level at the same time that it's impossible for us to track in situ.
3. We can make superior medicine and food to anything found in the stores for pennies at home especially with liquid culture mycelium methods using the airport lid (thank you Hippie3).
4. Anyone can learn to partner with fungi. My young son's enthusiasm and interest carried him through the drier portions of the course with ease.
5. Fungi is the missing link in all our understanding throughout history - they are the architects, chemists and artists of our very world and reality. They are in us and in everything else all around us even in each breath we take. They are our ancestors and yet entirely alien and ancient as well.
6. Peter McCoy is an amazing teacher that everyone should seek out to learn from. His book Radical Mycology is one of the top 3 best books I've ever read - it's changed my life and how I see the world entirely. You can buy it HERE.
I hope you incorporate fungi into your life for better health of yourself, your family, and your environment.
Grow Abundantly, Learn Daily, & Live Regeneratively,
Learn more about Mycology with Peter McCoy on his site: https://radicalmycology.com
Be sure to join us in the spring in our advanced course with Peter as our mycology instructor as well! You can sign up early at a discount here: http://www.thepermaculturestudent.com/course-signup/the-advanced-permaculture-student-online
If you've been watching my videos over the past few years, you may have noticed some videos of addressing wildfires. Now that folks are starting to pay attention, I thought I'd go back and collect them all in one place. These videos showcase what's going on, why, and what can be done. We must act in concert and quickly if we are to save the forest systems we have. - Matt
How are we going to restore the biodiversity, rebuild the soil, regrow the forests, sequester the carbon, clean up the pollution, clean the oceans, and rewild our world?
This question has been on my mind for years - it can't just be isolated individual changes as we have seen so far. It has to become the new normal. It has to become part of our core culture: part of education (that which creates the foundation for our culture) and part of our economy (that which reinforces and builds our culture). Education is the key - I've been working on this for years, and now this is the moment we make the bridge from K-12 to professional. It's time to take that LEAP of Faith in Humanity & Nature, so we can make regeneration a way of life and so we can regenerate our degrading world.
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It's our story.
This is why we only eat organic or better in our family.
It's also why we plant gardens everywhere we go.
Are you searching for answers? Are you looking for healthy foods? Often the only answers and truly healthy foods we can find are in our gardens. I hope that you find a local farmer that is beyond organic or start growing it yourself.
I'm running a new course to try to make this a normal part of life, so we can stop the cancer epidemic which is only caused by: deficiency and toxicity. Both of which can be addressed largely with good food.
Thank you for reading,
PS: The Kickstarter is still going - we are 50% through the campaign & 50% Funded!!! Help us reach our goal & help the world and our culture to find a regenerative path. Click Here to learn more: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mattpowers/the-advanced-permaculture-student-online
YOU CAN GARDEN WITHOUT FENCES - they can be really expensive and inconvenient when plans change. They might also attract wildlife. Hide your food with plants - create living fences! Use native cousins that are edible on your edges, use polycultures, use contour, and use inedible edges just past your edible edges (which are semi-interesting but edible) - this created a living fence. Anyone can do this with their own areas polycultures.
Grow with the Wildlife!!
Are you Dreaming of Regeneration too?
I've been dreaming of a rich and abundant world that doesn't exist, of stable and prosperous cultures that don't exist, of rich, diverse forests and oceans that don't exist... yet. I've been dreaming of you, our communities, our friends and families, and even our governments and schools all working with nature to create an entirely new world. Today we are taking a huge step towards making that world a reality.
Working with an Amazing Team of Teachers from across the spectrum of applied-permaculture, I'm so honored and excited to announce the Kickstarter Launch for The Advanced Permaculture Student Online - the first regenerative trade school!
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Thank you for helping spread the regeneration of our world and cultures,
- Matt Powers
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Have you ever wondered how some people who wrk full time right alongside you have epic gardens with yields all summer long?
How do they do that? They make it look effortless. Meanwhile you’re struggling to get things watered, to amend the soil, to prune, to harvest, to chop and drop, and it kind of steals the fun from you?
I was there! A lady up the hill grew 10,000 lbs of tomatoes on a 1/4 of an acre! What was she doing!? I actually have a video of what she was doing on my Facebook page and Youtube - I’ll link to it in the description - she was irrigating her gardens and orchards with her duck pond water - with duck manure! It fed those tomatoes superbly! I didn’t have the money, ducks, permission, or really mechanical know how to pull her system off on my land. Plus it was so dry where we were the debate over water was always always an issue. Perpetually pouring new water into a pond didn’t make sense for us. How could I get from point A to point B with no real money!
Well I figured it out and did it while still a public school teacher struggling to make ends meet - I scaled up to a full 2 acre garden managed with nothing but a knife, a shovel, manure, animals, straw, pallets, some fencing (in the early stages before I stopped using them), and animal feed - it took a progression, one you can see on Powers Permaculture Family Farm on Facebook if you’d like to go back in time and see my trial and error! It took some tinkering and some places are more stubborn than others but I changed our barren decomposed granite into rich deep dark chocolate colored loam in only a few seasons and in some places within a season (due to placement in the landscape.)
The Key is to Partner with nature & its cycles:
Small Animals - soil prep, manure, landscape prep, weed removal, old bedding for composting & mulch
- Goats - whethers are usually sold cheap - these are fixed males, so they aren’t as aggressive and don't have that distinct stink! Goats can clear land for your chickens to get in there and finish what they started - you can follow, thin further if need be, and plant after them.
- Chickens - roosters are sometimes free if you have friends hatching their own chickens. While they may not lay any eggs, they are hard workers and can till, scratch, shred, manure, and work the chicken tractor as well as any chicken. I find they do not fight without ladies around and the ceiling is too low for them to that classic jump spur pounce they love do as their opening move.
- Rabbits - get two of the opposite and you’ll have plenty and they’ll provide amazing manure - like MAGIC MANURE - and they perform well as lawn mowers in a tractor but need the bottom fenced in for sure otherwise they’ll travel onward.
- Ducks - like chickens but different - they do well in humid wet conditions whereas chickens do better on the drier side - though there’s overlap for sure and you can make things work, this is a general rule of thumb that works well. Duck tractors in Hawaii work extremely well for instance but would be harder to use in Tucson AZ.
- Use Natives: chop & drop, compost, hardy edges, & hardy tree guilds
- Seed Saving - Save Money & Get TONS of Seed
- Mulch Plants (fertilizer/OM)
- Legumes/Nitrogen Fixers (fertilizer)
- Willow (rooting hormone)
- Aloe, Lemon Balm, etc. (medicine replacement)
Partnering with the Soil Food Web
- Fungi, Bacteria, pH & Nitrogen Cycle
- Compost, Compost Tea, & Compost Extract
- Mulch & Organic Matter (listen to Simple Soil Solutions)
- Inoculating with Mycorrhizal Fungi: AMF temporary but so significant, 1 of many players (trees & plants)
- Nitrogen fixing bacteria - inoculate your soil once with legumes & rhizobia bacteria (there’s other forms of Nfixing bacteria too that’s non-nodulating like azotobacter bacteria).
- Growing Mushrooms: shiitakes on small manageable sized logs
- King Stropharia Paths
- Using the birds to catch pests with attractant/distraction plants
- Beneficial Insects: “Predator insects, with such fantastic names as minute pirate bug, assassin bug, soldier beetle, mealybug destroyer, and damsel bug, can be attracted to the garden. There are many others with less fantastic names as well: earwig, green lacewing, wasps, some flies, ladybugs, praying mantises, and more. These bugs are primarily attracted to plants in the Apiaceae family (carrot, fennel, parsley, celery, cilantro, etc.) and the Asteraceae family (sunflowers, daisies, lettuce, artichokes, calendula, dandelion, dahlias, yarrow, zinnias, etc.) Planting a diversity of plants and letting them go to seed is important for pollinators and all the cycles they support and that support them.” - The Permaculture Student 2
- Zone Planning - How many steps to each activity? Design so the things that need the most attention are closest to home.
- Earthworks - Water harvesting, water diverting, shade, windbreak, sound barrier, & more. Earthworks perform many functions, and can save you money, time, and effort if you put in the effort initially - I was able to install 2 acres of swales by myself over the course of 2 years (except there was one class where we installed the longest swale on the property, a shallow one on the lowest side of the hill), but it is possible for you to do it all DIY.
- Multiple layered canopies - this creates the shade and moisture holding capacity I needed in the central valley, and every food forest needs in general.
- Take a Course - there are many permaculture introductions offered free online as well as locally almost everywhere in the world with new advanced courses just starting to appear on the scene - we will be running a Kickstarter for our team’s advanced course in Sept.
- Read a Book - Permaculture, Holistic Management, Food Forestry, Agroforestry, Silviculture, or Agroecology - lots to choose from but I alway recommend going with the best to save you time and money. For the fastest way to understand and put into action the PDC information that everyone is paying 500-1000 for is The Permaculture Student 1 which is written at an 8th grade reading level so you can get all the high level concepts down pat in an afternoon or two of reading, and start building your homestead the way you want immediately.
- Visit a Local doing it Right - every region no matter their label or system or practice has someone doing something right that you can learn from - you might have to do some digging to find them but it will be worth it.
I read everything I could, tested everything I read, watched all the Youtube videos I could, talked to anyone that would answer, finally took Geoff Lawton’s Online PDC, and everything took off from there to entirely new levels. The information isn’t rocket-science either! It’s stuff we should all be learning in elementary and middle school but we never had a chance - that’s why I make books at lower reading levels with what we call today ‘graduate school level information’ but someday we’ll call common sense.
I’m Matt Powers: grow abundantly, learn daily, and live regeneratively.
Have you ever wished there was a professional career path for Permaculture, not just gardening or farming, but as in all regenerative work?
Me too! As a high school teacher who’s job it was to prepare young adults for their careers, I was always searching for better options for my students. When I took my Geoff Lawton Online PDC in 2014 I realized that there was nothing designed for K-12 - I was appalled!
How’s anyone supposed to make a living at this?
How were we supposed to change the world with this incredible, amazing, life-changing information if we couldn’t turn it into livelihoods, so I wrote and Kickstarted The Permaculture Student 1 for middle schoolers and then The Permaculture Student 2 for high school and college students to show the world what is really possible today with permaculture. It also updated and expanded what most people knew to be Permaculture - it goes beyond gardening and food forestry and includes alternative energy, mycology, holistic management, Keyline design, and much much more. It’s the only peer-reviewed, edited and approved Permaculture textbook currently available - it took over 20 experts and two years of study and 1:1 work with them to make this possible. These experts have greened deserts, holistically managed giant herds, grown tons of soil per acre per year, made professional-level mycology accessible to the home cultivator or start up mushroom farm, trained professional landscapers in permaculture, redefined soil science and composting as we know it, started their own and fostered the develop of several meaderies, converted organic orchards to permaculture, discovered that mealworms eat styrofoam before Stanford published on it, started one of the largest permaculture farms in America, and more! These are people you know and love: Dr. Elaine Ingham of the Soil Food Web, Peter McCoy of Radical Mycology, Neal Spackman of the Al Baydha Project, Erik Ohlsen of the Permaculture Skills Center, Stefan Sobkowiak of The Permaculture Orchard, Joel Salatin of Polyface farms, Troy Martz of OffGridPro, Grant Schultz of Versaland, & more. These books are being used in schools, orphanages, permaculture programs, and humanitarian aid in diverse locations on all continents but Antartica. They’ve been translated into Spanish, Polish, French, Italian, Portuguese and Arabic, and I’ve built online courses around the books with hundreds of students and dozens of school districts, but none of the courses are as advanced as The Permaculture Student 2 because it was created with this amazing team. The future of education is online and video-based. Schools and Colleges want videos, textbooks, workbooks, and an instructor’s guide, so that’s why this September with an amazing expanded team, we are running a crowdfunding campaign via Kickstarter for the Advanced Permaculture Student Online - an Adv PDC program that will show you all the possibilities for permaculture inside and outside the garden - in Permatecture, Alternative Energy, Fungi, Urban Permaculture, Aquaculture, Ocean Permaculture, Invisible Structures: Commerce, Community, & Governance. Learn how to use natural patterns in all aspects of your life - see how you can make it a career by learning from those who are making money doing it right now. Get your Advanced Certification. Learn where you fit in the Permaculture Spectrum of Regenerative Solutions - Natural farming? Biointensive? Alternative transportation? Wetland rewilding? Herbal Medicine? There’s no box to contain you, only places for you pursue your passion and help the future of all biodiversity at the same time.
The Advanced Permaculture Student Online is a Collection of Regenerative Solutions & Career Paths for high achieving high schoolers, college students, and adults looking to quit their jobs and start on something meaningful that helps the environment, is profitable, proven, and helps their community.
This is the ONLY Advanced Permaculture Certification course based on a current, up-to-date advanced textbook and taught by experienced professionals from diverse regenerative career paths.
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so STAY TUNED, Subscribe to our Mailing List - it’s ONLY available through our Kickstarter Campaign which will start Sept 4th, so make sure you are on our mailing list, LIKE our facebook, subscribe to our youtube, or wherever you are in the world find me and join us in ushering in the next step in permaculture education: The Advanced Permaculture Student Online.
When you disrupt the water cycle, you change a climate locally.
When you remove the forests, you change a climate locally.
When the topsoils are eroded away, you change the local climate.
The annual ranges and patterns for ambient temperatures, precipitation, and soil temperatures as well as plant communities define what we call “climate” - we’ve been changing factors that control and affect those key climatic features in all parts of the world at an accelerated rate in recent decades and even centuries, but it is a 10-12,000 year old problem that began with agriculture. The simple act of tilling soil destroys soil structure and releases carbon.
History has a long record of humans exhausting the soils of the lowlands then climbing the hills to deforest them and then plow their soils until they ran down into the lowlands - whereupon we’d return to the lowlands and then sometime later after we’d exhausted that return to the hills to remove the newly grown forest. This pattern sped up natural erosion, led to wars, famine, and collapse of many civilizations. We can return sequester the carbon we’ve let loose, and we can do that by bringing back the components of the original natural cycles: the forests, the soils, and the biodiversity.
Climate change while not trivial in the slightest is very reversible - we just have to move quickly and change our patterns. An abundant future awaits!
Download the Audio for this Episode here: https://soundcloud.com/abundantfuture/episode-67-advanced-seed-saving-with-matt-powers
How do we get pest and disease resistance, vigor, earliness, drought tolerance, and high germination rates?
It comes down to how you interact with your seeds and plants, so let me save you some time, effort, and maybe even some money.
and it’s not just my soils or any amendments, my seeds have been proven to out perform most other commercial seeds in a diversity of climates, soils, and gardens, so it’s not my soil - it’s the seed.
First how I’m saving seed is vital:
- Select seed from the Best Plants in the Worst Soils or Conditions - Resilience, Drought Tolerance, & Wind Tolerance - usually high germ rate
- Select seed from the earliest plants and save them separately from all the other seed you harvest - this can maintain the earliness and increase it! This is how we have super short day corn varieties like Painted Mountain Corn.
- To find disease or pest resistance, first you grow a large amount of that plant type and then let the disease or pest attack your crops and see if you have any plants that survive it or are tolerant or resistance to it. Those are the ones to save seed from.
- I also am a rough and messy seed saver: I save seed by hand and tons of seed gets blown out with the duff. Only the heaviest seed remains: the densest, largest seeds. This makes for the most nutrient dense and mature seeds only.
Pest and Disease resistance also starts with healthy soil so if you have healthy soils you can avoid a lot of those problems.
Advanced Seed Saving is the path to seeds like you’ve never seen! Plants beyond your dreams!
Partnering with nature is Seed Saving - We can do it, and I believe that we can be Nature’s hands and partner with the locusts, bees, and butterflies, and pollinate our plants by design and even sometimes by hand, and before you know it, you’ll have a fridge full of seeds, but if you need some amazing seeds to start with, you can certainly visit my store at ThepermacultureStudent.com/seeds or Tune in for our seed, book, and course giveaways and LIVE Q&A on Facebook wednesdays at 4pm. I’ll see you there, until then:
I’m Matt Powers. Grow Abundantly, Learn Daily, & Live Regeneratively!
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Weeds: the plants no one wants. They have names too though we may not know it. They are also telling us stories if we pay attention close enough. Dandelions try to break up compaction - they drill deep into the soil: that's why they are hard to pull out. Bermuda grass holds together loose soil, so when you rototilled it so it was "perfect", it was perfect for that weed to come and help hold together that loosened soil. After fire, phosphorous is burned out of the topsoil and that's why we see a special set of plants arrive after fire: they're returning the phosphorous and generating the mulch that will recalibrate the soil. Each plant in addition to physically interacting with the soil is also creating a unique response to the soil's and soil life's succession. Every plant accumulates a spectrum of nutrients that remain when that plant breaks down to soil - it does range depending on the soil and conditions, but those are ranges within an established spectrum or unique circumstances like toxins being taken up by plants. Rice for instance is an aquatic filter as are all aquatic plants to a degree, so the unsafe arsenic levels we are finding are simply the plant trying to clean the water and/or soil. It may be the case that years of using arsenic-laden pesticides have imbued the soil with arsenic loads even in now established organic paddies.
Listen to your weeds: they are trying to tell you about your soil conditions and what needs to happen to improve them. You can pre-empt your weeds, chop & drop them before they set seed so you return the nutrients to the soil, and then plant something more vigorous and desirable that does the same function in their wake. If your weeds are thistles, plant artichokes or cardoon! If your weeds are dandelions, plant daikon radish! If you have bermuda grass, plant white clover and smother it: you can plant directly in clover or chop and drop it to the nubs and then throw sow plant in it. I've done it following Masanobu Fukuoka's example: it works. It's a really easy and fast pathway to healing a landscape. Listen to your plants, your birds, your soil! They are all trying to tell you something if you just give them the time and attention.
Have you ever thought about the magnitude of the Climate Change problem? How many people there are now? How little there is left of pristine nature? Has it ever just eaten up your hope?
It’ll ruin your day - it could ruin a week, a month, your everyday - your island might be washing away, BUT the power, rapidity of regeneration, and awe inspiring capabilities of nature will always inspire those of us willing to observe.
Learn to live a life of Hope & Regeneration with The Permaculture Student 2:
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Have you ever wished we could easily recycle styrofoam?
Have you ever wondered if there's more than red wigglers to the vermicomposting picture?
Join us in a conversation with Hawaii's Eddy Garcia talking about turning surfboards into vegetables, solving pollution, and learning from Mother Nature.
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Permaculture. Holistic Management. Natural Farming. Biointensive Farming. Agroforestry. Agroecology. Biomimicry. Organic. Biodynamic. Regenerative. Syntropic.
What is the deal with the name game?
We often give names to things to create ownership in business to protect ourselves and differentiate ourselves from others in the market, but in all reality there's more to the picture: synchronicity in nature and in invention has occurred throughout time and history. We are all arriving at this same conclusion because our surroundings imply the same solution: we must work with nature. All these labels are simply synonyms for the same general idea. Names can help us if the unify or hurt us if they divide, and as always: actions speak louder than words. If we are all acting regeneratively, the names we use doesn't matter.
The 5 Steps to an Abundant Future
I came up with the 5 steps to focus on actions over labels within the regenerative community but only after spending several years reading books by other people in this space and boiling down their teaching into my book. We are all in essence just trying to guarantee an abundant future for all life which means we need an abundant and vibrant natural world that has people systems patterning with it ethically and regeneratively.