The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution.” — Paul Cezanne
This quote was gleaned from the Small Farmer’s Journal’s website. It got me thinking about the way we think about permaculture and this demand for access to local healthy food. This revolution is ALREADY HERE! Its happening right now, everyday people looking for ways to improve their health, reconnecting to the earth, sticking it to the man, saving money. What ever reasons people have they are joing this revolution. Whether it is by having two chickens for the kids or by growing the salad greens on the balcony. This is a beautiful thing. In a world dominated by technology and the rat race of our live: growing a plant is becoming our escape. And it will be our saving grace. The average farmer in the last census was 55 years old! http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2002/Other_Analysis/ This means that in less than 30 years a large portion of our food growers in this country will be gone. Our movement in to produce local goods and some of our own food means that this does not have to be a disaster. We can support ourselves. Now I’m not saying that everyone can go out and become a farmer or would have any interest. (they should…but thats my soapbox) But if we start with those greens on the balcony we can move forward to larger scale projects. In my mind the biggest part of this revolution, is the community. Sunset magazine just did an article on the one block party. Neighbors banded togther to grow everything they would eat at a neighborhood block party. These weren’t intentional communities, they were once the competition was over. Ths my point -There is so many opportunities out there to be a part of this. Talk to your family and friends; check in see what people are doing and you might come up with something brilliant togther
If you would like to become Permaculture design certified check out our class. the flyer is two or three post down from here. We need more people to become teachers in this revolution!