Nina and I arrived in Barcelona off the back of a 15 hour bus trip from Granada. It was midnight on Friday. The two Jess’s who we’d been wwoofing with at Kate’s Finca told us about some friends who ran an unofficial youth hostel in Barri Gotic, the cool central part of the city. We didn’t have an address other than George Orwell Square but we had to try our luck as there were no other options at that time of night. After an hour of asking about a helpful fellow took us to the place. We said we were friends of Jess and the guy let us in, showed us to a bunk and said “anything for friends of Jess” It had been a long long day and we were glad of a bed. Within a few hours it seemed quite unlikely that we were in the right place, Jess and Jess liked a bit of peace and quite and there was none here!
What Bill says…"Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. Without permanent agriculture their is no possibility of a stable social order". - Bill Mollison
Another definition…"Permaculture is the harmonious integration of all life kingdoms into agriculturally productive ecosystems and socially just environments producing sound economic outcomes through systems management. It is a regenerative design science reflecting patterns in nature that seeks to build interconnections allowing for energy efficiency and abundance of yield" treeyopermaculture.com
Robert Hart was doing it…“The only basic and comprehensive answer to the colossal harm that our present industrial system is causing to the global environment – harm that could lead to the extermination of all life on earth – is to replace it with a sustainable system – geared largely to the non-polluting, life-enhancing products of the living world” Robert A de J Hart ‘Forest Gardening’
What my teacher says…"To do the most good for the greatest number of beings for the longest time possible with the least effort" Richard Perkins
- "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." - Albert Einstein