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  • Permaculture and PovertyFrom Poverty to

    Permaculture

    Rich Thwaits

    Permaculture Design Consultant

    Mosinee, WI 54455

    Richthwaits333@aim.com

  • Introductions

     My Background

     My Discovery of Permaculture

     My Presentation Style – Dialogic

     My Goal – To build a lifestyle that repairs

    the earth, nurtures my soul, and supports

    others.

  • Introductions Continued

    What’s your connection to

    poverty?

    When do/did you feel the most

    fully human?

  • Where We’re Going

    Components of Poverty

    What is Permaculture?

    Our Evolutionary Foundations

    A Homesteading Proposal

    Initiating Change

  • Payne’s Definition of Poverty

    Poverty is the extent to

    which an individual does

    without resources.

  • What Resources are Important?

    Financial

    Emotional

    Mental Ability

    Spiritual

    Physical

  • What Resources are Important?

     Support Systems

     Positive Relationships/Role Models

     Special Knowledge

     Hidden Rules

     Permaculture

  • What is Permaculture?

    Permaculture is a system of design that focuses on how food, energy, housing, and water can tie together for maximum efficiency, with minimum work, to meet the needs of people.

  • Permaculture  Permaculture “ties together” strategies that come from

    throughout our past and present and from every corner

    of the earth.

     What makes it “Permaculture” is the intentional plan of

    where and how these strategies work and meld

    together.

     The inspiration and guide for a permaculture plan

    comes from observing nature’s patterns from the

    simple to the complex.

  • The Forces of Nature

     Permaculture mimics nature. We learn about

    permaculture by watching and observing

    nature. Permaculture works with the forces on

    nature, not against.

     What about Human Nature? This plan works

    with the forces of human nature, not against.

  • What Does Permaculture

    Look Like?

     Ron Finley- Guerilla Gardener

     https://youtu.be/EzZzZ_qpZ4w

     Growing Power – A Model for Urban

    Agriculture

     https://youtu.be/vs7BG4lH3m4

    https://youtu.be/EzZzZ_qpZ4w https://youtu.be/vs7BG4lH3m4

  • Permaculture Videos

    Novella Carpenter

     https://youtu.be/8yYO4L2vegE

    Cob and Straw home building in Wisconsin

     https://youtu.be/FZS2ZEN2bTs

    https://youtu.be/8yYO4L2vegE https://youtu.be/FZS2ZEN2bTs

  • Energy – Compost Piles

     Jean Pain- The Father of Compost Heat and Biogas

     https://youtu.be/JHRvwNJRNag

     Permaculture, Homesteading, and Compost Heating: Ben Falks

     https://youtu.be/oF5iL-nUGMQ

    https://youtu.be/JHRvwNJRNag https://youtu.be/oF5iL-nUGMQ

  • What Can We Learn From…

    When We Face A Crisis? (War, Tornados, Earthquakes, Mining Explosions)

    The Depression of the 1930s

    People in Third World Counties

    Native American Observations by Benjamin Franklin

  • Early Humans

    Lived in groups. Groups have advantages

    with getting food, shelter, and defense.

     They were able to be in a group if they

    contributed to the group. Productivity was

    essential. They needed the group and the

    group needed them.

     There was quality within the group. Skills would

    evolve into leadership roles. Possessions were

    minimal.

  • Masanobu Fukuoka

     I think that the way animals live in the tropics,

    stepping outside in the morning and evening to

    see if there is something to eat, and taking a

    long nap in the afternoon, must be a wonderful

    life. For human beings, a life of such simplicity

    would be possible if one worked to produce

    directly his daily necessities. In such a life,

    work is not work as people generally think of it,

    but simply doing what needs to be done.

  • Benjamin Franklin  When an Indian child has been brought up among us, taught

    our language and habituated to our customs, yet if he goes to see his relations and makes one Indian Ramble with them, there is no perswading him ever to return. And that this is not natural [only to Indians], but as men, is plain from this, that when white persons of either sex have been taken prisoners young by the Indians, and lived awhile among them, tho' ransomed by their Friends, and treated with all imaginable tenderness to prevail with them to stay among the English, yet within a Short time they become disgusted with our manner of Life, and the care and pains that are necessary to support it, and take the first good Opportunity of escaping again into the Woods, from whence there is no reclaiming them.

  • Benjamin Franklin

     The Care and Labour of providing for Artificial and

    Fashionable Wants, the sight of so many rich wallowing

    in Superfluous plenty, whereby so many are kept poor

    and distressed for Want, the Insolence of Office . . . and

    restraints of Custom, all contrive to disgust them

    [Indians] with what we call civil Society.

     --Benjamin Franklin, marginalia in Matthew Wheelock,

    Reflections, Moral and Political on Great Britain and

    Her Colonies, 1770

  • What did we learn from the

    Depression of the 1930s?

     Though most all were in poverty, small farmers

    weathered the storm the best.

     Having land was critical to coping. Land allowed even

    city residents to have chickens, rabbits and large

    gardens. Lawns were a drain on resources.

     Food preservation skills were essential to surviving the

    winter and spring.

     Close knit groups and families did the best. (We didn’t

    know we were poor).

  • My Proposal

     Change from a money-dominated system to

    a land and skill-based system.

     Land is not just for a house, it becomes a

    part of a functional, sustainable life.

     Start a Homesteading System

     Redesign low-income housing opportunities.

  • My Proposal

     Change land use laws to minimize lawns and build productivity.

     Homesteaders take a PDC class with other potential homesteaders. Make a plan for your homestead.

     Team with Habitat for Humanity (or similar group) to build home. Incorporate plan elements.

  • My Proposal

     The PDC class becomes your local support team to design and build together. Provide tools.

     Learn about food preservation together.

     Over time there would be a gradual shift from money-based dependency to a land and skill-based existence.

  • Homesteading  There are thousands of local government owned

    properties that need adoption. They are government owned because of unpaid taxes.

     Use the principles that worked in the past to build a commitment to the land and build a new future.

     Permaculture training would be a part of the application process.

     Property ownership would transfer when commitments are fulfilled.

  • Build Community within

    Communities

     Permaculture Design Courses (PDCs) are a

    good place to start.

     Successful completion of a PDC requires the

    development of a permaculture plan.

     Commit to supporting each others’ plans. Build

    a team. No one is alone.

  • Why It Could Work

     Permaculture is a part of every level of

    Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

     It supports a global climate need of

    repairing the earth.

     We’ve done this before. It’s what our

    great grandparents did. It’s honoring their

    contributions now.

  • Why I it Could Work

    Permaculture is designed to make your life easier and better. It’s about learning new things.

    It’s not a program for just a few. It has opportunities for everyone.

    You can start as an individual or with others.

  • Why it Could Work  Mental Health needs would lessen.

     Physical Health would improve as activity is great for the body.

     Family stress levels would go down.

     It would lessen exposure to crisis. (Loss of Job, economic slowdown, health crisis)

     Permaculture skills are yours always

  • What are the challenges?

    Some money will always be needed.

     It doesn’t support big business.

     Many people will not need to do

    traditional work and others could look at

    that negatively.

     It will empower the disenfranchised. That

    may be threatening to some.

  • Initiating Change

    “It’s not that we fear the

    unknown. You cannot fear

    what you do not know. It’s

    l