We, as a family, believe strongly that permaculture is the way of the future. To give you the mini-Wickipedia definition:
- Take Care of the Earth: Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply. This is the first principle, because without a healthy earth, humans cannot flourish.
- Take Care of the People: Provision for people to access those resources necessary for their existence.
- Share the Surplus: Healthy natural systems use outputs from each element to nourish others. We humans can do the same. By governing our own needs, we can set resources aside to further the above principles.
We’re each trying to learn a skill that will be of viable import to our new community. My career history has not particularly prepared me for this. An event manager for a fancy shmancy caterer, a model and a writer of fiction are not in great demand in sustainable communities. Luckily, I’m handy in the kitchen and this is probably where my talents will come into play.
Poppy has a knowledge of farming and Moses a knack for food storage. Jimmy and I are grunt labor while we wait for the smarts of our elders to rub off on us and the kids.
You might think that we’re really just a bunch of hippies. But the truth is that our community consists of like-minded family and friends that are mostly professional. We have doctors, lawyers, and an Indian Chief or two all learning to be the proverbial butcher, baker and candlestick maker.
I don’t know if this really is the future of man. But just for kicks try to think of what you would bring to the party if it was. Imagine being a member of an Old Western town. Would you be the sherrif, the storekeep, the blacksmith? If I can figure out how to make my own booze, I might just be the saloon keeper.