"Nature doesn't do straight lines, humans do straight lines"
- Richard Perkins
We only ended our two week Permaculture Design Course last week Sunday, but it feels like a month ago. Time is doing strange things to me here. Almost moving willingly on it's own. Allowing me at times only moments to gasp a breath, yet stretching out one day into millions of fragments.
Oh Permaculture, two weeks, 9-6, six days a week. It was it's own microcosm of exhaustion, frustration and at times for me, the pleasure of having that clicking feeling when missing links suddenly come together and make bridges into new understanding. Oh Permaculture. It marked the beginning of Autumn, chilled fingers burnt by weeding and the first group cold that took down the whole house. We coughed our way through the making of a compost, and turned our ideas of sustainability into regenerative. We peeked into soil, water and food and even dabbled in economics and chocolate making.
Everyday was a challenge.
What really got me about Permaculture, is that it isn't actually about Permaculture. It's about the ideas behind Permaculture, systems, patterns, cycles, ethics, resilience and efficiency. It's about understanding these ideas and how they work together, and then applying them, not to Permaculture but to life.
Oh Permaculture, it's a lifestyle and a question.
How and where do I fit into our greater system & how am I going to make it work?
Layering and mixing straw, leaves & comfrey and cow manure for our compost.
MMMmM So Yummy!
Turning the compost pile a few days later. Oooh thats hot ;)
Our Super Sexy Compost Pile!
Field Trip :)
Lending our helping hands to a nearby farm for the afternoon.
Fika breaks that lead to Birthday Celebrations. All the better.
Comparing soil from Orchards and Forest Floors. Oh the Difference!
2nd Field Trip to Gnasta for the day.
Harvesting the last of the veggies and cleaning out the greenhouse
Just to give you an idea about the combination of grass & soil we were working with...
Fixing up the Massive compost pile
Compacting and shaping the compost pile
Measuring contours of the land
Making things work
Checking out a natural building... so sick
Heading home after a long day
And for the ever curious minds, the below link will tell you a little more about the practical tools we learned and put into practice during our weeks in Permaculture.
The International Youth Initiative Program
I am a Yippie class of 2013/2014. These are findings, thoughts and captured moments of mine from here in Jarna, Sweden.