Thursday, 17 October 2013

I know you want it!

Pictures... yes I also did get time to go to the beach sometimes.. but I was working alot.. inbetween beach, tsipuro and siestas!

I am now presenting some happy pictures for you.. to show you this paradise... I am not making this up folks!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Seed saving in paradise: A failure analysis

Admitting fault is not always easy. Our current social convention is based upon heroes and never to fail or mistakes.. and god beware even ADMITTING TO HAVE MADE A MISTAKE.. The fewer mistakes we make, the better. This brings us praise and approval from others. Gameshows like: “Who will be a millionaire” and others show it. Grades at school are based on “knowing everything” and not making mistakes, children’s comic heroes are based on the same thing. This indoctrinates in us from early stage, not even realising how much it affects us - the constant strive for perfection.

I truly believe the more mistakes we make, the more we can learn. The things we learn usually remain imprinted in our brains forever. We will certainly NEVER do these mistakes again. Moreover we become somewhat of an expert in this small but specific “mistake field”.

I wish for the future world to change the current convention and teaching based upon “not failing” or not “making mistakes”. But hey, there is a long way to go to what I see being a better learning environment by learning by failure analysis.. Therefore I came up with an idea:

I am starting with the man/woman in the mirror, I am asking him to change his way! The woman in the mirror is ME

My first failure analysis:

I spent some time in this project:
That is situated in this area: Link.. Pelion Mountains Greece., home of the Centaurs.

The area is extremely fertile and looks nothing like the rest of burnt Greece with olive trees as many of us are tempted to imagine. Chestnut trees, walnut trees, fig trees, brown berries, apple and pear treees, grapes, tomatoes and cucumber everywhere, it just pops up..! All surrounded by a wilderness of shrubs. I thought I was in paradise! Food as far as I could see and I could not pick up things fast enough before they went to rot!

I noticed that the centre didn´t have a seed-bank but a large vegetable garden. Shortly before I had become interested in seed keeping. Thank you Law of Attraction! 

So what happened was:
1. See: I noticed there were no seeds when I arrived to Spiti ton Kentavron.
2. Thinking: Because I myself was in need of seeds for planing winter vegetables, I realised the importance of autonomous seed availability. Moreover, I wanted the centre have everything ready once they started over again next spring.
3. Designing: I started collecting all seeds from veggies and fruit we ate. This lead to this output:

Within 4 weeks I had a box full of seeds ready for next year. I had documented everything and collected the information I could see while doing the process. I left it in a safe place for winter.

Back from the trip, I spoke to my tutor about this projekt. He asked me about the produce and where it came from, who planted it, ... etc . We quickly realised that there could be a possibility of having taken seeds from F1 Hybrids. his would mean the seeds are useless and moreover, would take away precious time of the person wanting to plant veggies next spring. We concluded that could not be entirely sure where it had come from and it would be too muchof a risk to use the seeds next spring. THAT was my mistake.. not enough survey done!

My precious mistake will make me an excellent gardener next time and helped me learn so much about seeds and seed saving..and most importantly: 

-> understad the necessity of following permacultural design methods..

Saturday, 10 August 2013

What the heck is Permaculture?

I get asked this question all the time! So here is an explanation with many interesting links for you to explore: 

To say it in a really technichal way: Permacutlure is a collection of methods. 

No no.. dont walk away now, permaculture is fun! A permaculture designer will use these methods to design /create sustainable and resilient systems.. Sounds technical, but doesen´t have to be! So lets look deeper:

Permaculture can be applied in all 3 life-dimensions:

That means permaculture is extremely manifold! Yes. Many "permies" (thats how you may call us permaculture people) are interested in ecology and aim to create carbon neutral and resilient power, solar systems, alternative heating systems, building carbon neutral and self-heating buildings or forest gardens.. .

Another group of us is more into the social aspects of permaculture, such as sustainable team buildung, or community leadership, etc..! 

And another group of us find economy interesting.  They explore alternative ways of making payments, start  Local Exchange Trading Systems (LETS) or think about organising a local neighburhood credit system. 
Most of us permies are indeed interested in all the 3 areas which are all part of one whole. Life! All parts are interconnected with the other parts. Possibilities and application fields of permaculture are endless! And it is one of our principles to not put all your eggs into one basket only! We love intercropping and integrating everything! 

Permaculture methods are nothinig new. Really! In fact, the methods we use are very old, some maybe thousands of years. Many of them have been forgotten due to our "modernisation" during the last couple of years. We try to use nature as our teacher and learn from its patterns by observation. We copy nature whenever possible and apply sustainable solutions. Sounds pretty simple right?

Bill Mollison, the first person to call this "permaculture" explains in his Lesson here that permaculture is a strange thing: What we have in common around the world, looking after life systems, looking after people, and returning any surplus we have back into the system.... During our permaculture meetings and gatherings we all know what we are talking about. However, its a little difficult to define what a permaculture community is: it has no hirarchy, no administration, theres no paid offices. It is bigger than the UN, WHO, and most of national aid agencies put together, yet it doesen´t cost anything.

-->> See videos of Bill Mollion with extremely interesting content: trees and rainmaking, water, soil knowledge, aquaculture, planting in drylands, etc.. 

Thank you for reading me! 

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

About my mission

Dear readers

Welcome to my blog. This will be my way of communicating with you. Now what is this all about?

Let me explain it to you:

In August 2013 I am starting my Permaculture Designer Education. This will take 2 years and accreditation requires the successful design of 10 different projects. Permawhat???

Hm.. how could I possibly design 10 projects? And how? Places to design projects on are permaculture farms and communities. These are often far in the country site and not in cities where I lived at the moment. Immersing myself into projects fully would require much time and effort, too.. And I felt not too interested in urban permaculture.

So, the solution?

After a long long time of pondering, I decided to do the entire education in nomadic style. Eh... what??
I would travel  from permaculture farm to another, work there to get more experience, asking to design my projects for the academy. That means 2 years of nomadic lifestyle again plus this time.. the fact is that I have no money at all.

My goal is to learn more about permaculture, and to do it in a way nobody else does. I hope to entertain you during my adventurous time and to give back something to the world with this experience.

Interested in the topic? Read this!