As soon as Geoff Lawton realized he was having “dreams of self-sufficiency and living in a harmonious way with natural systems,” he started getting involved with permaculture. This was way before permaculture was the buzz word that it is today. Through his work, the movement has spread to like-minded individuals the world over.
When We Attack Nature By Clearcutting Forests; Paving Farmland, We Attack Ourselves : Healing in the Natural World
Growing up in southern England and Wales, we always lived close to the woods, streams, and hills of the nearby countryside. The towns were built to be dense and tight, so it was relatively easy to walk out of the buildings and away from traffic into a land of kingfishers, beech trees, and marsh marigolds. It was “smart growth” before anyone had invented the term.
From Floating Food Forests to Vacant Lot Crops, Urban Farming Is Taking Root Across America – Food Is Free Project
A growing movement is spreading throughout U.S. cities that is feeding people, providing jobs, and helping the environment—urban farming.
This is a lot bigger than putting some tomato and zucchini plants in your backyard. These are local efforts, city by city, neighborhood by neighborhood, to convert vacant land in America’s cities into small farms.
If you were an early American colonist and Jamestown farmer in the 1600’s, you would have been required by law to grow hemp simply because the world was being commanded by large fleets of ships, and those ships needed hemp rope and sails. Thomas Jefferson, the author of our Declaration of Independence was a hemp farmer, the document itself was written on hemp paper, and so was the U.S. Constitution.
Wendell Berry said once in an interview: “Farming is a hard life. It’s a hard life; therefore, nobody ought to live it. What a remarkable conclusion! There are several steps that are left out. What causes the difficulty? Does freedom come out of it? Does family pride come with it, family coherence? Does some kind of idea of community come with it? Some kind of idea of stewardship, does that come with it? Do ideas of affection or love or loyalty or fidelity come with it?”
In his humorous and uplifting style, Gever Tulley debunks classic myths of childhood safety. With rampant fear mongering, is it any wonder that children are actually over-protected? Instead, Tulley believes the most effective way to keep children safe is to give them a little taste of danger.
In a time before live media broadcasts and video games, everyone was raised free range. Our parents were all raised free range – it was the only way of being raised. It was the good ole days of riding a bike to the park, to a friend’s house or the store when penny candy was only a penny. You could build forts, scrape legs and be pre exposed to a slew of forbidden activities without anyone being sued, just as long as you were back by dusk.
…By village I don’t simply mean “a group of houses and associated buildings, larger than a hamlet and smaller than a town, situated in a rural area.” I’m referring to the way of life inherent to relatively small, relatively contained multigenerational communities. Communities within which individuals know one another well, share the joys, burdens, and sorrows of everyday life, nurture one another in times of need, mind the wellbeing of each other’s ever-roaming children and increasingly-dependent elderly, and feel fed by their clearly essential contribution to the group that securely holds them.
Have you ever rubbed two sticks together and created a spark, and then used that spark to light a fire? I don’t know about you, but even as a small child I’ve been fascinated with the idea of creating fire without matches or a lighter – so much so that I spent hours banging rocks together in the hopes of creating a spark (and instead of sparks I accumulated lots of bandaids on my thumbs).