I’m a little obsessed with permaculture.
But let me back up a bit. A few years ago I learned about myers-briggs personality types. I learned that I am an INFJ, which stands for Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging. One of the characteristics of this personality type, according to the good people at 16 Personalities, is believing that there are overarching better ways to do certain things and that doing things that way would prevent a lot of pain, suffering, waste, etc. While some people might get excited about volunteering to feed the hungry, instead, I am the type of person who wants to find out: what the problem is anyway, why is the system making people go hungry and what is the solution?
Speaking of food and hunger, I see permaculture as the perfect solution to the problems that plague our food systems (food waste, monoculture, soil depletion, heavy carbon footprint). Permaculture can produce food that is local, sustainable, and customizable to climate. Even better, it is a way for more people to eat more nutritious food.
One day I’d like to create a learning center on a permaculture farm, a place where folks can come to learn about permaculture and related topics. Many people in our society don’t even know how to cook, so cooking is an important permaculture skill too. What use is a bumper crop of squash if you don’t know what to do with it?
Thus my obsession with permaculture. It seems to funnel so many of my interests into one fabulous tool set. Vive la permaculture!