Monday, May 19, 2008

In danger of falling food

Bill Mollison is a living legend. He's known as the genius of permaculture.
Alan AtKisson introducing his interview with Bill Mollison
If you have a few extra minutes, you'll be glad you spent them reading the interview. Mollison's a natural teacher who entertains so effortlessly you forget you're learning. Here's a sampling of what he has to say.

On designing community: Why is it that we don't build human settlements that will feed themselves, and fuel themselves, and catch their own water, when any human settlement could do that easily? When it's a trivial thing to do?

On designing homes: A house should look after itself - as the weather heats up the house cools down, as the weather cools down the house heats up. It's simple stuff, you know? We've known how to do it for a long time.

On agriculture: That we don't design agriculture to be sustainable is totally eerie. We design it to be a disaster, and of course, we get a disaster.

Mollison is featured in In grave danger of falling food, an hour-long documentary about the permaculture concept presented by 220 Productions in their series Visionaries: Small solutions to enormously large problems. The program is available free on YouTube, in easy-to-watch ten-minute segments.

In these first two segments, Mollison builds a balcony garden and takes us into a rare Antarctic beech forest remnant billions of years old."If we lose our forests," he says, "we lose our greatest instructors."

The elegance of permaculture design is that you start where you are. Everyone can do it. In Part 2, Mollison shows us how to grow an edible garden, complete with an aquatic system and frogs, if we like, on a narrow city balcony, but don't count on eating the frogs, because they'll become your friends and "you can't eat your friends."

Permaculture is urging complete cooperation between each other and every other thing, animate and inanimate.
As quoted in the Alan AtKisson interview
That's what the Village of Ordinary is about, and that's why permaculture is so important to the vision.

Tomorrow: Parts three and four of In grave danger of falling food.

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