....PERMACULTURE?I know what you're thinking. What is permaculture, and why does everyone keep using the word like I should know it? I present to you: Permaculture, in a Paragraphish
In the words of permaculture's co-founder, Bill Mollison...
'(...)Permaculture is the study of the design of those sustainable or enduring systems that support human society, both agricultural & intellectual, traditional & scientific, architectural, financial & legal. It is the study of integrated systems, for the purpose of better design & application of such systems.'
In the words of the (admittedly-not-yet-certified) me...
It is an environmental movement and an agricultural science operating on a specific set of ethics and principles. The end goal is a group of closed loop, self-sustaining systems that maximize resources and minimize human input.
For example, one of my favorite principles is 'Produce No Waste' - everything in your systems should have a use, so any waste indicates chaos somewhere.
If this all leaves you hankering for more info, please see this website (or donate and receive a permaculture info brochure as a thank you!) for more info: http://www.permacultureactivist.net/intro/PcIntro.htm
OKAY, SO WHAT NEXT? (a PDC!)
The goal of this campaign is to raise enough money for myself to take a Permaculture Design Course (PDC). A PDC is an internationally recognized certificate course covering every major topic in Permaculture: a Designers Manual (written by Bill Mollison). I will learn a broad range of topics applicable to life anywhere on this planet, and create designs for real world projects such as:
- food forests
- permaculture-style gardens
- natural building
- water catchment
- irrigation systems.
After taking the course, my goal is to take this knowledge and work it into a new definition of a green urbanism. Green roofs, living walls, water catchment systems, edible parks, and community gardens. Houses and structures that can compost or otherwise reuse their own waste. These thoughts and ideas need to be brought into the cities!
Here is a link to the home page of the school I will be taking the course through:
HOW DOES THIS APPLY TO YOU? (rewards!!)
You decide! I have set up some rewards for your donations by price bracket (see right side of page). Within each tier, there are several options, and you choose which ones best apply to you. By donating and spreading the word, you can help spread the movement and get permaculture-inspired rewards.
As the amount you donate increases, so does the number of items you can pick from the previous price tiers; however, selecting all of them is not mandatory.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO YOUR MONEY? (great things!!!)
The course I would like to take is $550, so your contributions will go straight on into that. HOWEVER. There is NO LIMIT to how much a campaign can raise. Around $650 would compensate me for the time and costs of this campaign, and anything upwards of $650 will be set aside for future permaculture goals and/or donated to a fellow campaigner on this site.
100% of what you donate will go to me or a source of my choosing, unless I can't raise the set goal in time. If that is the case, your donation will be returned to you. This is because We The Trees runs on an 'all or nothing' policy; if I can't raise all of it, I get none of it.
One of the reasons behind that (and I definitely agree with this ) is that they want to ensure that I can deliver on my promises to you, which would not be the case if I don't get the funding for them.