PERMACULTURE AND COMMUNITY FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING
We Are NOT Idealists
Here's the rub:
It's good to talk about the ideas of permaculture, holistic, organic, alternative, etc.and I like to talk about these notions, value the ideas, and implement them. And we do. But as I outlined in the Communities magazine article Indiginous Peoples, we hope to bridge the gap between the old systems and the new sustainable ones.
So let me list my many transgressions of impurity for all the starry eyed idealists lest they may not leave emotionally frustrated in disappointment that we did not measure up to their standards.
I LOVE to use concrete. It's lasts decades, centuries, maybe longer, is maintenance free, all that kind of stuff.
We don't eat all organic. More organic every year -- as we provide more of it from our land -- but we still buy groceries and some of it isn't organic
We eat meat, at least I do (Dan), and other visitors and residents will surely eat meat, too.
We use money and engage in business for profit, extracting United States Federal Reserve notes or their digital equivalents from the old monetary system and into our credit union account and we buy stuff with it, just like a typical consumer does. And we may even spend it at Wal-Mart
We sometimes use toxic chemicals like paint, stain, insulation, even pesticides (not on plants) for infestations and animal health (ticks and fleas)
We use fossil fuels like gas and diesel. Chainsaws, tractors, automobiles have a utility and are expeditious. I believe we have little time to prepare for major changes and I have and will use these tools to get ahead.
-- On that note I should add that I have become a prepper of sorts, who strongly suspects that societal collapse is likely, even inevitable, be it economic, environmental, or from war. The ideas of responsible and simple living have not lost their appeal, but preparation for harder, leaner times is a part of my mindset and affect strategies and systems here.
There are very few really cool, hip or trendy projects at MMV. We are unlikely to design, implement or utilize any new fangled technology or engage in heating water with compost piles. We milk goats, feed our animals, cultivate soil, harvest and process fruits and vegetables. As I am fond of saying, "either all of it is glorious or none of it is glorious." Remember that when you're shoveling shit or milking the goats for the thousandth time.
It is my firm belief that permaculture or sustainable living is not exciting at all, and that excitement, highlighted as it is in our culture, is vastly overrated. Permaculture, mostly, is staying in one place. Sustainable is showing up every day, slow and steady, like the tortoise (not the hare), living for health, watching carefully and listening, none of which is cool, trendy, exciting or hip.