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Why aren't Dakotans into Permaculture?

 
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While doing research on permaculture as an industry I found in google trends that north and south Dakota had pretty much no interest in searching for permaculture on google. (or maybe interest is so comparatively low that for the last few years it simply didn't rank).

Is it that nobody in the Dakotas uses google? Was there some kind of anti-google movement there so that all the permie type people don't use it. Maybe they are not tracked for a legal or technical reason.

Are there any PDCs or influencers teaching permaculture in those states?


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Google trends graph 2004-2019 for the term "permaculture"
 
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I can speak with some modicum of authority on the issue having worked and tangentially lived in one of the Dakotas and with both parents having originated from the other one.....

With the exception of occasional flare-ups of whimsy and progressivism (Google 'Non-Partisan League') that befell the Euro-immigrant populations of the Dakotas, they remain largely skeptical of information that is not delivered in an authoritarian manner.  You can draw a pretty straight line through the deity they brought with them down through their local priest/pastor yet paradoxically including the golden calf of money:  Entities and people with money were enough like the authoritarian figures they left in Europe that "the shoe fit" in terms of worshipping those entities and buying into their messaging...... which not surprisingly was a very non-permies message except for those rare individuals who bucked the trend.  (Clearly I'm not including the indigenous in this overview as, historically, they were 'beyond permie' with their lifestyle and ethics and might understandably look inward to their culture before Googling 'permaculture' for local or regional solutions.)

Ironically, even as your statistics may be correct, many like Gabe Brown and Fred Kirschenmann in western North Dakota and likely some operations in South Dakota are Googled by Permie devotees as sources of information on low-input grazing and rotational crop production on the high plains.  But when it comes to Googling *by* the local population, it's more likely going to be to see what kind of deals Walmart or Menard's has this week.  Overall it's a pretty conservative population that has been, on the whole, out-migrating with proportionally little in-migrating, the latter of which might be expected to change general attitude.  Just one Dakota-lineaged opinion, of course.....
 
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I know I'm in Tennessee, but I imagine there are people like me that do not appreciate being tracked, and marketed too.. I use DuckDuckGo.
 
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Ben House wrote:I know I'm in Tennessee, but I imagine there are people like me that do not appreciate being tracked, and marketed too.. I use DuckDuckGo.



I also use DuckDuckGo, I'm probably one of the more paranoid internet users here knowing how most everything works on a technical level. I may have to loosen up on some of my privacy habits since I'm starting a permaculture-oriented marketing agency, doubtless, google is a useful tool. I see so much potential in what other people are doing. Unfortunately, most permaculture-oriented companies are not the best at branding and marketing, with a few notable exceptions like Geoff Lawton who has very high-quality marketing. If I can help get a few more influencers to that level think about how many people that could bring in from the mainstream.

Paul has done an excellent job monetizing permies.com that and his other efforts are probably the reason Montana is 3rd on the trends list.


I wonder if the lack of data has to do with the tribal presence in the Dakotas perhaps they don't like Google or Google does not like them. Maybe there is a story here, but I'll leave it to someone else, I'm after data, not stories.

 
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T Simpson wrote:
Are there any PDCs or influencers teaching permaculture in those states?



Maybe it has something to do with your search terms.  I saw several permaculture websites and some offerings pdcs.

Maybe now would be a good time to start spreading the word about permaculture.

What I have found is that while many of permies' members are aware of permaculture, a lot of folks still have not heard of the term being used.  I had never heard of it when I found this website back in 2016 and still have not heard anyone speak of it.

How about a search on permies:

This was from 11 years ago:

https://permies.com/t/3472/Permaculture-Design-Certification-PDC-Pine

There are several threads, here one:

https://permies.com/t/21819/North-Dakota

Best wishes for spreading the word.
 
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Anne Miller wrote:

How about a search on permies:

This was from 11 years ago:

https://permies.com/t/3472/Permaculture-Design-Certification-PDC-Pine




I refined my trends search by Permaculture as a topic and narrowed it down to 2010 and it seems all the states bordering Montana were not ranked despite there being a PDC in SD during that timeframe. The PDC from 11 years ago was on the Lakota reservation, which makes me wonder if that the native population being the ones promoting permaculture in the area have some kind of objection to Google thus reducing the discoverability from Google searchers within the state. Or perhaps the permaculture businesses in the Dakotas didn't do SEO very well leading to low discoverability/search trends.


The most interesting trend is that there is where there is no trend at all. Perhaps I can help quail springs permaculture get noticed online across those states. I'll be sure to reach out to them.

I suppose that's why I'm collecting data like this, figuring out who I can help get noticed.

 
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Looks like for some reason 2010 was a good year for permaculture in the Dakotas:

https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/rlnd/about-us/the-gardens-at-bismarck-state-college

Maybe contact with the lady who wrote this article might prove interesting.
 
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Most of the people in the Dakota's who would bother living off the land are the Native people's. They're still looked down on & somewhat discriminated against, despite the fact that most of the US has moved past that. (Though, I do fear that as their population grows & their adamancy to keep their own religions persists, that discrimination may grow back, sadly.) Also, they mostly already know what they're doing & are pretty insular. They're also pretty poor. In fact, one of the worst poverty gaps in all of the United States in in southwestern South Dakota-- the only large community of anyone in that area is the Pine Ridge Sioux Reservation.

Beyond that, the region basically has two groups of people, those who live in the city, who probably don't have a whole lot of room for gardens, & those who live in the country, who are likely either farmers or working in mines. Depending on what they're mining too, you probably don't want to be growing anything to eat near there, native or not.

Then, I guess there are land conservationists who want to restore the prairie, but their plan isn't really for anyone to be eating off of it.
 
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