Since I now write the main gardening column for the local multi-county publication of Natural Awakenings Magazine, I got a chance to plug my favorite Permaculture site this month. (Last paragraph of my article - this link takes you to where I embedded the online version on my own site):
I was half-afraid the extension office would cut the mention, since this site isn't necessarily "approved by the University of Florida" or the Master Gardening program, but I was pleasantly surprised to see the Extension reviewer left it in.
NA magazine apparently has a circulation of 40,000+... I hope at least a few readers start ripping up their lawns, watching Paul's vids and jumping into the forums. This article opportunity has been a great place for me to share the Permaculture message locally. I'm definitely getting some response since I started with these columns. Two weeks ago an event coordinator at the local Home Depot asked if I would come over and give a talk about organic gardening after reading one of my pieces. I said... "Sure... let's talk about long-term food production... what kind of edible perennials do you have in your garden section?"
My position as a Master Gardener (though constraining in that I have to tip-toe around corporations and gov't) has definitely been helpful. I've had plenty of influence already and I'm just in my first year with the program. Of course, it helps that I already wrote for a living. Jumping into doing a few magazine articles was easy. Most people that were writing for the MGs found it stressful.