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Tesla Roadster Effect Thread

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I don't know if there's already a thread for this, if someone knows you could merge it.

Here's something that seems like a beautiful example of the Tesla Roadster effect coming into fruition! Geoff Lawton made this video.

Paul Wheaton made up the term Tesla Roadster effect (oops, not Roaster, as I mis-typed, having just been writing about Rocket Mass Heaters...oops!)--that once an item becomes viewed as a luxury item for a few, it then gets leveraged popularity for many. Paul said he thought that once permaculture got this kind of visibility as a luxury "item" it would likely catch on.

Some examples of this already in existence are $4000 hams in Portugal (sort of permaculture, I think, since they are restricting the pigs' diet), and Sepp Holzer's farm is also pretty high-end as I understand it.

I thought people could post examples of posh permaculture gardens here if you find them, and any comments about them that are useful.

Here's Geoff Lawton's one: (you probably have to enter in your email address to get to view it, and they send occasional emails)

Geoff Lawton takes a tour of an "upmarket" (upscale) permaculture garden in California. It seemed pretty high-end to me, and very beautiful. The house has to be worth millions. The aesthetics of the design were quite impressive, and there's a lot of food--berries, mangoes, bananas, custard apple, a relative of monkey puzzle nuts, some herbs are what I recall--and it's fairly self-maintaining. The owners go away for several months at a time.

I think it's significant that they took a PDC, they didn't simply have someone do it all for them. Maybe that would influence other wealthy people to take PDC's also. I think there's no substitute for knowledge and direct experience.

I have a sense the land could be used more productively, but it's hard to tell from a video, and it seems like it strikes a balance between aesthetics/space and productivity.

I like that they have a quote in the garden-- "Do only what you love!" I agree with that sentiment! The owner is a photographer. Seems pretty happy.

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For what it's worth here's the other thread here at Permies about the Geoff Lawton video example:

I confess I have less interest in "permaculture for the rich" than I do in "subsistence permaculture". But wealth oozing from every orifice is probably very handy to have if you want to do big, pretty, astonishing permaculture projects. And the results do make for great marketing.
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