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Permaculture-related career ideas?

 
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Hello! I am currently brainstorming permaculture-related career paths, as I know I'd like to go down one, and was looking for input - not just the primary permaculture paths of farming or teaching, but career paths more loosely related to permaculture, such as landscape design or ecological restoration... (I'm actually interested in pursuing both farming and teaching eventually, but I'm curious what else you all might suggest as an alternative to those two)...

Any other ideas?
 
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Hi Tara!
The Permaculture Voices podcast has been super helpful and inspiring for me and my partner. It's focused on talking to different people who have started permaculture-related businesses. You should definitely check it out if you haven't heard of it already!
 
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I often ponder this, and don't come up with many ideas. People say you can do almost anything permaculturally, but I would want a little more information about how to do that. I've tried asking, but got little solid info. Permaculturalizing some careers can potentially make them more difficult, if for instance one is manufacturing, having to source environmentally friendly products can be difficult or impossible, depending on what one makes. In my own case for the stuff my old home business makes, I have decided not doing it would be the permacultural choice.
 
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There are several outreach jobs with the county/USDA -- check out NRCS agent. or things related to master gardner, master food preserver, etc..
 
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I think we have to think of this as an ecosystem. Ok so if one does not want to teach o garden, what can be related to all that permaculture designs?
I think of transformation of products form farms based on permaculture design, Casitas Valley in California is one, they grow food, have livestock and have a creamery, I think they butcher the meat (not sure) and every enterprise is standing by itself followed by different staff I think.
Maybe we could think of systems that function all in a system that creates an alternative economy locally based.
One could have a nursery but not want to sell vegetables. Or have a restaurant and buy from a permaculture farm and think of a menu that is directly designed on permaculture principles.
Or build and sell tools and alternative energy stuff
really so much is related but it has to sort of stay in a vision that is related to community building, local economy.
Then there are all the related to online stuff things that I just can't really follow never been to much of a tech guy.
 
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Maybe if people tell about how they are permaculturizing their present career, it would help give an idea of how careers can be permacultural.

I'm permaculturizing my present career (making things) by dropping my old business and joining my husband in a new, smaller scale and much less wasteful making things business. My other "career" is growing food for us to eat, since our income is much smaller with the new little business.
 
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Thanks, all for your responses!
 
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How about this one: herbal facial massage business closing a circle of community finding who produces herbs in a farm based on permaculture design, or produces the actual product from the herbs, or doing one of the listed jobs in the chain
 
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