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Jaclyn Avery
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I've been snooping around for the last few weeks reading about all the wonderful things all you people are doing, planning, or just dreaming, and finally decided I want to be a part of it. I'm an older college student looking to graduate next year, and I've found myself more and more depressed with the current state of affairs. Global warming, politics, social justice, it's been easy for me to take interest in almost any topic I can read online in order to mask the dissatisfaction and anxiety in my own life. I've inadvertently stumbled on the way to escape the rat race before I've even joined it. So I may be several years away from 'starting', but that just means more time to research, right?

It might just be my summer break getting to me, but I picked up a favorite book from my childhood this week to read again. It occurs to me that permaculture might be the way towards the "enlightened" cultures found in so many fantasy stories. Relatively self-sufficient communities that live with nature, and hold in high esteem generosity, good food and good wine, fine craftsmanship, and living simply but beautifully. Silly musings, but I can't help but see the parallels when I read about landraces, cob houses, pemmican, or so-and-so's favorite cordial.

Anyway, I'm very pleased to have found permies!
 
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Hi Jaclyn
So what are you graduating in ? any plans ?

David
 
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Jaclyn Avery wrote: It occurs to me that permaculture might be the way towards the "enlightened" cultures found in so many fantasy stories. Relatively self-sufficient communities that live with nature, and hold in high esteem generosity, good food and good wine, fine craftsmanship, and living simply but beautifully. Silly musings, but I can't help but see the parallels when I read about landraces, cob houses, pemmican, or so-and-so's favorite cordial.


Absolutely not silly! I think we can look to those fictional examples as a model of how we'd like society to be, and work toward that. We're not doomed to live in Mordor!
 
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Welcome! I've thought that too. I've also been talking to my mother about gardening a lot recently and it seems my grandfather essentially farmed in a permaculture fashion before he was taught "better" by science. So it seems the dreamers of the future and many from our past are/were thinking in a permaculture fashion and the current generation is the one that somehow changed everything.

I think I'm going to start a new thread about that conversation though.
 
Jaclyn Avery
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David Livingston wrote:
So what are you graduating in ? any plans ?

David


I'm getting a BS in computer science. After that I have the (juvenile, I know)notion of moving anywhere but here. The west coast seems fabulous if expensive, but it depends on where I can find a job.

I've been an apartment dweller for the last 8 years which makes it difficult to grow or keep anything, but I've managed some herbs in pots before(and an utterly failed topsy turvey planter). My parents had some self sufficiency in them too, so I'm familiar with playing in creeks, chopping wood, and the raising of cats, dogs, and chickens. I'm an avid knitter and novice spinner, so sheep and goats appeal to me a lot.
 
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