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Karlos Basak
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Hey All, I've learned bits and pieces of permaculture over the last 5 years, mostly from podcasts, but have been to workshops and portions of pdcs, and some articles/chapters fillling in gaps, and have even created a few theoretical tactics/practices that might work for forest permaculture and also holistic grazing. Having a background as a teacher but not being one currently, I feel the need to educate on something so important, and what better way to do that then start a campaign?? ha!
(including but not limited to tabling, door to door, social media enough that is bearable for me, looking for other ideas from YOU!!!)


We all know the need for the world to get on board and start practicing permaculture ideas before...... so I feel a great deal of urgency, and I jumped in to this fully getting a table at my state's organic farming expo in 3 weekends — http://www.nofanj.org/winterconference — I'd say that over half of the people in that community know of permaculture, but less than half have much of a real understanding of what it's really about and feel content and well-to-do staying within conventional organic farming.


         So far in my "lesson planning" stage for the nofa event, what I have tangibly ready for the table/launch of the "Politically Correcting" Permaculture Campaign, are:

- 2 32x32 lego boards, one with blocks conventionally built out to represent flat land row cropped, one the other with bumpy/hilly/valley catawampus micro climate inducing structure that shows an increase of vertical surface area, and high/low spots, more sun/less sun spots. I used to use legos to teach geography so feel comfortable that this will be a strong point.

- I just got in the mail today a full brick of permaculture playing cards. I am going to be handing these out as business cards with a label stuck on with my contact info and some other perma stuff.

- Also with the playing cards, I am doing a raffle each day (conf is 2 days) and the person I pick gets their own deck of cards. I am thinking instead of them just picking a number or writing their name on something, the raffle will need to be them explaining in less than 10 words on a piece of paper what permaculture is to them, now that they've interacted with me, I will pick winner at random, but their response must suffice. and i feel this can be improved upon more...

- Creating a facebook group, I maybe will do this soon so that there is somehwere to send people to.

- Also, a signup sheet for farmers (there will be many at the conference) that would like a permaculture consultation, and maybe if I could find some permaculturalists who would do a free or low-cost initial assessment and ideas, I could connect this.

- Permaculture ethics and principles by quotes "What less can I do" fukoyoka; "if you don't want pigs, then you must do the pig's work" - sepp; "water is life" - connect the standing rock battlecry with practical ways to put precious water back in to the land (swales, forestry, hugel beds, ponds)

- I need a flyer or two of some sort. I'm happy to explain to people as they come, but if there is a swarm or people just want to read about it and keep walking through the expo, I want something to hand to them. instead of creating one from scratch as I've often done with other things, I'm turning to you all for something that is already good to go or that I can edit. Thanks!

- Volunteers to join in with this campaign if it is to be a full year going concurrent with our gubernatorial election.

- anything else I glean from you all or from other sources would be very helpful! Perhaps a survey asking them what they know/don't know.

Many thanks in advance!
Karlos
 
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