gary gregory wrote:
Well that's a start son, by the way - send money. Pop
Jake Olson wrote:
I'd love to hear a long discussion of this situation:
Imagine you have a son who is early 30s, married, has two toddlers and lives in a large city in Turkey. He's been turned off to the whole Permaculture thing his whole life and never really learned anything about gardening or growing stuff. Now all the sudden, he's gotten interested in doing something to take control of his food supply through listening to podcasts like Save Our Skills and The Survival Podcast and The Permaculture podcast during work. He's ready to do something.
Only one problem: he doesn't live on a homestead in Montana, he lives in a concrete jungle in Adana Turkey. You want to give him some baby steps to help him in his current life situation to take steps toward a more sustainable, less toxic lifestyle that could lead to being in a permaculture situation many years from now. He has no access to real land at this moment, but has a big balcony and year round sun (the climate is probably similar to the places in texas that get cold, but never freeze). He also lives in a second culture with his Turkish wife and is apprehensive about freaking out the neighbors or whatever, and obviously has a full time job that is not homesteading. The other trick about being in Turkey is that he can't just order stuff off of amazon or go to walmart to buy all the paraphernalia that usually goes with any DIY project. It's even hard to get books (expensive to ship).
So you got a son, he's shown a bit of interest, but doesn't have a lot to work with. What baby steps would encourage him to take that would not overwhelm him and cause him to give up and would get his wife engaged in this stuff as well (not freak her out.) What's one book you'd tell him to read NOW?
Obviously this guy is me, but I ask you to envision it being your son because I really want to know how you'd advise someone in this situation who you care deeply about.
I'm loving learning from you through the podcasts and youtube videos, but am just a bit overwhelmed about where to even start. Especially without access to land.
Mekka Pakanohida wrote:
One thing to keep in mind, permaculture isn't just about gardening. It has an ethics attached to it, which many people seem to forget.