Cris Bessette wrote:So the subject question "should all permaculture stuff be free", doesn't even make sense to me, it already IS free, just as long as you want to work just as hard as Toby Hemenway, Paul Wheaton, Masanobu Fukuoka, etc. to ferret out all the information and put it together in a form that is easy to access.
Sometimes I hear the argument that permaculture information is too important not to be freely available in an easily accessible form. That doesn't change the fact that it costs money and/or time to make that happen.
A friend of mine subscribes to that argument, especially when it comes to permaculture as a wider design concept applied to realms outside of gardening. However, when he decided that an easy to access permaculture training should be free, he didn't complain about other people's (often well-deserved) fees. Instead, he raised money through crowd-funding (He's at somewhere around $15,000 raised right now, I think) and will be releasing a free online permaculture course very soon.
Of course, he also still runs paid in-person courses. These things exist quite happily side-by-side.