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Thom Illingworth

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Greensboro, NC, USA
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John,
May you have peace knowing that your mentoring and inspiration will continue on in Permies.com and in the lives of those you've touched.
Peace,
Thom
Christopher:   You might also try the "net and pan" technique described by Mollison in the Designer's Manual.  More info at link:net and pan from PRI

Thom
2 years ago
Christopher:   You might want to try terracing this way (I did it on a much smaller scale):   Use trees that you've cut down.   Place them along the contour(s). Stack them for higher support, if needed, on steeper grade.  Use shorter lengths to make sharper curves, if needed.  Pound scrap rebar lengths into the ground to hold the logs from rolling down hill.   Dig into the back of the terrace and dump the dirt behind the logs until the area behind the logs is relatively flat.   Repeat another log support at the back of the terrace where you stopped digging.  Do this up the hill as far as you want to go.  Granted, this is a temporary solution, because the logs will eventually rot and need to be replaced with other logs or a more permanent support. But it will get you going.   Good luck.
2 years ago
I want to send out some love to Paul and the permies.com staff.   Sometimes it is easy to take a website or forum for granted, thinking it somehow just exists on its own and people just add their thoughts to it.   But a website or forum requires a lot of work to be effective and to become a source of helpful information and online community support.   Paul and staff have done just that.   Not until I viewed Paul's talk at PV2 called "Increasing the Velocity of Permaculture" did I realize how much of a feat it is to cull out the hatefulness that could destroy the online community.  The level of vigilance that Paul and staff must maintain must be extremely soul-deadening, yet they persevere for the sake of the permies community.   The sad part is that much of the hatefulness originates with other permies. See Paul's talk at
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When I first stumbled on permies.com, I was wary.  I thought the success of permies.com was based on a personality cult, members attracted to Paul's brash, bad-boy persona, which would fall apart as soon as the personality (Paul) no longer participated.  But now I realize that it takes a strong person, "a freakishly arrogant and obnoxious git" as Paul describes himself, to endure and persevere and build a strong online community.  Paul is a warrior for permaculture.  Not only is he trying to do practical work to further permaculture practices, but he is enduring the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune that try to pierce his armor daily.   Of course, a warrior general needs a strong army of foot soldiers, the permies.com staff, fighting daily in the trenches.  The Permies community should be very grateful for the hard work that Paul and his staff accomplish daily for us.

In his talk at PV2, Paul asked us to support people that make attempts to achieve permacultural activities, to show them you appreciate their efforts.   So here is my lovefest for Paul and staff.    Keep up the damn good work! There are few people who could do what y'all do.

Thom
Not sure if this will help, but it's a good read and wouldn't be a bad idea for diabetics to follow his diet, because he's very focused on sugar levels.

"Wheat Belly" by William Davis

Good luck!
Thom
2 years ago
Hi,
For anyone with woodlands, I would highly recommend you read this book:

"Farming the woods : an integrated permaculture approach to growing food and medicinals in temperate forests"
by Ken Mudge

I just finished reading it and I'm inspired to transform my 2 acres of woodland in NC into a productive food-producing forest.
Lots of good practical advice.

Thom Illingworth
4 years ago
For the tiny image, I suggest you lose the overalls and retain only the "Super-P" or use the Permies P. In that way, you can increase the size of the "P" within the tiny space available, making it more readable.
Thom
Back in the Seventies, I had a cheap pair of overalls that were in fashion and I fancied myself being "with it" with peace signs, and "Love" and other stuff a girlfriend embroidered on the chest and legs. A college professor gave me a huge ration of sh*t. He'd grown up on a farm and didn't think overalls should be a fashion statement that all these students were flaunting. To him overalls were meant for hard work, not a clothing choice for spoiled, protesting college kids. Ah..the errors of our youth (fortunately, no pictures are extant).

Thom Illingworth
5 years ago
This video is a cartoon animation, but it won't make you laugh. Hopefully, if more people embrace the ethics of permaculture, we can see a more optimistic future than the one this portrays.

Thanks,
Thom
(Rainy day in Greensboro NC)


Animation by Steve Cutts at www.stevecutts.com
5 years ago
Interesting vid about how Singapore is seeking ways to grow local veggies without a lot of farmland in their nation (only 250 acres left). Going vertical with a concern about energy-use and food security issues.
Enjoy, Thom



5 years ago