WOW! This is going to be an intense few weeks! I feel my brain swelling already!
We have spent the last 7 summers building an earthship. We are planning to move in this coming summer...so many things to do. Jobs just get in the way. HA!
I had never heard of this book, this author, or even the word permaculture until a few months ago. I was googling a collection of options to yet another earthship puzzle when I found permies.com. The mindset of self-sustainability has been hard at work in my psyche for some time, hence the birth of an earthship... but I am realizing now, that I have only had a tiny piece of the overall puzzle. I am hoping this book will give me a sense of priority and focus. I need to forge a plan for the property, as I did for the earthship. We have an acre and a half, and I want to design it smartly. From the tantalizing tidbits of chapter 1, I am indeed in the right place at the right time.
"It is hypocrisy to pretend to save forests, yet to buy daily newspapers and packaged food; to preserve native plants, yet rely on agrochemical production for food; and to adopt a diet which calls for broadscale food production."
I find my conscience tweaking at the tiniest of things...buying items at Target...clothes, soaps, trinkets and baubles...We put our entire house in storage a year and a half ago to move in to an RV and work on the earthship and property. I have come to realize, after a year and a half without those things, that I don't need most of it. I pared down quite a bit to move things to storage...or so I thought. I will pare down again. I feel a bit like a squirrel on a wheel. There is so much to do....and my heart longs to embrace it daily, make it my world...but I have to work to afford my "Hobby" but the time working for someone else gets in the way of the things that need doing each day...I am a teacher so I have more free time that most poor working sots...LOL, but not enough to jump in and get this going the way I would like. I continually remind myself to start where I am, and work toward where I want to be. The larger battle isn't against the elements, or the dirt, or the devil we call time, but against me...I long for the peace, the quiet, the stillness.