I found this thread really interesting. And the idea. I think it connects to my longing to live in a small town with a general store (that is also the post office and sells feed). I had to leave that town to be near my daughter & family during the pandemic, and here I stay. But I've found a house I can afford with a small piece of land. . . never mind all that.
Although I participate, far too much, in the digital economy and the nasty capitalist crappy-goods economy, I am cutting back. Growing vegetables led me to permaculture. Permaculture led me to permies.com. I was derailed after moving from Vermont to the semi-urban part of the Hudson Valley, I am now back online looking at composting, gardening, chicken ideas (my chickens are in a too-small coop in my daughter's backyard at the moment).
I was only derailed for about two years, but it feels like permaculture has been going through a very large expansion! I picked up a giveaway stinging nettle plant at a megamansion neighborhood nearby, when I noticed that her front garden was mulched with real wood chips. (That was seriously freaky.) Got to talking, her sister works at the native plant nursery in town, got more nettle from her sister in exchange for some of my ever-expanding comfrey supply. I worked at a large nursery last year and the woman in the herb department was trying to grow out a permie consultation business. I learned a lot from her and vice versa!
Perhaps it was because my circle was small in Vermont (a town of 666 souls), I didn't know more than one or two permies there. But I see it all around me now, and I'm still actually living in a little city!
I think that once you have 3 or 4 permaculturists in easy proximity to each other, a tiny distributist community might be born. (Forgive my ignorant blundering, for all I know about distributism I have read in this thread.) Could this be true? I am optimistic. And since permaculture is global, producing miracles in third-world countries (I was just watching videos about Scotland where huge pieces of land have lost their Scots pines (bring in permaculture!)
I'm excited. I'm 69 and having health problems, but still looking toward the future. Lord knows we need help.