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I must be the only one who sees the positive side of that statement. People with money can get things done. Thus, if we wish to do more than spread ideas -- if we wish to actually terraform the planet -- then we get people with money to do it. Am I crazy? Because it seems pretty obvious to me.
And of course, any aspiring designers who hope to make it their bread & butter would do well to refrain from criticizing people of means.
I'm surprised your search for a qualified designer has proved fruitless. I would have thought you were in a ripe area. Strangely enough, there has been a conversation on another permaculture forum wherein is bemoaned the lack of work for consultants. In your area!
That doesn't seem to me the problem. I could stay busy with tons of work, if I wanted to work for nothing. (Not unique to PC design... it goes for any trade.) The nice catch is the client with the means to implement my wild ideas.
On a somewhat related note, I was talking to a friend the other day who manages a factory for a large company. He's spent weeks trying to hire an engineer who understands basic ladder logic. All the candidates look good on paper -- the right degrees, some experience, etc -- but put them to the test, and find they have no grasp of the necessary skills. What's going on? There are credentialed people everywhere, but skilled people seem to be in short supply. Again, not unique to PC.
As someone suggested, you might have to put your own pieces together. Talk to local organic growers, nurserymen, government scientists, etc.
You probably don't want to pay Darren Doherty's fee... but take a look at his site & portfolio. Might help.
H Ludi Tyler wrote:
With enough information (photos, topographical maps, etc) folks here on the board could probably jointly design quite a complete permaculture plan or evaluate an existing plan, all without needing certification or the exchange of money.
In my opinion.