70: Don Titmus on Permaculture and Bees
Don grew up in London and at age 16 spent 4 years being trained in horticulture through an apprenticeship and a college course. From there he continued landscaping in his hometown until he moved to Arizona in 1981, where he worked in landscaping and then starting his own business in garden maintenance.
In 2003 he attended a life-changing Permaculture Design Course. He knew right away that this was the path he’d been waiting for, and later attended two Permaculture Teacher Trainings.
He co-founded the Phoenix Permaculture Guild (with Greg Peterson – now the Valley Permaculture Alliance), started a permaculture design company, redesigned his home site into a permaculture destination, and helped develop a thriving permaculture community in the Phoenix, Arizona area. He has presented in 5 cities, worked in several states, attended classes in 5 states, and pretty much lives and breathes permaculture.
This inspiring episode tells the story of how Greg and Don started the Phoenix Permaculture Guild from humble beginnings, and is a reminder that we can all take on epic projects if we put our mind to it! You’ll also learn what a “bee block” is (and why it’s awesome) and more about bees!
In the beginning of the interview, Don mentions “The Book.” What is The Book? The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk – it’s a post-apocalyptic novel about a permaculture ecovillage!
Where can you find Don?