436: Peter Bane on Permaculture

Helping others understand how to plan their environments to work with nature. 

Peter BanePeter Bane has served the Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA) –  as a Director, Board Secretary, President, Chair of the Diploma Program Committee, Application Reviewer, and Field Advisor. In October 2018, he stepped off the board to take a part-time staff position as Coordinator for the Board. He holds diplomas in Site Design from PINA, in Media and Communications and in Education from the Permaculture Institute (USA) and from the Permaculture Academy of Britain.

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A founder, officer, site planner, and one-time resident of Earthaven Ecovillage in western North Carolina, Peter has consulted for universities, intentional communities, religious orders, businesses, farmers, and residential landowners in much of the USA and Canada. He is an experienced builder of, off-grid and solar energy systems, and has implemented water catchment, cisterns, ponds, and waste treatment systems at a range of scales.

In This Podcast:

Peter Bane is a long time Permaculture advocate. He has served on the board of the Permaculture Institute of North America, ran the Permaculture Activist magazine, and taught permaculture design courses around the world. Today, Peter shares some of the basic principles, how anyone can enter the world of permaculture, and how permaculture is the answer to many social and environmental issues. Listen in for details on his new book and how 3 lucky listeners can win a free copy!

Listen in and learn about:

    • Peter’s journey into discovering permaculture 
    • The basic principles of permaculture 
    • The 4 things you need to do to follow the ethics of permaculture 
    • His work on the Permaculture Activist magazine 
    • Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA) and their focus on current social and environmental issues 
    • PINA membership and benefits 
    • Right livelihood and how it can repair the country 
    • Natural Capital and how to prosper by working with nature 
    • Permaculture Design Courses and what they include 
    • Permaculture specialization options 
    • His new book The Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country 

As well as: 

His failure – Failed to transform the legal and political culture of his former town. 

His success – His daughter and her love of permaculture and small farming. 

His drive – To better the earth, fix social injustice, and heal the world. 

His adviceDon’t assume things will continue the way they are, lean into the change you want.  

Books written by Peter: 

The Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country 

Peter’s Book recommendations: 

“Snow Falling on Cedars” by David Guterson 

How to reach Peter: 

Websites: PermacultureActivist.net, PermacultureHandbook.com, Permaculture Institute of North America – pina.in  

Special Offer:

This contest is closed. We say “Thank You” to Peter for this offer.


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