517: David Holmgren on Downshifting to a Resilient Future. Part 2
Balancing the larger world context with local, practical, and creative solutions.
In This Podcast:
In part 2 of 3 we hear from David Holmgren, the co-founder of permaculture, about his definition of permaculture, soil conservation and regenerative practices, creating civilization systems that can withstand the test of time, and creative reuse of resources instead of recycling or composting. Learn about David’s new book: Retrosuburbia and how to rebuild economies, habits, and biological landscapes on a household level.
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We are very excited to have the co-founder of permaculture on the show today. When I got David on the call I just let him talk and it turned into a 90-minute chat, so we decided to split it into three shows. This is part 1 and if you enjoy our content please consider supporting the podcast at: UrbanFarmPodcast.org
Since developing permaculture with Bill Mollison in the mid-1970s, David’s local and global influence has gone beyond permaculture networks. He is a public intellectual working outside of academia, government or corporate support. His depth of thinking, design practice and teaching has been continually informed by practical experience through a lifetime of household self-reliance, voluntary simplicity, and innovative action. He has received many awards including an honorary Ph.D. from Central Queensland University.
He has written 8 books about permaculture & related topics, been a part of at least 5 other books, written multiple articles, given numerous presentations, has over 40 years of practical experience, he is an authority on the permaculture concept and how to make it work and basically – he is the guy who penned it!
Listen in and learn about:
- David’s definition of permaculture
- Permaculture Design Courses and design thinking in agriculture
- Soil conservation and regenerative practices
- Creating civilization systems that can withstand the test of time
- How wasteful systems create huge amounts of surplus organic matter that need to be reused
- Creative reuse of resources instead of recycling or composting
- David’s new book: Retrosuburbia
- Rebuilding local economies, buildings, our habits, and the biological landscapes on a household scale
- Self-reliance vs community engagement to reinvigorate micro food systems
- Relating household agriculture to the larger food system
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