The world that we experience is not the objects in it. The world is made up from the interactions that create the objects. We change the world by changing the way we interact with those around us.
At the Applewood Permaculture Institute* (API) we seek to understand the needs of people, and other living things. It is not about charity. If we can supply the needs of an additional person, or other living thing, we enable them to make their contribution to the function of the world.
We bundle our interactions with living things in the term gardening. We have formed an API gardening team to work at supplying the needs of more living things within our neighborhood. We imagine a network of gardens and greenhouses that supply all the food our neighborhood needs, and that any one in the neighborhood can share in that food by contributing what they like to do.
We call that community sufficiency technology. It is the know how to organize ourselves to provide for ourselves. It creates a way to contribute for all those who do not fit in the market economy. It creates healthy soils, a healthy ecosystem, healthy people and a healthy society.
Every neighborhood in the world needs a gardening team developing community sufficiency technologies because that is how we will change the world. We do not think we can change the world through the political process. We think that politics will change when we change the way that we interact.
These are the API chronicles through which we will share our successes and failures. The success of our effort depends on spreading this idea to every neighborhood in the world. We do not want your money. We want you to invest what extra time and money you have into new interactions with the people, and other living things, around you, and to share your successes and failures with us.
Learn More: http://www.organiclandscapedesign.org/
*Applewood is the name of the neighborhood where the API is located, which is the long time home of the Braden family.