Welcome to Midwest Permaculture...
From our observation, It appears that we as the human species, in our western civilizations, have created a culture that is mostly unaware of the damage it is doing to others and to the planet. Like adolescents, our gaze is fixed upon the television, engrossed upon a fantasy world instead of living in the real world, while the furnace is running and the front door is open.
Our sense is that it is time for our culture to step into adulthood - to observe the effects of our lifestyle choices - and with the maturity that comes with adulthood, take the steps necessary to find a way to leave the planet in better condition than how we found it. We can take responsibility for creating a more permanent-culture (permaculture).
The purpose of Midwest Permaculture is to support the transition of our society from a culture of consumption, into a culture of creation.
And what can be created through the use of permaculture design?
- We humans, as city, suburban or rural dwellers, can build food systems that can not only feed ourselves and neighbors, but we can also build top soil and fertility at the same time;
- We can provide the homes, clothing, buildings and energy we need from mostly local sources;
- We can transform our suburbs and city neighborhoods into sustainable communities.
- We can repair damaged lands and ecosystems;
- We can create prosperity, resiliency and security wherever we live;
- We can include (and employ) just about everyone in this job of improving the quality of life on this planet;
- And, quite possibly, we can retard or reverse global warming.
Sound idealistic? Seem improbable? Maybe so.
But it is none-the-less a possibility, a choice, that we as humans can move towards should we make this decision.
The intention of our permaculture trainings and education is to give our students the observational skills, the knowledge and the practical information to help them become a part of this global solution.
Thank you for your interest... Becky and Bill Wilson