We had a fantastic first workday of the season at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden.
Living in generosity
How often do you give without any expectation of reciprocation? We all have needs like food, water, shelter, love and friendship, recreation for which many of us might be willing to barter, exchanging goods or services, but bartering still involves an upfront exchange, you give something and you get something. The Gift Model takes it a step further: you give your time, talents, and things as generously as you can without assumption of receiving something back and because others do the same your needs are met as well.
Living in the current economy and culture that we do trying to live the gift model sounds brave to me, you are putting a lot of trust into other people. Nick and Heather Bartow are the brave souls who are living the gift model right here in our own community.Read more
Permaculture is for everyone. That's what I left the Colorado Permaculture Convergence with this weekend.
As we experience this changing climate, shortage of water, excess of waste, and degradation of our beautiful land and wonderful communities permaculture provides a guiding path to action.
Permaculture is the philosophy of working with the natural cycles and systems to create an abundance for all. At the 2015 Colorado Permaculture Convergence, hosted by the Permaculture Provision Project in Cortez, CO, we got to celebrate the people and projects working on permaculture in the Southwest and learn from the skilled, experience speakers.
Grant Curry, one of our hosts, inspired us to think beyond sustainability, which he described as having your nose just above water. Closing speaker, Joel Glanzberg, reminded us that we may feel the urge to jump all in and become a permaculturist with our own off-the-grid homestead complete with water catchment system, food forest, and a composting toilet but we need everybody (doctors, teachers, lawyers, homemaker, restaurant owners...everyone!) to think like nature.Read more