“The sins of the father are visited unto the seventh generation”
Today the class looked at the 4th permaculture design principle, Apply regulation and accept feedback, this involves thinking about long term impacts of our activities, and paying attention to feedback loops and cycles, maintaining a dynamic equilibrium within the environments we work with and keeping in mind that within all of these systems everything is interconnected and to reinforce this idea we had a lot of fun conducting some group activities including the ‘systems game and the ‘knee sit game’ again to show how how everything depends on everything else….and to have a good giggle!
Steve also talked about the analysis of elements within a farming system, the inputs and outputs of any one part of this and how to link the output of one into the input of another thus avoiding waste on any level, including allowing any domestic farm animals to meet their own needs in an environment that mimics thier natural one as closely as possible while also being productive and minimising work/input by the farmer, working smarted not harder is most definately the way forward!
As a class we wached a documentary featuring the work and farm of Sepp Holzer in Austria and the fantastic permaculture world he has made over 30 years, a farm where the soil is constantly improving not degrading, with diversity and ingenious plant guilds where the interdependance of all the elements means the plants are self regulating and every plant, animal and insect has a useful function, seeing this was very inspiring!.
We ended the afternoon looking at economy vs sustainability and the need to regenerate not only land and food supply but community too leading onto a class discussion on permaculture and personal ethics and what they mean to us personally and as a whole, we identified that love, respect, integrity, community, care for nthe environment, solidarity and living in harmony with nature were very important to us all!.