For those of you that enjoy my blogging voice, I apologize for its absence. It has been a small while since I have posted. And as you may already know, my good friend Katie has graciously taken the helm in my stead. But, it is my “stead” that compels me to write to you now. The subject at hand is one of drastic importance for me and for all of us. If you are not interested yet, keep reading anyway.
The reason for my sparse blog presence has mostly because I have been immersed in my recent permaculture class with Permaculture SF. It is not for the fact that the class kept me too busy to blog, but more that I was (and still am) completely inspired and changed by this class, its teachers, and my fellow students; so much so that I have since dedicated my time, thought and effort to the principles and practices I gathered there. In fact, with no offense intended toward my favorite UVM professors, I feel downright comfortable saying that it may be the single most rewarding class I have ever taken to date.
A good class doesn’t just transmit information, it changes the way you think. While I am tempted here (with all of this empty white blog space beneath me) to convey some of the specific lessons from my experience, I would rather say that this class and my cohort transformed the way I see my environment, my world, and my community. And now I see that this new lense as the most valuable tool I walked away with. I now look at Amyitis differently. I see our mission, my mission, as transmogrified. You see, permaculture is not simply about learning techniques and strategies but about, what my teachers David Cody and Kevin Bayuk like to say, “overstanding” the issue. To translate, to overstand is to interpret the whole system, understand more deeply.
I learned that, Amyitis has been utilizing some permaculture strategy since its inception, but its scope has maybe been too narrow, its berth too wide. What I write now is to urge anyone and everyone to take a permaculture design certification class in your neighborhood or city. If you are an engineer, a foodie, a home gardener, or even business strategist, this class will change your life. If you are luck enough to live in the San Francisco Bay Area you can be lucky enough to take a course with Kevin and David, HERE. They also have a blog you can follow if you like. Don’t waste any time. The Spring PDC starts January 13th 2009 in Potrero Hill.
Hey you may find yourself in a picture like this one, smiling your little face off.