Hometown: I'm a former Navy brat; I've got no hometown.
October 8, 2012
While looking at food production videos on YouTube, I came across one called "The Lazy Farmer." I'd always thought farming was too much work, but the permaculture method showed me that one could create abundance easily by simply stepping out of Nature's way and supporting it's natural systems. Then I went to the Permaculture Festival in Brooklyn and learned that it was about more than farming, but could be used to create a more socially just society and build resilience in the face of climate change.
I got my PDC at the Earth Activist Training taught by Starhawk at Prospect Rock Permaculture in Vermont in September of 2013. Assistant teachers were Keith Johnson, owner of Prospect Rock, and Charles Williams. Guest teachers included Lisa DiPiano, who runs a bike-powered trash pickup collective in MA, and Scotty Kellogg of "Backyard Bioshelter" fame. The Teaching Assistant was Rushelle Frazier.
I'm trying to connect with people and learn skills to be more self-sufficient: foraging, herbalism, and knitting. I've recently signed up for a doula class with Ancient Song Doula's so that I can assist a midwife with a natural home delivery or act as an advocate for a woman delivering in a hospital.
"The Permaculture Handbook" by Peter Bane; Geoff Lawton videos on YouTube; Toby Hemenway's "Gaia's Garden"; Elliot Coleman books; "The Survival Podcast" with Jack Spirko; and "The Permaculture Podcast" with Scott Mann.
I am the Co-Organizer for this group, and a member of the NYC chapter of the American Herbalist Guild.
Got interested in knowing where my food came from after watching "Food, Inc." Now very much interested in homesteading and small farming. I'd like to know how to transition to a more sustainable lifestyle.
Very focused and enthusiastic group of individuals. Love the information-sharing!