Hold On To Your Vision


Rather than lecture or teach or do any of the things that I normally seem to do on the channel, I’d like to simply share some thoughts. They may be somewhat unorganized, but bear with me.

Most of the world has no understanding of Permaculture or Natural Farming.

This became clear to me when we began our site, here in Sicily.

We as Permaculture designers use strategies which are generations old. However, many of these strategies are unknown to the generations still living. The impact of technology in farming has been so profound that it has all but eliminated common sense and time saving techniques. In the past, rain was harvested at the high point of the land. From that height it was allowed to flow down via gravity to the land below.

Now people just buy an electric pump.

The poetry of the farm is dead.

So it should come as no surprise that we feel alone in our quest.

That was certainly the case for me when we moved here.

I do not want to be negative. Nor do I want to discourage you as Permaculture designers. However, I need to caution you of the fact that the road you are walking can be isolating.

There just aren’t that many people doing this stuff.

It’s lonely in the beginning.

People won’t get it.

And you may feel very, very alone.

But don’t give up.

Hold on to your vision.

Over time, as the plants begin to grow, it gets less lonely.

The plants keep you company. The living things with which you fill your space. They become your friends and companions.

The animals too!

It’s been that way for me.

Where there was once a blank slate, life springs into action.

And when the plants come, the people begin to see. Because then it’s not only you who is talking, but also Nature. She does the convincing for you. Her expression is undeniable. And those who once doubted, begin to see.

But you must stay the course for any of this to come true.

Or else it won’t.

Life will just be filled with more electric pumps.

So don’t give up.


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  1. This is our promise to you John, we would never give up. This conviction can’t be bargained with because once we get it, it is like being gravity-less. This kind of flying feels o! so right, so light, and so very satisfying. Going back to being a city rat is just not an option. If I allow any fantasy to take me to a place where things could become unbearable politically let’s say where we are, I would rather go to North Pole than back to the gold cage of convenience, luxuries and the illusion of security. Nothing, absolutely nothing feels better from knowing how Nature works. Her wisdom is what I am only interested to listen to from now on. It is unbelievably entertaining too. Every aspect of our life, especially health is part of this system. We have not had a health insurance in 16 years, and we would never sign up for it again. This approach to health alone is a river worth someday to chronicle its tangible results against the predicted impossibilities. Not one ivy league dissertation can tip over this equilibrium I trust. This is the only freedom I am after. Do we still have pumps? yes. Did I feel smarter that they are solar? aha! but even this sense of smartness is fading after a decade of climbing our Kilimanjaro. Do we still use some technologies, mechanical tools and plastic ? we do. I am not proud of it, but I also know that we are staring from Zero. We are not the beneficiaries of the generations passing to us mature trees, healthy soils and especially the practice of listening to Nature. So I remind myself to be kind to ourselves. We do the best we can within the abilities we have. With every step up, the horizons widen exponentially. The freedom from anybody’s ridicules, bashing, parting ways, from dumping ballast provides the energy to keep going. Knowing you are there doing what you are doing is enough for us to feed our appetite for a better world. Thank you John for being.

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