I came to permaculture, in a very convoluted way, through my friend Ali Sharif, (a late renowned permaculture activist and organizer, working in Mozambique, Africa). We became friends when I was helping him find a small farm to purchase, and later to remodel an old adobe house.
One day Ali asked me to watch his place while he went to a training program called permaculture. Ali didn’t make clear what this training was all about, and I agreed to take care of his home.
Scott PittmanFounding a Journey Through Permaculture
A couple years ago I had a conversation with a woman who started a phenomenal affordable housing program in Utah using education and natural building as her means. I asked about the story of how she got there. Was she in construction? Was she an educator? She was a mortgage officer for a bank. She got tired of turning people down who didn’t qualify for a home loan due to low income, and knew personally what it was like to not have a consistent home as a child growing up in Cincinnati.
Jason GerhardtAn Unlikely Journey to Permaculture: we all have a story, and why it matters
Permaculture teacher, designer, do-er. Jason Gerhardt has professionally applied ecological design for over 15 years from hyper-arid deserts to lush temperate forests to dense urban centers. He applies a keen study of ecosystems, human culture, and design to this blog.
Permaculture Institute Inc co-founder and original permaculturist. Scott has been teaching Permaculture globally for over 30 years. Full of wisdom and astonishing stories from the beginnings, Scott cares deeply about upholding the highest qualities of Permaculture.