August 30 to September 3, 2018, I attended the second Indigenous Wisdom and Permaculture Skills Convergence (IWPSC) at the Oglala Lakota Cultural & Economic Revitalization Initiative (OLCERI) on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. It was a very eye- and heart-opening experience, and it's taken a while for me to wrap my head around it. Here are my notes from the sessions, with some commentary.
Author's note: It's generally accepted that the reason aerobic microbes weren't around to prevent the Great Oxygenation Event is because they hadn't evolved yet. It's very convenient that they evolved just in the nick of time to save all life on earth from going extinct. But I got to thinking, what if they had evolved earlier, and they just weren't invited to the party? Then the story starts to seem very familiar...
In June we sold our urban farm in Kansas, and we are now in the process of moving to Omaha, but it's not yet clear what that means for the Interdependent Web business. We incorporated in Kansas, so that LLC will need to be closed, but it may not make sense to incorporate a new LLC in Nebraska until we've settled on a new business model. We intend to work closely with Omaha Permaculture to meet unmet needs and reduce waste in the local ecosystem, but what that looks like remains to be seen. Stay tuned!
It's been almost 10 years since we moved into our house in Emporia, Kansas. Here's what I posted about my goals for the garden on January 8, 2009 (links updated):
(Originally published on Blue Boat Home, 4/27/2009)
The most common question that Jessie and I got about our house during the winter was, "What exactly are you doing in the front yard?" They'd never seen anyone intentionally bury the yard in 6-12 inches of leaves before. Here's what we were doing, and why, and what worked and what didn't.
In 2016 I was the final president of the Emporia Gardeners of America before it disbanded and became the unincorporated group Gardeners of Emporia.
Here's an album of photos from tours and events during that time.
We toured Ecovillage at Ithaca on a drizzly day in May. They are a notable example of a Scandinavian-style cohousing community in the US.
View an album of photos from our visit.
I've been active in the Kansas Permaculture Institute since 2013. They do an annual farm tour which is always worth attending.
See an album of photos from KPI events I've attended.