[permaculture] Why is permaculture more about selling books, DVDs and training courses?
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Wed Jun 24 09:55:41 EDT 2009
This is exactly the reason we stopped doing design courses & focussed
instead on setting up a demonstration & intern program. We found the
majority of folks in our circle could never afford to buy a copy of the
Permaculture big book or a lot of the other books for that matter, let alone
have the resources to attend a design course. Yes there are such things as
work exchange etc in order to go to a course, but you can't put on a course
with top-notch talent & make the financials work if everyone is doing a work
Our efforts have gone into networking, setting up a nursery to spread free
or very cheap plant material locally & integrating permaculture into the
very active & vital organic farming scene that we have here in the driftless
bioregion, tho a lot of organic farmers are really a hard sell because they
are still operating by very old outdated paradigms.
On Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 12:16 AM, Suraj Kumar <suraj at sunson.in> wrote:
> I get the feeling that the permaculture movement has morphed into a
> market place to sell books, DVDs and training courses related to
> permaculture than a platform for sharing techniques and allowing
> humans to live closer to nature in a simpler way. Many a material I
> find on the internet are incomplete and keep referring to "Stuff to
> Buy" or "Courses to Take". Just search for permaculture on youtube and
> that's what you find. Any site claiming to be a "permaculture" site
> talks about doing a course.
> Or am I mistaken? I'd love to be corrected if I'm mistaken.
> I remember some noble soul here who had setup permaculture.info - that
> is great! WTG! But, why do the 'experts' end up locking themselves
> into seclusion and not share their knowledge?
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