[permaculture] North American Permaculture History Project

Lawrence London lfljvenaura at gmail.com
Wed Apr 16 12:32:17 EDT 2014

On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 11:08 AM, Michael Pilarski <
friendsofthetrees at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Historical List - Proposal by Michael
> Pilarski
> There hasn’t been a list of PDC
> teachers for the US and Canada since John Irwin’s 1998 American
> Permaculture Directory. It listed most of the PDC
> teachers at the time plus many PDC graduates and other useful resources.
> I propose we do something spectacular
> along these lines at the NAPC (North American Permaculture Convergence). If
> even half of us brought a special contribution or snippet of information,
> it
> would add up to a lot.  Of course there
> are lots of internet resources, but I don’t think anyone has compiled a
> list of
> PDC teachers.
> Here
> is my proposal.  Someone(s) goes through all 91 issues (as of Spring 2014)
> of the Permaculture Activist. Make a data base
> which lists every PDC instructor mentioned in the Events and Calendar
> sections.
> Start at Issue #1 and work up. Enter the first year that a PDC instructor’s
> name appears. Add each following year that their name appears.  Print it
> out.  That would give us a list of PDC instructors, the year they started
> teaching, the last year they taught and how many years their name
> appeared.  Personally, I would be
> fascinated to read the list.

Why not ask the Activist for this list if they have created one; maybe it
is online at their site.

Be sure to search the archives for this list for that information. Use the
Google site: command in the search box - you might be surprised at the

Here are suggested search strings appended to the basic command (this goes
in the Google search box and not in the URL dialog box):

site: lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/permaculture pdc
site: lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/permaculture pdc course
site: lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/permaculture pdc instructor
site: lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/permaculture permaculture course
site: lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/permaculture permaculture instructor
site: lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/permaculture permaculture pdc
site: lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/permaculture permaculture pdc instructor

> Of course, not all PDC instructors
> advertise through the PC Activist,
> but it would be a darn good start.  We
> can post this print-out at the NAPC and people can help fill in the missing
> pieces.  After the NAPC add in the new
> names and post on-line for everyone to view.  This could be further added
> to and edited if someone wants to take this
> on as a continuing history project. Most courses (but not all) in the USA
> and
> Canada list in the Activist. PDCs in
> Mexico do not get into the Activist,
> by and large. Who can fill in that part of the directory?
> I do have a complete set of the Permaculture Activist back issues, but
> it is currently boxed in storage. Anyone willing to collaborate on this
> project
> please contact me at friendsofthetrees at yahoo.com
> - Michael Pilarski
> PS. This is part of a larger North American Permaculture History Project.
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Lawrence F. London
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