[permaculture] North American Permaculture History Project

Toby Hemenway toby at patternliteracy.com
Thu Apr 17 21:32:42 EDT 2014

Though the Activist is a good place to start, I know that there are many teachers in NA that haven't listed there. I haven't listed my PDCs there for several years, and I know of several other active older teachers, and a large number of younger ones, who don't list their courses there. So I think Lawrence's suggestion of Google archive searches will be necessary to get accurate results.

But there are also some PDCs being taught at universities by faculty that never get advertised off-campus at all, so you'll miss those teachers. Several were taught at Pacific University by faculty who never taught elsewhere.

Permaculture is starting to get too big to keep track of. That's a good thing.

Good luck, tho--keep pluggin' away!


On Apr 16, 2014, at 10:08 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. 
> 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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