The Fall 2015 edition of Permaculture Design magazine was just released featuring a major article by our head instructor, Alan Booker.
The article, titled Permaculture in Succession: From Pioneer Species to Climax Ecosystem, discusses the challenges of gaining wide-spread adoption of sustainable and regenerative design strategies in highly developed communities where laws and regulations often make it difficult to make changes, even for the better. Alan notes that Permaculture has a long track-record of great design successes in the disturbed edges of the modern world, in places where there has been social or environmental disruption that created a great need for smart solutions to be implemented quickly. The bigger challenge is in changing the climate of opinion in more developed areas so that good design is not just tolerated, but actively encouraged.
Alan uses the analogy of plants competing in the various phases of ecosystem succession to examine approaches that might help us get better design approaches to be the favored species in the cultural “old-growth forests” of established major cities and suburban landscapes.
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