Permaculture Particulars

“If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.” was my favorite quote of the day.

Beams transverse our meeting space, giving us a solid structure, but they visually enable us to have the courage to move beyond the edge—to stop looking at the problems of society, and say, “The problems are the solution.” It felt great to spew problems out one after the other, but then having to connect the problems and look for the patterns in order to see the solutions. So I am learning to love the problems themselves—which puts me right out there at the edge and it’s a little scary there.

Creativity happens at the edge—where two ecosystems meet. If each of us here is an ecosystem, we certainly have a lot of creative juices as we meet and get to know each other. There is a diverse bunch of people, but connections are always made and commonalities found as we gather for those delightful organic meals. I’m imagining great creativity will be found as we start designing and using the strengths of these smart people around me.

I set up my tent on the edge. Well, the edge of the yurt, that is. I decided I wanted to borrow from that housing system in case I needed to hang a tarp from their railing. After getting the tent up and the air mattress blown up, a small feat, I decided that that was all the creativity I could stand for the evening—besides it wasn’t raining anymore.

So problem-solving, meeting people, and sleeping all on the edge means I’m not taking up too much space! But I may be having entirely too much fun—an extra yield. I’m off to start thinking about a whole new Permaculture Principle and how it will yield throughout this experience on the bluff over Homer.