Me and permaculture
some basic principles of permaculture
conserve - use only what is needed
stack - try to get the most out of each thing (plant. project, interaction.....?)
repeat functions - have a back up
Reciprocity - utilize the yeilds of each element to support other elements in the systems
Diversity - we create resilience by utilizing many elements
(really its all about me)
Permaculture principles are derived from observing nature. They are things we see happening in natural ecosystems that we want to copy. We observe nature and try to mimic what it does.
Can i develop the ability to judge when, where, how etc to do an intervention/non intervention by watching what happens in the streets trying to understand it and trying to mimic it?
so today i watched a little boy climb a tree on Alberquike Linz in Sao Paulo and asked if i could join him, then i saw a woman drinking coffe at a tiny street stand so i asked for a coffee and i saw she was eating so i treid my first ever tapioca and cheese pancake. i talked with the woman behind the stall and the elderly woman customer for quite a while. the stall woman is from Bahia and was born in Itabuna where the mestre of the mestre of my capoeira mestre comes from. They told me that Bahia has the best tapioca its not machine processed like this one. the customer said that bahia is romantic and that she went there 30 years ago and now she doesn´t have money to travel there. they said i looked like a model and were very nice and friendly to me - one of them said of course she does capoeira so why should she want to be a model. then i walked a bit and saw two men sitting on the pavement so i decided to join them. it says in the street training manual that you should share your food with people so i offered them some watermelon i had but they declined. The man with no legs sitting next to a wheelchair piled with cushions said that the building over there was run by jews and said something rude about jews. the guy with the shoe shine box said i must be very rich to travel here and back. he asked me if they have shoe shiners in england and i said no we need some. i asked the man with the wheelchair if he slept there and he said yes and i asked him if he slept well, he said yes he did. i said really you sleep well here? and i said i doń´t sleep well.
i watched ants encounter each other on the trunk of a tree later today at St Cecilia they check each other out before moving on and i watched a pigeon walking around eternally looking for crumbs. i lay down and tried to sleep on a half bench next to St cecilia metro; it was hard to let go and trust enough to actually fall asleep. Hard to stop thinking and drift off.
i´m going to try to apply the permaculture principles to street training that i do from now on.
also see SaoPauloStreetTraining