Justin planting/Anais doing laundry in handwasher [Courtesy of Melinda Brianna

“Those that can, do. Those that can’t, teach”

“There just aren’t any [permaculture] practitioners really, just teachers
…More folk like you, practitioners, are folk that we (that’s me and the other permies who agree) need in the fraternity. For many good reasons. The thing I cite most is the record keeping, yields etc. This stuff is invaluable for people like me, who are doing the evangelist bit.”

The above statement was written in an email by a UK reader who is feeling frustrated over the fact that there are more talkers than walkers in the permaculture movement.

I mentioned in a recent post that we were are constantly asked “why don’t you folks teach, go on a lecturing tour or give workshops – you could make a lot of money?” In fact, we feel that we “teaching” others by our example of walking the path – showing folks by living and not teaching concepts in front of an audience (though, there are some days, we do find ourselves on rare occasions to do so and there is a time & place for such sharing and “teaching” opportunities).   We’d like to think or consider ourselves “learners” on this sustainable path, doing our best at reducing our impact, being the change we wish to see, and living the revolution. Walking the path (one step at a time) each and every day (year after year after year) through deep valleys of hardships and peaks of success is a long and winding road that requires one to cover a lot of ground by actually putting one foot in front of the other.   I’d like to think of ourselves as pilgrims & practitioners on the path and our classroom is our backyard.

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  1. Gloria says:

    What an excellent site. I agree that teaching of this type by those actually living and recording the journey is valuble to those of us beginning to search for another way…Gloria

  2. Frugal-in Mexico says:

    I have read your Journal for years. I am a 75 yr old widow & grow Bananas,Mangos & veges. Thanks for the lessons you teach.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I have just stopped work for a tea break,I have been working in my garden,I am hot,tired and grubby,oh,and my hands are dirty!I FEEL GREAT!I am excited about this years anticipated growing season and all that it entails!All of you are ‘outstanding examples’ of ‘true pilgrims’,keep walking!

  4. chris brandow says:

    is that an APS self-watering seed starting kit that justin is planting in that picture?

  5. Anais says:

    Welcome! Thanks for all the comments. We love to hear from our readers.

    Chris, yes those ar the APS self-watering seed kits. We also use soil blocks.