Hi, this is Geoff.

We’re in the middle of our on-the-ground PDC here at the farm. Meeting new students and sharing with them some of what I’ve learned over the past 30+ years is one of the great passions of my life.

I invite everyone reading this to come visit us on the farm at some point in your life – for a course, a farm tour, or just to see how we live and say hello. I love our farm. It’s the product of years of daily nurturing and tending to, an example of what’s possible when permaculture principles are put into action; above all, it’s our home, a home that that we’re delighted to share with like-minded friends who are committed to being caretakers of this delightful ball of green, blue, and brown floating in the vast expanse of space, one tiny plot of land at a time…

Sorry for waxing on poetically — as you can tell, I really love this place 🙂

As of now, this particular course is closed, but we have two more farm PDCs later this year (and a “Permaculture in Action” practical training less than 2 weeks away – we *DO* have some spots still available for that if you can get here quickly 🙂

And if you can’t travel or would prefer to learn from the comfort of your home, I’m happy to announce that we will soon be sharing information about our 2018 Online PDC 2.0 (24 weeks, over 700 instructional videos, a thriving student-only community, and 24/7 support from a team of talented teaching assistants). We’re aiming to start it sometime this quarter (i.e. to start before the end of June and have it run all the way through the end of 2018), so keep an eye on your inbox for additional information.

And if you already know that this is something you want to do, click here to add your name to our priority-invite list. Those of you on the priority-invite list will be able to enroll several weeks before everyone else, get early access to the course before we open it to the general public, AND enjoy an “early bird discount.” Again, click here and we’ll add you to the list.

Without further ado, let’s jump into this week’s Friday Five…

New video! Compost worm farming: Everyone loves the idea of an organic garden, but how do you make incredible fertilizer (solid and liquid) using food scraps and…worms? This new 8 minute video that I just posted in The Permaculture Circle (TPC) will walk you through every step of the way. (Note: Those of you not enrolled in TPC can do so quickly and for free here). You’ll then be able to view the full video right away, as well as 100+ other video / media resources all housed under one roof. And if you already signed up for the free TPC but forgot your login details, you can click here, scroll to the bottom, and click on “Forgot your password?”  

Great reading list: Taylor Pearson, the author of the following list, said it best: “Developing a basic understanding (and a sense of intuition) around how complex systems work may be the most important things I’ve learned in the last five years. Complex systems are any system with many different components that interact with each other. They are characterized by the phrase ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.’” See Taylor’s list here, then jump into the books themselves at your convenience.

Land-as-insurance: Speaking of  complex systems, my good mate Rob Avis put together an absolutely wonderful 3-part series that he titled, “Land as Insurance.” In it, he explores (among other things) Nassim Talib’s concept of “anti-fragile” as it relates to uncertainty in today’s world and the role that land (and permaculture) can play in allaying many of these fears. If you prefer audio over text (or just like both!) here is an insightful conversation around the same topic that took place between Rob and another permaculture visionary, Diego Footer of Permaculture Voices.

Article of the week: It’s called “Patagonia vs. Donald Trump,” and the sub-title reads like a 30-second Hollywood elevator pitch: “We all knew the legendary outerwear company Patagonia lived and breathed the adventurous life. We knew they cared about the environment. But it wasn’t till Trump came along that we realized they were ready to fight.” Need I say more? Regardless of your politics, this is a wonderful read.

In case you missed it: A few pieces of interest this week from our sister site, the non-profit Permaculture Research Institute:

If you enjoy these posts, be sure to bookmark the site as several new articles go up weekly, or check out thousands of other past articles, here.  

That’s it for the Friday Five. As always, if you have any comment / reactions / or a different point of view, please share below.

Cheers, and have a great week,

Your friend,


PS: That 8-minute video on worm farms I mentioned above also briefly tells you the two things that you should *never* include in your scraps. Can you guess what those two things are? See the video here if you’re already a member of TPC (or sign up free here).

And if you want to be added to our priority-notice list for the upcoming 2018 Online PDC 2.0 (and enjoy priority enrollment, early access, and a modest “early bird” discount), you can do so here.