I had a little break over the weekend, but am back with yet more inspiration for all things community and sustainability and general fabulousness, inspired by the Big Lunch Extra’s Swindon Roadshow.
We were lucky enough to have a mini workshop/presentation from Gary at Foragers Farm all about permaculture.
Now the word permaculture kind of freaks me out a bit.
I see quite a few adverts for permaculture courses and diplomas, and I kind of thought that if something needs a diploma to teach you all you need to know, then it must be pretty complicated.
But it’s not!
If you Google “What is permaculture?”, you get a long list of pretty baffling definitions. Gary gave a really simple one that I can’t remember exactly, but it was something like “living lightly on the earth”. And in my Googling, I came up with this one which I like too: “Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against, nature”.
So not really so scary after all!
I first met Gary six and a but years ago when he was the “Nappy Man” for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, and he came round to our house one evening armed with a bucket full of sample cloth nappies for me to try out on a very new and very tiny BigSmall. I’ve then bumped into him lots since, in his various roles at the Trust, but I was super excited to hear about his new venture, Foragers Farm.
Gary has taken the brave leap from a secure pay check and a full time job, and followed his dream, and has set up his very own community farm in the village of Hanging Langford, not too far from Salisbury.
The farm is being run along permaculture principles, ie working with the land, and treading lightly.
Gary has been busy building compost toilets and hugelkulturs and stocking the farm with livestock.
And I am sooooo excited by this, and actually a teeny bit jealous..!
I’m telling you all this not because I want you to go and visit Gary’s farm (although I do-it looks amazing, and there are some great events over the Summer for small people, AND I think Gary is planning a Compost Toilet workshop soon!) but because I was so inspired by Gary following his dream.
A dream that benefits not only him and his family, but the community they live in, and the wider world too.
And it’s kind of my dream too (although not hubbys. Therein lies one of the big problems with my dream..!).
I love seeing someone “feel the fear and do it anyway”.
It kind of affirms to me that it is possible. It can be done.
And that makes me smile 🙂