creatures of place

p: cultures that foreground ecological knowledge and background technology are the ones that are truly sustainable and we do the complete opposite.. t.. we are creatures of place and if we don’t become creatures of place again we will absolutely annihilate every place for every species

p: permaculture is a way to have a connection back w the things that make living possible


3 min – m: that was a big moment.. just realizing what we didn’t need and what we could go w/o (bit by bit) ..t..  ie: we don’t need plastic.. and the we don’t need supermarkets.. and then cars..

agri surplus

p: the avg cost of australian car costs around $15 000 a year.. and avg australian house holder has 2 cars.. so effectively 30 000 a year on car use

5 min – p: going w/o is actually saying yes to other things.. going w/o cars means i don’t have to be a full time builder like i was 10 yrs ago.. i can stay at home.. grow vegetables.. co homeschool

m: i work 2 days a week for david holmgren


holmgren indigenous law

6 min – p: our household income is under 30 000 .. so lower than the poverty line..  and we feel we live extremely richly..  because we have time..  at the moment our bank is our wood pile.. and our cellar.. and our seed bank.. and things like that.. but our knowledge bank.. can never be taken away

p: so teaching our kids the most important economy is relationships and our knowledges..  and those relationships/knowledges have nothing whatsoever to do w money.. makes us extremely resilient for the things we face in the future.. and therefore we feel empowered

7 min – p: so money to us is not wealth at all.. wealth is time.. time richness.. family/community time.. and accruing knowledges

money less ness

p: we haven’t eaten out of the supermarket.. industrialized food system.. for 8-9 yrs

m: we can’t be self sufficient here on a 1/4 acre.. and even if we could we wouldn’t want to be.. we talk about it in terms of community sufficiency.. not self sufficiency.. so.. there’s lots of bartering and gift exchanges.. we’re members of a food coop

8 min – m: each day is an adventure.. w a child in the house.. i said to him the other day.. ‘how did it feel to be you be living your life’  and he said.. ‘mom.. it was beautiful..’.. having a child to remind you.. yes we’re exhausted at the end of each day from working so hard.. but just having that childlike wonder as a reminder

9 min – p: there’s no doubting our privilege in this situation.. to have 1/ acre of land.. i think the responsibility.. people who have historic privilege have.. is to live better.. to pay attention/respect to local culture.. live responsibility.. positive carbon impacts.. look after the world and plant for the next generation..

10 min – m: this is not for everybody this is just how we’re choosing to live and how we’re responding to the world

p: that’s really important .. that we are just a response to the predicament of our time..


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Bicycling, gardening, foraging & fermenting the neo-peasant economies & other ecological adventures. Authors of ‘The Art of Free Travel’.

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Patrick Jones (born 1970) is a public speaker, environmental commentator, and author of Words & Things(2004), A Free-dragging Manifesto (2008) and The Art of Free Travel (2015), which he co-authored with Meg Ulman.

Jones infrequently travels to speak and share his work at festivals, conferences and other events. He is a pioneer of arts practice that participates in what it represents which he calls “permanent making”, or “permapoesis – an antidote to disposibility culture. Influenced by permaculture ethics and principles, Jones began to merge his biophysical art, performance, land art and poetry with permaculture design principles in 2008. The garden-home Jones and Ulman are making in Daylesford is a performative, social and teaching environment of food and energy production demonstrating the arts and crafts of what they call neopeasant economics. They have built small dwellings to host and mentor what they call SWAPs (social warming artists and permaculturists), their version of WWOOFing. Jones and Ulman are community gardeners who organise events and visiting speakers to Daylesford. In 2015 they co-authored The Art of Free Travel (NewSouth), about their collective, Artist as Family’s, 14 month bicycle trip up the east coast of Australia, guerrilla camping and documenting all the free foods that can be procured by foraging, hunting, fishing, gleaning and bartering. The Art of Free Travel was shortlisted for an ABIA award in 2016. Jones’ radical call-to-ecology poem, Step by step, was awarded runner-up of the 2011 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets. Poet-academic, Peter Minter, writing on Jones’s poem, states that “Jones forces us to grapple with a specific set of poethical considerations: how does language-use contribute to the violence of colonisation and machineries and economies of ecological destruction?”