“This new report considers a number of policy options and investments that would help advance a circular economy and benefit the climate and job market.” Read the full article.
What is a circular economy? It’s recycling on a global scale… output from one industry powers another, reusing valuable materials that are currently being thrown away as more is extracted. Find out more here.
There are many books about money out there, how to make it, how to save it, and how to spend it wisely. One of the best is Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin. Her approach to money is more about mentality, scarcity vs. abundance, than numbers and gimmicks. She eloquently describes the traps that people get caught in thinking about money. She explains how you can adjust your thinking from worrying about not having enough to intentionally deciding how your time and energy is invested in meeting your needs an desires. This is an essential skill to have to be financially sustainable. This book is a game changer for many. There is also an audio version that is equally amazing. Building a better relationship with money is a core component of Financial Permaculture. Learn more about this book and Vicki Robin’s new book about eating sustainably at her website vickirobin.com.
The Plant in Chicago has re-purposed a 93,500 square foot industrial building into an incubator for sustainable food production businesses. It houses demonstration farms, education facilities, and 125 good jobs for the community. They are exemplifying the principles of Financial Permaculture by cycling energy and resources between businesses, stacking functions, and creating financial intimacy among a group of business owners and the community. Their business model combines a Non-Profit and a For-Profit to provide flexibility in raising funds, accounting for profits, and sharing resources. In many ways, this is a great example of a Regenerative Enterprise. Visit their website to see their Current Tenents, Classes and Workshops, and Events.
Edible forest gardens produce delicious food while imitating natural forest ecosystems. Trees, shrubs, herbs, vines, groundcovers and fungi can combine to form healthy edible ecosystems. Design and plant selection help provide fertility, control of weeds and pests, and more.
How can you design an edible garden that works like a healthy ecosystem? Learn simple guidelines, based on real experience, for designing mixed-species polycultures of useful perennials. Small-group design exercises will give you the tools to create productive harvests and positive relationships between plants in your forest garden.
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Eric Toensmeier has studied and practiced permaculture since 1990. He has spent much of his adult life exploring edible and useful plants of the world and their use in perennial agroecosystems. Eric’s recent work is to promote perennial farming systems as a multipurpose carbon-sequestering strategy.
Mario Yanez, Earth Learning Director, Permaculture Designer & Farmer
This Thursday morning, Earth Learning‘s Director, Mario Yanez, will be doing a live interview with Transitions Sarasota on WSLR 96.5 FM in Sarasota. Listen in as they discuss details that are emerging in preparation for the 2014 Local Food Enterprise Summit. Including what financial permaculture can offer in our efforts to model sustainability, resilience and steps that everyone can take toward solving some of the big questions we face when it comes to food access.
Please call in and add your voice to the discussion if you have questions or comments. The live web radio broadcast will be aired Thursday, May 15 from 9-10 am EDT at Truly Sustainable Sarasota on WSLR 96.5. The studio line for on-air calls is (941) 954-8636.
For more information, schedule and registration information for the Local Food Enterprise (LiFE) Summit, visit www.financialpermaculture.com. Hurry, advance registration will soon be closed!