We are asked to take a moment. Lower your hand to the ground. Run your fingers through the dry grass or press them into the loose clay. Pick out small fragments of wood, stone, and chaff, and roll them across your palm. Wherever you are from, and whether you hold an intimate knowledge of your ancestors or not, turn your mind to those who came before you—who are responsible in a literal way for your being here today. On what land did they live? How did they interact, inform, a
Everything is process. Fittingly, the 13th International Permaculture Conference begins while the systems of its organization continue taking form. All around are the moving pieces of a complex organism four years in the making—and arriving now are the hundreds of global citizens—representing 63 countries—drawn by the principle of exchange.
One enters the conference via India, a country with a vast history and depth of contribution to environmental design. Here, at the lit