I met recently with a young man by the name of Braden Trauth, founder of www.this-land.org. What the? This Land? What in the world could that possibly be? Think "This land is your land, this land is my land..." but then think permaculture. Permaculture, you might be interested in knowing, is a design system that can create super healthy, super abundant environments that can eventually replace most of your food expenditures - in theory.
At a recent outdoor event nearby I picked up a copy of Edible Ohio Valley, a local magazine that had a booth at the fair. In the latest issue, Braden had an article published about permaculture. I read the article. It was good.
I checked out the This Land website and ended up contacting Braden, who came over to meet me and take a little tour of my property. We had some great discussions, ate some grapes that were close to being ripe that I picked from our Niagara vines, and discussed potential workshops that I might want to host and/or lead here on our land.
I found Braden to be an intelligent young man, full of knowledge, and very concerned about the welfare of others. Hailing from a well-to-do family of Cincinnati, at a fairly young age he seems to have had a bit of an epiphany regarding life, faith, and how to live that faith out in a tangible manner. In his case, helping others to create healthy, productive, natural environments via permaculture.
I'm all for that notion. I've been studying, researching, and trying to put into effect similar ideas here on my own bit of land in the Cincinnati area. My main problem is that I have neighbors, and those neighbors desire that my land look much like their land, dead, grassy, dandelion-less desert. To do such a thing is sort of anathema for the likes of me.
So, I'm hoping for a good year of business from here on out, to be able to sell this place and purchase a place with copious amounts of land, build a better house, and start creating a permaculture inspired system. I think it may be the only way into the future for humanity, although I also believe that we're approaching the final hour, before apocalyptic events kick in.
So if you stumble upon this blog post, and find that you’d like to know more, do more, give more, and potentially create such a living situation for yourself and/or others, contact me, via a comment on this post, Google +, or some other manner.