Excerpt from Karryn Olson-Ramanujan's (Seeds Sustainability Consulting) article "A Pattern Language for Women in Permaculture," published in Permaculture Activist:
"Most of the women I’ve encountered in permaculture note analogous patterns: often, women constitute 50% or more of the participants in PDCs, yet occupy disproportionately few of the positions of leadership and prominence in lucrative roles, such as designers, teachers, authors, speakers, or 'permaculture superstars'.”
Click HEREto hear Karryn Olson-Ramanujan discuss the article on Scott Mann's The Permaculture Podcast.
JOHN D. LIU
An excerpt from "China Experiment in Permaculture Offers World Hope" by Kaley Perkins about John D. Liu:
"China is the most populous and possibly one of the most diverse nations on the planet, with a population of over 1.3 billion people and 56 ethnic groups. What each one of those people shares with the rest of the world, regardless of political, linguistic, economic, and existential differences, is the complete and utter dependence on the ability to find food. In China’s Loess Plateau, sustained generational farming had depleted the soil, leaving in its wake a textured landscape of dust.
"When winds came, the dust blew into cities, compromising air quality. In the rains, it washed down the valley, depositing more of the silt that gives the Yellow River its name. In 1995, scientists and engineers surveyed the land of the Loess Plateau in an attempt to determine what was causing the once fertile belt to be a thorn in the country’s. The results of their study led to an experiment in permaculture in China that offers hope to the world."