Bill Mollison died this past weekend

a co-founder of permaculture. crusty and very funny teller of stories, tells it like it is in his videos (some he rambles and goes off on tangents and may never come back :) ). he was not religious so i will not say RIP, but instead i hope he was returned to the earth in some way that he would have liked.
like anyone who's actually into science and the ideas behind permaculture he was not ever into blind followers, instead he always wanted people to challenge his ideas and find new ways of doing what needs to be done.
here are a few quotes from him showing his humor and attitude:
“I confess to a rare problem gynekinetophobia, or the fear of women falling on me but this is a rather mild illness compared with many affluent suburbanites, who have developed an almost total zoophobia, or fear of anything that moves. It is, as any traveller can confirm, a complaint best developed in the affluent North American, and it seems to be part of blue toilet dyes, air fresheners, lots of paper tissues, and two showers a day.”
“To create a mess in which we perish by our own inaction makes nonsense of our claim to consciousness and morality”
“To accumulate wealth, power or land beyond one's needs in a limited world is to be truly immoral, be it as an individual, an institution, or a nation-state.”
“Few people today muck around in earth, and when on international flights, I often find I have the only decently dirty fingernails.”
“Most biologists, (says Vogel, 1981) seem to have heard of the boundary layer, but they have a fuzzy notion that it is a discrete region, rather than the discrete notion that it is a fuzzy region.”
cheers Bill, you rocked,
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wrote:

I've never described what I do on my property as Permaculture (I have an aversion to belonging to movements), but that's what I am doing here, basically. I'd just prefer to call it common sense.

Yes, he certainly did.
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Jeßus wrote: ...

most of what methods they speak about are covered in other disciplines, the differences are in the ethics.
what i am doing here is very simplified in comparison. no chickens, no cattle, no fruit trees and since the property isn't mine i have to work around the management's ideas.
still, even with all those constraints the garden soils have kept improving and we're getting good results.
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