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6 Oct

Weekend Link Love – 21-Day Challenge Edition

Weekend Link LoveThis year’s 21-Day Challenge contests are winding down, but there are one or two left that you can still enter. Check them all out here and get your entries in before the deadlines!

One more thing: I’ve got a pair of tickets to the largest permaculture conference in the world, Permaculture Voices, and I want to give them away to a deserving reader. If you’re a permaculture student, enthusiast, or small-time farmer, this could be a great opportunity to see such lauded speakers as Michael Pollan, Allan Savory, Joel Salatin, and Geoff Lawton. So leave a comment below telling us why you want and deserve to go, and then my team and I will pick a winner.

UPDATE: Wow. So many deserving people and so few free tickets! In the end, I held a random drawing to select the two winners from those that expressed interest in attending the event. If you haven’t received an email from my team I’m sorry to say you haven’t won. I wish all of you the best in your permaculture adventures. Grok on!

For those who don’t win, you can use the coupon code dailyapple to knock the price of a ticket down to $710 from $960. Good until 10/31/13.

Relevant Research

If you’re still having trouble fitting your workouts into a busy day because they take too long, perhaps this news will make things easier: in recreational strength trainees, performing a single set of resistance training was just as effective as performing three sets for strengthening the upper body.

And if you’re doing “cardio,” it doesn’t take much to get the good stuff. Just six sessions of high intensity interval training was enough to improve fitness and increase mitochondrial density and function in the muscle.

Helpful Blog Posts

Need a new fitness routine? Hit a stall? Stuck in a rut? Dr. Andro explains why undulating your periodization might lead to better gains – and a renewed sense of purpose.

Fuel For the Fire

If your Challenge is to eat fewer carbs, you’re in good company. A Swedish expert committee has just concluded that low-carb diets are the most effective for weight loss in the short term. Make sure you stick with it, though; due to non-compliance, long term dieting (low-carb or otherwise) doesn’t seem to work for most people.

No, Burger King did not just come out with a healthy French fry. No, the Satisfries are not allowable during the Challenge. Sorry.

You may be avoiding GMOs, but I think we can all wholeheartedly (or begrudgingly) accept these GMO trees as safe – and awesome.

Contest Sponsor Discounts

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Ever worked out with a dedicated training sandbag? Now’s your chance: at Ultimate Sandbag use promo code primalusb to receive 15% off any purchase through 10/31/13.

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The Sling Trainer from Aerobis is a versatile training tool that you can take with you anywhere – and until 10/15/13, MDA2013 will get you 15% off your whole order.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Oct 6 – Oct 12)

Comment of the Week

Thanks to each and everyone of you, especially to the ones who voted for me.
Congratulations to the amazing GrokStar, (the third year competing!) to the funniest and cutest Los Flinstones (enhorabuena, Robert!) and of course to everyone who submitted a video, I know the great amount of work it requires…
And of course, thanks to Mark and the work bees for this great challenge, and for everything they share here to make us healthier and happier!

Gotta love that Nacho Rubio.

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. Oh wow, would love to go to Permaculture Voices! My wife and I quit our corporate desk jobs to intern with friends on their organic farm and learn permaculture design (we were eating Primal/paleo on a vegan farm, made for some interesting conversations). We determined that sitting in a cubicle all day wasn’t good for us (where have I read about that?) and that we wanted to do something physical that nourished our bodies and minds. Winding down our 2nd year growing, getting ready for winter and planning for next year. Permaculture and ancestral living were a natural fit in our minds.

    Travis wrote on October 6th, 2013
    • We’re doing this too. Makes perfect sense. : )

      Madama Butterfry wrote on October 7th, 2013
  2. It’s funny how people react when you go into the little neighborhood gym (as a 45 yo woman) and start doing your sprints and 1 set of heavy lifting. (OK,OK, so mine wasn’t that heavy :) ). I got so much advice about how I was just going to hurt myself until they saw my gains. One guy who thought my workout wasn’t going to work ended up saying, “why do you want to be so big?” (Of course I wasn’t getting big, either.)

    So I’m not surprised that 1 set was as effective as 3. That’s what I’ve been doing all along due to time constraints. The only time I work out is when my daughter is in dance class.

    Debbie wrote on October 6th, 2013
  3. Attending Permaculture Voices would be a dream come true. I have been researching this subject for the last three years and plan to make a career transition to it in 2015. To be able to listen to and question the experts I have been reading and watching (youtube) to is an opportunity I greatly desire to capitalize on. I have implemented some of the practices in my 1-acre suburban yard and am excited about the potential I’ve seen.

    Charles wrote on October 6th, 2013
  4. Great links this week. And that clafoutis looks yummy! I might have to try that. :-)

    Primal Praxis wrote on October 6th, 2013
    • You should definitely try it!

      It is our go-to dish for so many different reasons, and we’ve really enjoyed adapting it over time. I’m really into the savoury versions too – olive and tuna is my current favourite!

      Keith Porter wrote on October 6th, 2013
  5. Applying permaculture to a few acres is the next phase in my life. Attending a conference would be sweet.

    Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on October 6th, 2013
    • Sounds like primal/paleo is helping to ‘infect’ the millions of brains Paul Wheaton is aspiring towards. If only Wheaton’d go full primal…

      Madama Butterfry wrote on October 7th, 2013
  6. Not for me, but for my folks. They are in their late 50s and 60s and in their 3rd year of trying to get their organic farm in IA off the ground. They have put a lot of money in and more work than you’d think anyone could do and still haven’t made much out of it. Folks in rural mid-west just aren’t typically expecting to pay higher prices for organic/sustainably raised & there’s a lot of competition. A nearby organic farm we thought was doing really well just went bankrupt so they’re feeling really discouraged right now.
    They are, however, really big organic farming geeks and are really into Eliot Coleman and deep organic stuff. They love what they’re doing, but not sure if they will be able to continue… I’d love for them to go to the conference and meet some great people, make some connections, share their experiences, and maybe get a little “affirmation” that what they’re doing is awesome.

    Sabrina wrote on October 6th, 2013
    • What do they grow and where can I buy it?

      Ed wrote on October 6th, 2013
    • Unfortuneately, farming is not an easy business to make a profit. Organic restrictions make it even harder.

      Ironically in places were land is expensive, it might be easier to make a profit. Usually those places are close to the large urban areas where people can afford to pay higher prices for food. Oraganics in the rural mid-west will be a hard sell on many levels, including generally lower incomes.

      AmyHere wrote on October 7th, 2013
  7. I think I’m definitely going to have to make those thyme braised short ribs.

    Matt wrote on October 6th, 2013
  8. I wish I could put some photos in here. I would include photos of our aquaponics with the veggies on the top and the tilapia nearing eating stage on the bottom. I would also include the 35 spaghetti squash I harvested yesterday, the 5 gallons of tomatillos, the 5 watermelons, the 20 geese and 25 ducks. Along with the row of leeks, the kale, the collards and tomatoes. I also might take some photos of my blueberry bushes that are under my picture window – where I ripped out the spiky evergreen bush that was really only a fire waiting to happen.

    But you might ask, “Why does she need this class? It sounds like she is set up already!” To which i would answer that…I am not. I rely on irrigation from the nearby Yakima River. We live in a dessert and very little of what I do is actually natural to the area. I know I can’t give up my irrigation unless I only want to grow sage brush (smells so yummy!) and tumble weed (only good for burning after it is stuck to fences) but I would love to get closer to natural that what I currently have. I have attended some workshops on the West Side (Seattle/Tacoma side of the state) but they only really focus on the climate that they have there. I am hoping a can get a bit of help for the climate I have…to make things easier and more sustainable for myself and my family.

    CrazyCatLady wrote on October 6th, 2013
  9. Ha, glad to see the lorien like trees! This was a piece done last year or further back, but nothing came of the original research [even though it’s free lighting across the world] because, and I quote ‘we’ve already created lightbulbs so I don’t see the point of this.’ That was the response of the woman in charge of the study. Moron.
    I was so happy when they got on kickstarter to fund some of the seeds and sell them [annoyed they won’t ship to the UK though].

    dan wrote on October 6th, 2013
  10. I am a college student in middle GA working to make my DREAM of owning land and a sustainable permaculture farm a reality! I’ve been working and learning on a 100% off-the-grid, closed-loop homestead farm with the wisest hippie I have ever met, who lives directly off her permaculture land with little money and a huge heart. I mean hell, we compost our own poop and I lived in a hand-made clay and glass bottle walled shack.
    I’ll always be poor but money isn’t what I’m after; the freedom of self-reliance and beauty of permaculture farming is all I desire – plus, the health benefits of eating “paleo/primally” through local crops. I want to raise grass-fed, pastured, and whole-heartedly loved livestock and educate folks on the importance of a healthy food system. A friend of mine and I are working on the Real Food Challenge at our college campus to bring sustainable, local, ecologically sound food to students and change the food system for the better. I believe food is the answer to ALL problems, health-wise and environmentally too!
    I would DIE to learn more about permaculture – these people are my role models!
    This is so much my life. I had a dream about swimming with a cow in the ocean a couple nights ago, not gonna lie. I only eat local meats and absolutely love the “paleo” template, though don’t do it for the “caveman-esque” qualities but for the health benefits it brings me and the environment.

    Lena White wrote on October 6th, 2013
    • Sorry to be a double poster / life story dumper here, but I gotta say more.
      Even if I’m not considered, PLEASE please consider the woman who taught me everything who runs the homestead. She works every day of her life for the wwoof’ers who come through to learn and the people, animals, and community she loves. She doesn’t have a lot of money and at times not enough to spend on the basics. This summer we earned around $50 per week at the farmer’s market selling produce in this tiny community. If by the grace of the permaculture God’s this works out, I could convince her to let us look after the land while she takes this beautiful opportunity; it would be the greatest gift of thanks I could give to the woman who has taught me so much.
      This place is as “primal-esque” as it gets. We take daily commutes into her 50-acres of untouched woods to collect firewood for our cooking and warmth. We have no modern farming tools except for basic shovels and wheelbarrows. We do everything by hand. Back in the day she used to have to carry water from the spring everyday for drinking before we got one solar power panel. If there is a problem we learn how to fix it ourselves. It takes intuition and a self-reliant attitude which should be a fundamental in primal thinking. We also have no refrigerator or modern amenities other than what one solar panel provides us. It is definitely a complete flip-flop of what modern society provides, and a great learning experience. This is permaculture Heaven, and I want someday to emulate it myself. I want to absorb all the wisdom and knowledge I can about permaculture as I know this is my future.
      Anyways, this opportunity would mean the world to me or the woman I have mentioned. She doesn’t have internet of course so I am trying to speak for her in this comment.
      Thanks a bunch.

      Lena White wrote on October 6th, 2013
    • Where is this permaculture farm? KY or GA?

      Keren wrote on October 7th, 2013
      • Good ol Southern Georgia :)

        Lena White wrote on October 14th, 2013
  11. MY HEART SKIPPED A BEAT WHEN I SAW “permaculture” and “give them away” in the same sentence! I would be speechless in appreciation if the tickets were given to me! Last year as a student in pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering at The Ohio State University and completing Army ROTC, I decided to attend a permaculture workshop by Peter Bane. That was one of the major catalysts of my move to study Natural Resources Management with a focus on Sustainable Agriculture. Now, my life revolves around promoting a healthier food system for our community and country. I even went as far as to found Slow Food on campus at OSU! Already an extreme proponent of MDA and checking the post at 1100 EST each day, I would be forever thankful to MDA for the gift of tickets to this event!

    Thanks you and grok on!

    Zach rusk wrote on October 6th, 2013
    • I forgot to mention I introduced The Real Food Challenge to my school and have plans on proceeding further this year!

      Zach rusk wrote on October 6th, 2013
  12. My partner Alex, a former marine and amazing gardner, has turned practically our entire SF apartment into an organic garden. HIs passion for sustainable agriculture and permaculture has led him to pursue a degree in Environmental Sciences.

    Attending Permaculture Voices would be an amazing opportunity for us both to extend our knowledge in advance of our relocation to a new space with land. We hope to become primarily self-sufficient over the next five years and look forward to continuing to advocate for smart, sustainable, permanent agricultural practices.

    Thanks for considering us for this exciting opportunity!

    Caitlin Canotas wrote on October 6th, 2013
  13. Less is more…less is more…less is more…less is more.

    Nocona wrote on October 6th, 2013
  14. I’d love to go to permaculture voices, although all I have right now is a backyard with chickens–I had bees but I think we had a colony collapse, and the cabbage moths feasted on my cauliflower.

    I’m a mediocre gardener with a serious passion for food justice. I’ve heard Joel Salatin speak and when I read about events like this, at the same time that gov’t is cutting food stamps and shutting down over health care for people who are dependent on grocery store crap to survive, I think the ideas of permaculture hold a better way.
    My hope is that eventually, the permaculture/slow food/organic movement will spread and elevate our health, economic well-being, and make saner systems in other aspects of our lives. Rethinking cubicles as well as kale. (At least, that’s what I tell myself, since the deer and the chickens eat my kale, leaving me to feast on ideas instead:)

    fitmom wrote on October 6th, 2013
  15. Are flaming hot cheetos primal?

    Emily wrote on October 6th, 2013
  16. Going to the Permaculture Voices would be an astonishing experience. Over the past few years I’ve made the transition from totally wired computer professional to totally weird (beginning) permaculturist in Tasmania, Australia. I’ve read most of the books and am starting to put things into practice on my 8 acres, which I dream of un-pasturizing (much more primal! :) and turning into a ‘riotous mess of glory’, with lots of fruit trees, animals and enough superb food to both supply myself and support that lifestyle. The people presenting at the conference are inspiring and the way they describe permaculture just makes so much sense!

    Suzanne wrote on October 6th, 2013
  17. I would love to go to Permaculture Voices!
    I grew up in Mumbai being told that microwavable packets of ‘Western’ food were gold whilst beautiful local eggplants were treated as ‘poor people’ food. The idea of starving myself all day and then eating oreos and cake for dinner was not uncommon during my teenage years, something I blame on the terrible lack of information given to young people regarding food and nutrition. Since moving to California in 2012, I’ve started working at my college’s organic farm, devoured every Michael Pollan and Alice Waters book, gone primal and become incredibly passionate about food and how we nourish our bodies. I recently convinced my father to start growing some of our own vegetables in a small plot in chaotic Mumbai, and even he is a convert! I would love to go to this conference and feel as though it would give me the opportunity to learn from truly brilliant thinkers in this field! I would also love to be able to take all that I learn from this conference and apply it to developing India and change the way that we eat and our current tenuous relationship to food. India is currently on the cusp between a food culture that has ancient wisdom and a rich tradition of nourishment on one hand, and a new trend towards packaged, processed foods that reject our own heritage on the other hand. I would love to be able to stop that.

    Sana Kadri wrote on October 6th, 2013
  18. Great coupon for Tendergrass Farms! Thanks

    Dr. Anthony Gustin wrote on October 6th, 2013
  19. Thanks for highlighting Dr. Andro’s post “Periodization Techniques Revisited: Improved Strength & Size Gains W/ 12-Week Undulatory vs. Linear Periodization.” I posted this earlier this week as well. Dr. Ando’s blog ( is another great source for quality info!

    Erik wrote on October 6th, 2013
  20. Great analysis of the Swedish Expert Committee’s findings.

    I wonder how the low-carb diet fares for normal-weight folks long term. It looks like only obese (not even overweight) participants were included in the meta-analysis referenced, so the committee can only really say that the diet works for short term weight loss in the obese population, based on that particular review.

    What do the biomarkers look like in the normal weight population on a low-carb diet? Any significant differences?

    I’m still a believer in the lower-carb approach, but I think any whole-food diet that is adhered to long term (this is key) will show great results:

    Adam wrote on October 6th, 2013
  21. Undulating Periodization, interesting concept and makes sense. In the old days we used to call that doing an exercise one of three ways, to build bulk (heavy, low reps), strength (7 – 10 reps) or endurance (10+ reps) and varying the routine, angles, exercise, volume, intensity, number of sets, rest between sets … an infinite amount of combinations. I sometimes even do each type of a given exercise in the same workout, typically starting with high reps to kind of warm up, medium reps to really push myself, then finish with low reps higher weight to try to add the power component and maybe a little extra testosterone flowing in my old body LOL.

    George wrote on October 6th, 2013
  22. A little over a year ago, I started the “Intentional Paleo Community” (mentioned on Weekend Link Love August 26, 2012!) group with the goal of stitching together ancestral health and indigenous knowledge with non-industrial food strategies and the face-to-face community so lacking in our modern lives. It quickly became apparent that permaculture was a main component for bridging the gaps, to the point that our focus soon changed to: Paleo / Permaculture / People

    Since then, the group has grown to 500+ folks, many ideas have been run through the gauntlet, and ground has been broken on an 8 acre chunk of land. Our next goal is stitching together a network of primal-friendly permaculture properties around the globe through the thousands of existing projects operating in isolation, and providing a template for those getting started. Attending the Permaculture Voices conference would allow us to establish connections and increase knowledge, with the result of sharing this knowledge back with the community, both in person and online.

    As I discussed briefly on a panel at Paleo(fx), there is a natural connection between lifestyles informed by hunter-gatherer lifeways and permaculture. With permaculture voices such as Paul Wheaton and Jack Spirko self-identifying as influenced by paleo, the pieces are in place for deeply beneficial change. Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton explicitly reference time spent with hunter-gatherers and other tribal peoples in their work. Taking this knowledge and making a more direct connection between a broader range of great minds is long overdue.

    In other words, I want to go because permaculture is not only fun and intellectually stimulating, but also the missing link. If I deserve to go, it’s because I’m stacking functions in zones 0-5 all the livelong day, and am all about sharing the ideas.

    “I’ve designed for people who have gone completely self-sufficient… who called me up one day and said, “we feel guilty… we worked it out, we’re only doing 10 hours of work a week. We do an hour in the morning and an hour at night 5 nights a week, and there’s nothing else to do. And we’re raising 3 young boys…”

    What they did was set up their own hunter-gatherer system that was convenient to harvest. It was like a fast-food hunter-gatherer organic system… and that’s what we end up with if we apply permaculture…” – Geoff Lawton

    Andrew B. wrote on October 6th, 2013
  23. Genetically Modified Trees that glow in the dark are just a great idea. We as a species have already done such a great job in altering the biodiversity of this planet; have we not? Will we ever learn? The one sure outcome of this venture will be the illumination of our own foolishness yet again.

    jeff wrote on October 7th, 2013
  24. I’m a 21 year old new farmer in western Ohio, and the opportunity to attend permaculture voices would be an amazing experience and learning experience for me. As soon as I saw Joel Salatin (who is a large part of what I am trying to model my farm after) and Paul Wheaton, among many others I instantly wanted to go. This year I had grown almost an acre of beyond organic vegetables and took them to columbus to sell and made hay and maple syrup as well. In the spring I am planning to add a small herd of beef cattle and raise them exclusively on pasture, and also follow them up with “Buckeye” chickens in the pasture. These ideas are based off of what Joel Salatin does at his farm in Virginia, and getting to hear him talk about them in real life would be a tremendous help for me in setting up my own system and adapting it to my region in Ohio.

    Overall I would be very thankful for the opportunity to attend this conference and I believe it would be very beneficial to not only myself but to my community because it would help bring them fresh, chemical free produce and meat which everyone needs to live a healthy primal lifestyle!

    Old Soul’s Farm

    Ethan wrote on October 7th, 2013
  25. Dear Mark and the Worker Bees,

    Thanks for all you do through this blog and your personal actions! I’m sure that I am no more deserving than any other reader in the hopes of winning the pair of tickets to the Permaculture Voices Conference. I wish whoever you may choose godspeed in paying it forward as we work toward healing our Self (both the ego and the eco). That said, I’d like to explain who I am and what I will do should I be chosen.

    I am a PhD candidate in interdisciplinary systems ecology at the University of Florida and a full time employee in the UF/IFAS Cooperative Extension Service. While my background is in green building, my daily extension work often covers some mix of the four of the major human actions…to eat, to dwell, to move, and to commune. Community health issues from economy to ecology are a passion of mine and I try to integrate the principles of ancestral health into all aspects of my life, both personal and professional.

    Should I be chosen to attend this conference, my goal will be to network with polycultural pasture management leaders (Salatin, Savory, etc.) and to learn about and respond within the social and political opportunities and constraints to using agroecology to restore grassland ecosystems throughout North America by managing the soils, plants, and animals in a food web that benefits both society and ecology. I will also work to determine and reach out to a worthy colleague who I would bring along to the event. I will honor the privilege of attending this event through my subsequent actions within my professional networks in higher education and cooperative extension.

    Lastly, and sorry for possibly sounding too esoteric but, I believe the seventh fire has been lit and that the descendents from European and other non-native nations and the first peoples from indigenous nations on this Turtle Island (North America) are moving toward a unified “coming to know” our shared world. I believe “our” western science and “their” indigenous science is focusing into the same singular way of seeing. These first peoples lived in agreement with the natural systems in which they were embedded for many generations through a knowledge-based, “interact and adapt” style food system. The capitalist, technology-based, “command and control” style food system can learn much from traditional ecological knowledge and its derivations such as permaculture. I believe the rapidly expanding ancestral health movement is but a small, though very important, part of this process as we learn to live in communion with the story the land is telling us.

    For all the citizens of the first nations out there, I mean no disrespect in references to, and/or representation of, your history and traditions. I want to see through your eyes and I am ready to listen.

    To all our relations!
    Hal Knowles

    Hal Knowles wrote on October 7th, 2013
  26. Permaculture design is the missing link in our modern culture between the general desire of the population to be healthier in every way and the constraints of modern society. Good health comes from real food, real movements and work of life, and a sense of fulfillment, peace, and well-being.

    Unfortunately, this is tough to achieve in our current society because real food seems out-of-reach expensive, real movements are integrated into our normal daily life, and that sense of fulfillment is often elusive because we’re so busy making a living rather than building a life.

    Permaculture design shows every person how to provide their own real food (simultaneously healing themselves and the planet) within whatever their current living situation, climate, culture, and constraints. Being able to provide your own real food is life-changing. Permaculture design shows every person how to integrate the kind of work that used to be normal back into our lives, which ultimately allows us safe movement. Finally, Permaculture design shows us how to take back control of our lives by designing for the physical needs that we all have.

    Thats a powerful combination.

    I would really appreciate the opportunity to attend the Permaculture Voices conference. I’ve been listening to all the podcasts that Diego (the organizer) is producing and have been heavily investing in my permaculture education, but financially I’m unable to make the investment in this conference due to a brand new baby boy.

    Joshua Sheats wrote on October 7th, 2013
  27. I would love to go! Being a full time Nutrition student, I spend most of my time studying health and fitness and when I am not in lectures or at the gym I’m often reading about the Primal lifestyle. I have been a Paleo follower for 4 years now and swear by this way of life.
    I feel that I would benefit greatly from an experience like this as I am passionate, dedicated and comited to encouraging others to follow this way of life.
    I spent my summer working at a weightloss camp learning about, and helping people who have struggled all their lives with their weight. There was nothing better to see not only the change in people’s bodies but their overall health, happiness and confidence.
    I would love please to be provided with an opportunity like this to broaden my knowledge and experience within the Primal lifestyle even more.

    Jenna wrote on October 7th, 2013
  28. This is too good to be true!! Having recently completed a Permaculture Design course, I’ve been completely transformed by the ideas of these inspiring people. It all gels so well with my already Primal lifestyle. Totally buzzing with hope and motivation, I started up a blog to explore the idea further of how young people like myself, can incorporate these principles into their city lives as we don’t all have access to acres of property to grow food. As a 24 year old, I’m concerned for the future of our generation and what role we are going to play in creating a sustainable food system. I think it’s so important to be engaging with our generation as we are the next wave of change makers who can have a real impact on the direction of this planet.

    I’m actually heading over to the US in January (& will be floating around California until March!) and the timing is just too perfect!! From there I will be heading down to Central & South America to work as a WWOOFer and help out with various permaculture projects in developing communities for at least the next year. It would be amazing to attend this conference beforehand, knowing that I will have an adundance of knowledge and new connections with the pros under my belt, and best of all, a sparkly fresh sense of enthusiasm, to share with the communities and farms that I connect with.

    I think the greatest lessons though, will no doubt be the ones they are able to share with me. The opportunity to walk side by side with honest, hardworking farmers in these traditional cultures is as primal as it gets and is what gets me through these crappy last few months working in the office. My dream is to bring back the knowledge and experience from this time overseas to my roots here in Australia and create a living, breathing, realistic permaculture model for everyday urban folk.

    Mark, you’ve already helped me bring part of this dream to reality for me by educating me about the Primal lifestyle. This would be an amazing experience to further torpedo me forward!

    Emily U wrote on October 7th, 2013
  29. Dear Mark,

    I could make a claim that I am deserving of your Permaculture Voices tickets, but I lead a wonderful, full, rich life and want for very little. I am blessed with a small farm at the base of the Mission Mountains in Montana… chickens in the orchard, pasture fed milk cow (creamy, fatty goodness!), and an abundant year-round garden. I spend my days enjoying all the bliss my farm holds because of my husband’s willingness to work off the farm – though he yearns to be a full-time farmer like me. He is the one that is truly deserving of your tickets (I of course would happily accompany him).

    Rusty’s story could be one of your Friday success stories. He was always active, ate well (we thought), and was quite good looking, but struggled with depression, hay-fever, and sensitive skin since childhood. As he aged he added migraines, acid-reflux, chronic low-back pain, and more severe depression to his list of ailments. After reading Primal Blueprint, he decided to try cutting grains out of his diet and found that gluten had been playing very dirty tricks on him. It was amazing that almost every one of his health complaints showed improvement within days of dropping grains. As I accompanied him on his diet change, I also enjoyed relief from chronic pain due to college sports injuries that I had thought I would live with for the rest of my life.

    Fast forward three years and Rusty has a spark in his eye and spring in his step, but he still yearns to be a fulltime farmer. It’s always in the back of his mind, yet working fulltime as an ecologist, being an awesome dad, and acting as my weekend farm slave-auto mechanic-wood splitter leaves him little time to contemplate big changes. I believe the positive energy and inspiring minds he would encounter at Permaculture Voices would help encourage him to make his farm dreams a reality. He’s worked so hard to make his life better and has brought so many wonderful things to my life, I would bring attending this conference to his.

    I also feel that attending this conference this would benefit our community. We live on the Flathead Indian Reservation where poor health, disconnect with the land, and general apathy are rampant. The concepts permaculture is based upon can be applied far beyond agriculture to creating a more peaceful, connected, and sustainable community. We would continue to share our passion for sustainable living with everyone around us and would hopefully spark some wonderful discussions and actions based on what we’d bring home with us.

    Love and Peace – Maggie
    PS – We also have friends with an organic avocado orchard in Temecula where we could camp out… YUM!!!

    Maggie wrote on October 8th, 2013
  30. I am currently a wwoofer in Oregon, traveling around and experiencing farming in different environments with full intentions to continue a lifestyle of farming. So ya I would be down to go to that conference

    Michael wrote on October 12th, 2013
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