The Permaculture Guild is currently hosting ongoing urban permaculture design courses, one of which I was very fortunate to attend last weekend. The design course is being held at Sacred Lands along Park Blvd. in St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg is my hometown so it was nice to see permaculture blossoming from where I began.
We went over introductory permaculture, as well as hands on activities learning permaculture principles to create a design plan for an area. The curriculum was broad in scope, starting with the origins and needs for permaculture and getting away from mono-cropping. Our current mono-crop is causing over 1.02 billion people in the world to be malnourished. Monsanto has been taking a dip in markets due to the failure of their genetically modified Bt-corn and other products to make a significant increase in yield. Recall Monsanto's abysmal Bt cotton endeavors in India where the cotton needed vast amounts of water, leaving farmers in debt and committing suicide.
The USDA confirms food inflation in America will increase, who knows even how much more if the Federal Reserve (the non-government, central bank of America that prints our money for profit) who are meeting Nov. 3rd to initiate quantitative easing #2.
We need to have many permaculturists in the Tampa Bay area all knowing and utilizing permaculture to not only convert their homes to be more sustainable, but their neighborhoods as well. This could save water, fossil fuels, and sequester carbon dioxide into growing trees which permaculture advocates most of all.