with An Expert
Permaculturist, Landscape Designer, Teacher
How would you define your purpose?
To guide people to live in a more self-reliant manner. Permaculture
is part of that. Sustainability is about working with local farmers
and processors in our community. When I was a board member of Lane
County Food Coalition, we created a directory of locally owned farmers,
restuaranteers and processors. The goal is to educate consumers
to support local vendors.
instruct classes in Sustainable Self-Reliant Living. Some of the
issues we discuss include: how to grown your own food, how to collect
water, ideas for money management using invisible structures of
economics and permaculture in school structures so that the children
are more apt to eat vegetables if they have grown them.
How did you evolve into living your purpose?
I started gardening in my back yard...through loving to work with
plants...worked in Psychology/Sociology doing Horticulture Therapy
in mental health. Once I burnt out on working with chronically mental
illness, I decided to focus on the healthy aspects of gardening.
How do you promote your purpose?
I teach classes in master gardening through the Extension Services
at the University of Oregon. I worked in garden centers and nurseries
for experience and got known in the community. When I placed an
ad as a Landscaper and Ornamental Horticulturist, I assumed the
name of Cascadia Permaculture.
How do you sustain your purpose?
I teach at the Community College now. One of the organizers of a
local conference in Eugene, Oregon, called Sustainable Business
Symposium, came up to me and told me that the Symposium happened
because of my style of teaching being all about empowerment.
How do you know you are living your purpose?
I feel empowered by helping people to feel empowered.
How does it feel to be living your purpose?
It energizes me to share my understanding of the life cycle by perpetuating
the knowlege and encouraged when it grows through the masses.
Do you have a product or service related to your purpose?
Can you suggest related product's or service's
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