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Realize Homestead is a Permaculture Homestead in Northern Michigan, USA 

Permaculture Realized Podcast
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Why We Do Permaculture a Call to Action with Peter Bane
Permaculture Realized Podcast
Permaculture Homestead Farm Store
Permaculture Homestead Blog
Why We Do Permaculture a Call to Action with Peter Bane

Greetings Weary Web Traveler,

I’m your humble host, Levi, at your service. Take off your boots, and make yourself at home. I’ll start warming up a hearty meal of home-grown stories to nourish and energize you.

“So What’s This All About?”

Mostly I’m just here to charm you into buying whatever I’m selling you.


Seriously though, as much as I like to keep things light and goofy, sometimes there’s some serious and heavy matters that need our attention.

I’ll try to convey my main thesis in as simple and clear terms as possible;

Premise 1: Life, as far as we know, is an extremely rare and unique phenomenon in this universe. Self-aware life such as us, even more so. I’d say that it’s quite a precious thing indeed. And all those special people and things in my life that I love; FAMILY, FRIENDS, MEANING, ART, TRUTH… only exist because a complex web of species interacting over billions of years exists.

Premise 2: Primarily due to the unintended consequences of human actions (climate change, resource depletion, mass extinction, environmental toxification), we are entering a time of rapid destabilization of the global economy and biological life-support systems that will profoundly change our everyday lives and have ripple effects across geologic timescales.

Conclusion: We may not be able to fully prevent these crises, but we know from the study of traditional cultures as well as recent scientific research, that it’s possible for human societies to live well without depleting the rich ecological family from which we emerged. My hope isn’t to maintain civilization in it’s current self-cannibalizing form. My hope is to weather the storms of change; of chaos and confusion while incubating the seeds of a more peaceful, just, humane, civil, balanced, and healthy world, and perhaps carry with us a sense of gratitude and wonder for this quaint little corner of the cosmos we affectionately call “Earth”.

“That sounds overwhelming and hopeless. What if human’s just suck?” 

We’ll never know for sure unless we try, and given the stakes, we might as well invest every resource and faculty at our disposal to this effort.

In that spirit, this space is an experimental sandbox to play and test alternative ideas about how human beings can exist together on this planet. It’s an exercise in applied philosophy. That’s why I try to focus on alternative solutions, and holistic problem solving.

If you want to dive deeper, then head on over to the “Why” page that answers this question in more depth.

“Okay, I get it. So now what? What can we actually DO about this mess?”

Great question!

And I don’t know the answer! Everyone has to find their own path with this stuff.

I can at least share some anecdotes from my own journey, which you can read about in the Blog. And you can learn from others further along this path by listening to the Permaculture Realized Podcast

From what I’ve gathered, we essentially need to radically reduce our energy and resource consumption by re-localizing our supply-lines, and integrating them sustainably within the biological processes of our local ecosystem. And you can’t get any more local than home-grown. So our homes need to once again becomes places of productivity, instead of merely consumption and leisure. Hence Homesteading!

It’s not realistic to expect everyone to grow and make everything they need. Self-sufficiency is a myth of an overly individualistic culture. Instead, I think we should aim for community sufficiency. If our neighborhoods can produce 80% of their own needs, then we will be a long ways towards a better, more just, sustainable, and equitable world.

If you’re ready to get your hands dirty then I recommend checking out the “How to Start Homesteading with Permaculture” video and article.

If you live in our neighborhood of northern Michigan, then head on over to the Farm Store to see if we’re offering anything you’re in need of! (And on the topic of local economies, read more about our experiments with alternative currencies here.)

“That’s great but it seems pretty self-centered.”

Very good. You’re very observant, dear reader (and quite attractive too, I might add…😁)

My personal opinion is that it’s one of those situations of putting on your own oxygen mask first, before helping the person next to you. If I go unconscious, then I’m not much help to myself or anyone else for that matter.

The global industrial systems that exploit marginal communities, and landscapes are the same ones that most of us depend on for our daily needs and wants. Weening ourselves off this inherently self-destructive system is often the best “aid” we can provide.

It’s addressing the root cause instead of treating the symptoms while feeding the disease.

Beyond this harm-reduction approach, we can actually engage in powerful hands-on work to heal the environmental damage and degradation we and past generations have caused!

Some of the most ecologically diverse regions of the planet, such as the Amazon basin, are largely the result of human influence.

If our approach is wise, then while we work to restore ecosystems to provide for our own needs the innate consequences of this work will be increased habitat for wildlife and native species, improved soil fertility, cleaner water, and a more moderated climate. Those changes benefit ALL life, and all generations to come. Not just our own.

That sounds to me like a good enough cause to dedicate a few lifetimes to, wouldn’t you say?

This is it, folks.

3.7 billion years of evolution has culminated in this peculiar experience in this unlikely moment. A chance encounter in the midst of our endless obligations of eating, sleeping, working, and folding laundry.

We’re all on the same boat, on a voyage with no captain, no maps, no idea where we came from, where we are going, or why we are.

But we do have each other, all 10 million-plus species of us.

And maybe… maybe that’s all we need.