725: Rosemary Morrow on the Earth Restorer’s Guide to Permaculture


Our Guest:

Rosemary Morrow is a permaculture teacher, author, speaker, and agricultural scientist. She has spent decades travelling the world designing healthy living systems and applying permaculture as a practice to restore our planetary health. She has worked locally across Australia as well as globally with farmers and villagers in Africa, Central and Southeast Asia; people of war-torn nations such as Vietnam and Afghanistan; and communities experiencing the serious effects of climate change like the Solomon Islands.  Rosemary’s latest book, Earth Restorer’s Guide to Permaculture, brings together 40 years of evidence-based approaches to guide us towards the regeneration of our Earth. Endorsed by the United Nations as a tool for their Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, this book shares how communities, cities, workplaces, and governments can collectively and positively shape our futures.

Listen in and learn about:

    • Good signs of being attached to the earth
    • Agriculture as a good foundation, a good tool
    • Two things she learned in Africa – 1) When people are hungry and starving you need to provide them with energy first, and 2) People need to be providing their own food before they go to market.
    • Permaculture design as an instrument of restoration
    • The many countries Rosemary has traveled to
    • Rosemary’s definition of permaculture: “Practices to restore earth & society to health”
    • How the Earth Restorer’s Guide to Permaculture was developed.
    • “If you can’t make the right analysis, you’ll end up with the wrong solution.”
    • How permaculture has changed over the last 40 years
    • A permaculture design course is powerful, but it only gives you an idea of what you can do
    • Permaculture is all about the water.  Get the water right first.
    • Build basins that are recreation areas during dry times and capture surface water to manage during floods
    • How her book can be used to move the permaculture conversation forward
    • Rosemary’s hope for our future
    • Do you know a US permaculturist who works with refugees? Send an email to Greg at greg@urbanfarm.org
    • Recognition for permaculture work, especially in places where English is not spoken
    • Writing her book with the intention of reaching a more global audience

As well as:

Her failure – Planting a community garden where people really wanted and needed to grow something individually 

Her success – Permaculture for Refugees

Her drive – An interest in an ethical life and an obligation to give back

Her advice – “Engage in restoration, engage in the environment.  Tune in to out there.”

Books written by Rosemary:

Earth Restorer’s Guide to Permaculture

Rosemary’s Book recommendations:      

A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

Biodiversity by E.O. Wilson

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankel

How to reach Rosemary:   

Website: melliodora.com   bluemountainspermacultureinstitute.org.au 



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