Graham Bell – A Conversation between Generations

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This is best to listen to when working in the garden, or cooking, doing the dishes, etc. Graham Bell tells a long, winding story, reminding me of those told by Bill Mollison, but also my grandmother. She had a knack for opening several threads, and just as I was starting to get lost in them, she would close them up one by one, in a very satisfying manner. This chat is a gift from one pioneer plant to the young system going through the process of establishment. Enjoy.


Meeting Bill Mollison – the pioneering plant. Master of provocation.

Tony Buzan – creator of the mind map concept

Edward de Bono – teaches people how to think.

Laburnum – nitrogen fixing tree local to the UK climate

Permaculture in the UK is not an established system. We’ve had some pioneers, and now we have a shrub layer.

How do we value both older, and experienced people, and the young, full of promise?

How can we design situations where all ages can exchange knowledge?

A great teacher is a facilitator. “If I enter a room with twenty people, they will have twenty times the knowledge I do”

Tropical rain forests have very poor soils, because most of the biomass is in the plants.

Poland has shot itself in the foot, by allowing the old growth forest to be used commercially.

The industrial revolution was fueled with oak trees.

Where’s your worm farm (in Graham’s garden)? Under your feet.

Do you keep bees? They keep themselves.

Is it normal for people to kill each other?

“No man is an island”. We can get as close to self sufficiency as it gets on the community level, but not personally.

Dr. Elaine Ingham – soil microbiologist

Teaming with microbes – book based on Dr. Ingham’s work

16 tons of produce per hectare…

A successful nursery needs good car access, enough space for a decent turnover, and commercial designation. – charity set up by Graham

“the love of money that’s the root of all evil” – NOT “money is the root of all evil”

The Ragged Trousered Philantropists

The more people have surplus to share, the more there is to fuel the gift economy.

The art of letting go.

We ought to be called human doings, not human beings.

George Sobol

Luci Alderslowe

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