The Permaculture Action Tour with The Polish Ambassador

On November 6th, The Polish Ambassador and his crew of activist musicians brought the funk to Philly for their Permaculture Action Tour.  Joined by Mr. Lif, and Ayla Nereo with their unique musical styles, and Liminus providing live visuals, The Polish Ambassador is also travelling with a crew of Permaculture activists, spreading sweat and positive messages to communities all over the US.  It started with a IndieGoGo campaign to fund their idea for a music tour that left behind a positive footprint in each community they visit.  Their mission is to spread the ideas of permaculture and regenerative living to their audience, engaging people who come to enjoy their music, and inspiring them to participate in making their community a better place.  The tour is over now, but for six weeks they travelled across the country organizing community volunteer days to plant permaculture-style gardens, reclaiming abandoned lots for guerilla gardens, and teaching their fans about living a regenerative lifestyle.

Ryan Rising seemed to be the resident permaculture expert on the tour, and before the show in Philly, Ryan gave a 20-ish minute presentation on what they’ve done so far with the tour, planting permaculture gardens, guerilla gardening, and spreading information about permaculture.  Then, he invited Robyn Mello to speak about the Philly Orchard Project (POP), and their ongoing work in Philadelphia to plant food forests and educate people about permaculture.  POP does amazing work organizing volunteers to plant trees, and help with city gardens and farms, and even holds workshops on all kinds of awesome topics related to permaculture.   Paul Glover, another Philly activist for regenerative living and recent candidate for PA Governor, spoke about Car Free Cities.  Imagine, in a very possible future, a Philadelphia where all the streets are transformed to bike paths, public transportation, and green space; farms, gardens, and parks running down every street.  It sounds like paradise to me.

Some of The Polish Ambassador’s fans have reacted negatively on the musician’s facebook fan page.  Some think that they’re neglecting the music aspect of the tour by focusing on their permaculture message.  The Polish Ambassador responded in a Facebook post:

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Here’s a video that I took during the concert.  Ayla Nereo and Mr. Lif improvised, using a loop pedal, collaborating with a beatboxer from the crowd, and created this awesome freestyle experience:

Eastern Pennsylvania Permaculture Convergence

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The first ever Eastern Pennyslvania Permaculture Convergence took place a few weeks ago in Lilitz, Pa.  Nearly 60 people came out to take part in the event at the Millport Conservancy.  I wasn’t able to attend, but the way my friend Dana Herman describes, it sounds like it was a great event:
The convergence was very interesting from my standpoint, I haven’t been in a permaculture gathering before so it kinda felt like I was in a different country, a kind country. The group used new meanings for familiar words like, popcorn for throwing out ideas, and after stacking when they would identify individuals who wanted to make a longer point. Also some interesting hand signals to show you were agreeing or not to what the speaker was saying, another set of signals to point out if person went off topic or if another wanted to make a specific comment back to that point the speaker made. The process in getting all the ideas down was very organized and at the same time organic.  When time was up, the organizers told us we could have lunch while they took all the boards out of the room to compose them in groupings.
 
After lunch they came in and placed 6 posters up on the wall with bubble off shoots of ideas.  Outreach, Public Relations, Programming, Funding, Vision/Mission, and Structure.
The plan was for us to decide which one spoke to us most and when they called out the name of that poster someone was to come up (one who wanted to be acting leader) get the poster and go to a different area of the room and those interested would follow.  Structure had Legal, Membership, Staff/Volunteers, Infrastructure, Functions, Funding and Internal and we barely got the first 3.
 
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The goal now is that each groups leader take what was discussed and type it up into a format and post within the Worldpress.com [site] and that we (the rest of us) work on this for the next month or so until a new meeting is scheduled.
-Dana Herman
There are a few other reviews of the event on the blog, click on the names below for those reviews.
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Those of us not able to attend the convergence are asked to join one of the Working Groups to join the discussion.
Here’s the site for the convergence: easternpennpermaculture.wordpress.com
For more information about the convergence, contact susq.pc@gmail.com.