So we’re back in Bend for a few days before we head south. I was lucky enough to make it to the permaculture guild meeting, and it’s exciting to see folks focusing on a watershed as opposed to just their backyards. The Deschutes basin certainly faces some challenges, with a city of 100,000 and arid agriculture in the lower watershed sucking our river dry (90% on the middle portion). It seems our Watershed Councils, much like federally recognized Tribal governments, have sold out to industry, at least this far west. I think permaculture is ready to grow up and see the real permaculture in wildness. After all, Cascadia has been populated by bioregional permaculture experts since the beginning of time. It’s really in the water here. So I’m hopeful that us grassroots folks will be able to sidestep the entrenched enviros and leave them in the dirt.
I will have the site up for Real Food Cascadia in a few days. 2013 is going to be an eventful one for us Cascadians, so stay tuned. Oh yeah, if you had one of those earthquake dreams the other night, here’s why.