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Permaculture Voices: Grant Schultz & Ben Falk

Grant Schultz

Grant Schultz of VersaLand and Ben Falk of Whole Systems Design talk with Diego Footer of permacultureVOICES. Permaculture Voices: Podcast 40


Designing Systems That Will Work Before AND After SHTF – Passive Systems vs. Brittle Complicated Systems f. Ben Falk & Grant Schultz (PVP040)

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“If there is too much water, then we just haven’t learned to work with those systems yet.”Ben Falk

Ben Falk and Grant Schultz join me to talk about permaculture as a survival preparedness strategy.  How can we use whole systems design to create systems that work passively to increase our resiliency.  In our modern day world we are quick to throw money at technological, mechanical systems that are complicated and brittle.  In an emergency situation you could have a generator, but if that breaks or you run out of fuel, you are out of luck.  If you have a wood fuel based system, it is going to work no matter what, it’s bulletproof.

Ben and Grant are both a wealth of knowledge when it comes to homestead technology, both simple and complex.  They are living the lifestyle.  Using and building the systems that they talk about.  They are both builders and tinkerers, therefor they understand how these systems work, and can break down.  You will learn how important it is to buy high quality tool that will last a lifetime (and the tools to service the tools); often times those tools were built 80 years ago and can be bought on the cheap.  They have an appreciation for good quality tools and things you can craft by hand.  Simple is beautiful, simple is resilient.

This isn’t typical prepper talk of buying generators, storing fuel, and MREs.  This is all about designing systems that will work before and after SHTF.