The Evolution of PMNA

As we take time to enjoy the melting snow, the buzzing bees, the sprouting buds, and the harmonic sounds of a rushing stream, we pause to appreciate the beauty and healing power of nature’s transitions. Permaculture is about working with nature, observing her cycles, and mimicking them in all aspects of our lives. When we started this magazine, we took great care to design it for resiliency and sustainability. Because of this, we have been able to adapt and adjust as needed. Now, after 8 issues of publication, we are going through a phase of big transition, just as the season is going through its own.

Our small team at PMNA has evolved, and so will our impact. After this issue, Hannah Apricot Eckberg will step down as Editor in order to launch the Fair Share Foundation. This new non-profit organization will provide a method for permaculturists around the world to pool resources to support those projects where even a small amount of money can make a significant difference. It will provide an opportunity for everyone to truly tap into the 3rd Ethic of Permaculture: Care for the Future/ Share the Abundance/ Practice Fair Share.

PMNA will be retained by co-founder Cassie Langstraat, and will continue to provide its offerings of permaculture education, community involvement, and inspiration. This has been quite a journey. We are both extremely proud of each other, everything we have accomplished together thus far, and very excited to see what the future holds for each other’s path.

As we step back and look at the transitions happening in our communities, our country, and our world, we simultaneously see much turmoil and much hope. Transitions and change are not always easy, but we can look to nature to know that these cycles are normal. And know that we will come out on the other side, usually stronger. Beginnings. Endings. New Beginnings. We are all somewhere on that spectrum. How we respond to our evolution is what matters.

The International Permaculture Convergence (IPC) reminded us of exactly that. The vast diversity of stories people shared in India at the IPC was astonishing. It emphasized the impact permaculture is having at a global scale, and demonstrated how radically different its applications can be. Efforts that stood out include Prabhina and her work with Himalayan Permaculture that saves lives through women’s health education. And, Saba and Binur who teach permaculture to farmers in Indonesia in order to create right livelihoods based on preserving the endangered habitat of orangutans. Rather than denuding the forests, the farmers are able to make money, stay close to family, and feed their community through regenerative practices. Many of these stories caused a major shift in perspective for us. While we usually focus on sharing stories from North America, the IPC was eye-opening and it was incredibly inspiring to learn how people are changing lives with this meaningful regenerative work.

As we prepare for a new chapter in the story of our own lives, we have looked to our mentor Maddy Harland’s new book Fertile Edges for insight on shifts the world has experienced over the last 25 years, as seen through the lens of permaculture. This poetic collection of ‘Letters from the Editor’ from our mother magazine, Permaculture Magazine, International adds a historical context to the changes we are seeing today. Looking back to where we have come from helps to navigate the uncharted paths of the future. In the future we believe we will all help create a world where all the planet’s inhabitants can thrive. We hope you will join us in these adventures.