Here’s What Permaculture Apprentice Is All About
Hi, my name is William Horvath, the founder of Permaculture Apprentice, and if you ever asked yourself:
- How do I get started with my permaculture farm?
- How do I grow productive, low maintenance food forests, field crops and annual gardens?
- How can I start making money from my permaculture farm?
- How can I transition to from my job to working full time on the farm?
…Then you’re in the RIGHT place!
I used to struggle with all these issues myself when I decided I wanted to start my permaculture farm. There was just so much to consider when starting from scratch and trying to properly design the farm, implement the design on the site, produce beyond organic food at the same time and eventually make an income out of my efforts. It was overwhelming, and many times I felt like it might be easier if I stop pursuing my dreams of a permaculture paradise and stick to my job and normal life others were expecting me to live.
But, I didn’t quit pursuing my dreams, over the last several years I have managed to strategically transition from my full time job as a geologist to working on my farm. Now I’m transforming my land into a permaculture paradise and I’ve been implementing many of the permaculture tools, techniques, principles I used to only dream about. I was able to make all of this a reality by learning from permaculture pioneers, enthusiasts, and experts and then implementing what I’ve learned in my own life and on my farm.
I even wrote an ebook on how to start a permaculture farm in 5 years based on many of these insights, you can download it here…
Here’s How My Blog Will Help You Start Your Own Permaculture Farm
I believe that nothing is more fulfilling than enjoying the daily chores of permaculture farming, being immersed in nature, eating healthy fresh food and having that sense of freedom by knowing that whatever happens you’ll be able to take care of yourself and your family…This vision of freedom and a healthy, fulfilled life is possible on a permaculture farm. Now, truth to be told, it’s not easy to achieve this vision but it’s possible….and I’m here to help you with that.
I founded Permaculture Apprentice after growing frustrated by the lack of info about how, exactly, do people start out with a farm and eventually get to the point where they have demonstrations sites, trees that are growing by themselves, happy customers that are coming and buying out all the surplus food…Sure, there was a lot of TED talk level solutionism, but I needed practical down to earth advice.
This is why my blog focuses on these practical aspects of starting out, demystifying permaculture techniques and deconstructing proven models that made others successful. I do a lot of research, test things for myself, talk to experts and than create practical and straightforward guides, courses and online seminars.
Whether you have a large property or small, or none at all the Permaculture design PROCESS is a powerful and worthwhile thinking and action guide.... Here's an article by my colleague and friend William Horvath... Clear, concise distilled from a broad collection of others who have led the way...
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My work got featured on Permaculture Research Institute, Permaethos, Economic Action Team, Eat Your Dirt Summit, Abundant Permaculture... Today I’m actively collaborating with other permaculturists and experts to bring this practical knowledge closer to you and help you move forward in your life and farm.
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I grew up in Croatia on a small family farm in the middle of the civil war. Being eight years old at the time, I didn’t understand how serious the situation really was, but soon after the area where I was living experienced the first air strikes and missile bombardments, I had a pretty good understanding what’s at stake - our lives.
Growing up in that kind of environment taught me a lot about life, I came to appreciate frugality, community, and, significantly, food self-sufficiency and self-reliance. I found pleasure in the small things we sometimes take for granted; clean air and water, peace and quiet, healthy fresh food, my family and friends, my community, and the importance of giving each other a helping hand.
I believe that these small things are how wealth is truly measured, whether in times of peace or war. I also attach more than one definition to war. I look around and currently see a war on our health, against the ecosystem, and even on our families and communities. Much of this destruction we can thank to the way our society is currently run by governments and corporations that has become addicted to extraction and consumption.
We all know that this is unsustainable and can’t last forever, but here we are still sticking to business as usual like nothing can ever go wrong with this model.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to come to the conclusion that this might just not end well…
Amidst all the uncertainty that we’re experiencing in today’s world I find immense pleasure and satisfaction in spending time on my permaculture farm, the physical labour it entails, and in growing plants and regenerating the land. At the end of a hard day, I like to watch the sunset and listen to birdsong, and I think to myself ‘this is the good life.’
In my mind, having a permaculture farm and being a farmer are just a means to the end of creating a good life for myself and my family, ensuring a meaningful livelihood and doing my bit in helping the earth’s damaged ecosystems.
I would say that being a permaculture farmer is WHAT I want to do, but having a meaningful and healthy life is WHY I do it.
I want to create such a life for myself and my family, and also help and inspire others while doing so. My goal is to make permaculture a much more viable option for an average person with a plot of land, no matter the size. I believe it’s the right path for us to take; for the future of our children and our planet...
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