The World has Lost a Great Visionary

thIt is with heavy heart that we have learned of the passing of Bill Mollison, often referred to as the ‘Father of Permaculture’.  From Wikipedia…”Bruce Charles “Bill” Mollison (4 May 1928 – 24 September 2016) was an Australian researcher, author, scientist, teacher, and biologist. Considered to be the “father of Permaculture”…Permaculture is an integrated system of design which Mollison co-developed with David Holmgren, and it encompasses not only agriculture, horticulture, architecture, and ecology, but also economic systems, land access strategies, and legal systems for businesses and communities. In 1978, Mollison collaborated with Holmgren and they wrote a book called Permaculture One.  Mollison founded The Permaculture Institute in Tasmania, and created a training system to train others under the umbrella of Permaculture.  Mollison’s system of train the trainer has taught thousands of people how to grow food and be sustainable using the Permaculture method.”

Bill would have been the first to admit that death is as essential to the cycles of nature as that of birth.  In tribute to this great man’s legacy, we share the lyrics of Poi Dog Pondering’s song, “Bury Me Deep“:

A lifetime of accomplishments of which the dirt knows none,
only in death can one truly return
Return the carrots, the apples and potatoes,
The chickens, the cows, the fish and tomatoes.
In one glorious swoop, let the deed be done
and bury me deep so that I can be one…
And all around my muscle and all around my bone,
don’t incinerate me or seal me from
the dirt which bore me, the bed that which from
the rain falls upon and the fruit comes from
For the dirt is a blanket, no fiery tomb,
No punishment, reward, or pearly white room
And you who say that in death we will pay,
The dead they can’t hear a word that you say
Your words are not kind, sober or giving,
they only put fear in the hearts of the living
So put away your tongues and roll up your sleeves,
and pick up your shovel and bury me deep.