FROM FINANCE TO FARMER
Andrew Martin once worked in the finance industry in Australia, but after learning about the true state of the world as peak oil and climate change begin to take effect, he knew he had to leave that unsustainable lifestyle behind and do something useful to help heal the earth and to be more resilient in the face of change. He and his wife Beth moved to New Zealand, where they’re in the process of turning green-desert farmland into a productive and bountiful forest of food.
It’s incredible to see how much they’re harvesting after just three years. Andrew researches extensively about the big interconnected issues in the realms of economy, environment and energy and offers his skills and knowledge to city and regional councils that need to build their own resilience (that would be pretty much all of them!). Find out more about Andrew’s work on his website Rethink Enterprises.
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KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM "FROM FINANCE TO FARMER"
- Our approach to living is a fragmented one; permaculture offers a holistic approach that makes much more sense.
- Downsizing gives people the freedom to make decisions about their lives – making a conscious effort not to live beyond your means is very empowering.
- The story that underpins our society is that we need a lot of money and expensive stuff to be happy. We can refuse to believe that story and create a better one.
- “Start growing food” – no matter where you are. Once you engage with growing food then things really start to happen.
- Let go of frustration with weeds and just start eating them!