Healing for Haiti: Dwellers on an Agrarian Threshold

Threshold by Nguyen Dinh Dang (oil painting, 2003)

“We are dwellers on the threshold. We are poised in a liminal moment — a moment of passage when new cultural symbols and meanings can emerge. Liminal moments are times of tension, extreme reactions, and great opportunity. These moments shimmer with possibilities. They are painful, tough, full of hard choices — and they provoke anxiety.” Sherry Turkle

John Calvert, webmaster for the International Permaculture Conference. has established a new web site dedicated to support of the Haitian people and their land Permaculture Haiti. The opportuntities and the projects outlined on this web portal have potential make a tremendously positive long-term impact on Haiti, and to establish models that can potentially be emulated globally.

Calvert thought of the idea the day after the massive earthquake struck Haiti earlier this month. He recognized that it would a good idea to concentrate all the information about new and incipient permaculture and sustainable ag initiatives based Haiti on one website.

“…the greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone. Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter.” – Bill Mollison , Permaculture pioneer

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