Veronica Shukla

Random Musings

My New Obsession, Permaculture

I’m sure no one is keeping track, but my blogs have become quite sporadic of late. The lack of writing is certainly not without reason, though. I’ve been studying. And planning.

In this post, I talked about how I want to change the world. I don’t want to change the world, just to switch things up or make things more to my liking. No, I want to help as many people and creatures as possible. I want to make sure there is still a planet here for my children, my grandchildren, and several successive generations after that.

We all have different ideas on how we can do this, and there are many different aspects to look at. And I think I have found what I believe to be the most inclusive subject on which to focus¬†— permaculture (a regenerative way of living that I am not yet confident enough to define but can easily be Googled).

I discovered¬†permaculture a couple years ago when hubby and I were watching random documentaries online. Since then, I’ve read Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway, watched a few more documentaries, read lots of articles, browsed forum conversations (particularly at, and subscribed to The Permaculture Podcast with Scott Mann.

I’m also reading edible landscape design books and edible wild plants books in preparation to redesign our yard into an edible, mostly self-sustaining landscape.

I’m taking things a little slower than my typical spontaneous obsessions this time. I’m very serious about this fairly new passion of mine, but it will take a few more years of dedication before hubby (and I for that matter) believes that this passion is sticking for good.

Long term, I don’t plan to just apply the concepts of permaculture to my own yard. As a stay-at-home-mom, I’ve been wondering what my future career life will look like. I’m not okay with just getting any job that pays. I want to work with passion on something that makes a huge difference. Enter permaculture.

I’m still not sure exactly what will culminate from all this, but I’m picturing buying land on which I will create food forests where I will employ the homeless and just-out-of-prison among others. I’m picturing teaching children (and adults too) where food comes from along with sustainable, regenerative practices in food creation and life alike. I’m picturing helping others change their desert-like lawns into bountiful, beautiful oases, teaching classes, giving¬†presentations, creating gardens for underprivileged, informing the public, and learning. Forever learning.

I still have a long way to go and a lot to learn until I can start thinking about actually doing many of these things. But until then, I’ll keep building a permaculture library, taking classes, and keep learning. And then — it’s off to save the planet! One plant at a time.