Welcome to the inaugural edition of Notes from the Edge!
As we state in our About Us section, living sustainably is our overriding goal. But the term “sustainability” has been so overused and misused that it’s become harder and harder to take it seriously. Walmart wants their business to be sustainable. Oil companies want to be sustainable. Wall Street traders want their business to be sustainable. We want our business to be sustainable. Are we and Walmart and BP and Wall Street understanding Sustainability the same way? I would hazard a guess that we’re not.
For us, the best definition of Sustainability is that of ethicist Larry Rasmussen: “Sustainability is the capacity of social and natural systems to survive and thrive together indefinitely.” Permaculture gives us the basic conceptual tools to try to live out this definition of sustainability(more on Permaculture later). As the definition implies living sustainably is a process—there is no endpoint. And that can be both challenging and reassuring.So, all we do here—from building to planting to harvesting to production—is guided by a single question:
Will the benefit of what we do, and how we do it, do more to enhance sustainability than the disruption caused by the activity will do to diminish sustainability?
We welcome your thoughts and experiences on living Sustainability.