Nick Ritar on practicing permaculture


Change your habits and you can start to have a way of living that is in harmony with the natural world. This is not a poor way of living, by the way. We’re talking about a very rich way of living.

Many people in the world don’t have access to clean water, those that do poo in it. Much of the world’s precious landscapes are being dug up and ruined to source phosphate and nitrogen, while those very nutrients get flushed down the porcelain throne everyday. Seems crazy doesn’t it? Nick Ritar wants Aussies to make common sense more common, learn some new habits and reconnect a broken system. His answer lies in Permaculture.

About Nick

Nick Ritar is a Permaculture consultant, designer and educator with a passion to make permaculture ethics, principles and design ubiquitous.

With partner Kirsten Bradley, Nick is founder and co-director of Milkwood, a crew of doers and makers dedicated to educating Australians in smart, simple regenerative living. They offer short courses in Permaculture Design, backyard vegetable growing, natural bee-keeping, gourmet mushroom cultivation, natural building and much more.

What Nick doesn’t list out in his bio, is the fact that Milkwood is one of THE powerhouses behind the organic, sustainable movement in Australia, educating and raising awareness among thousands of people every year in aim of creating more resilient and connected communities. Find out more about their work: Milkwood Permaculture.

Feature image via Phutang Photography.

  • Meg

    Such an old, old problem and astounding that after all this time so little has changed. The genesis of my life-long commitment to permaculture was a conversation with my father (then a state politician) regarding his frustration over the same issue; “We live the driest continent on earth and we pump drinking water into the ocean. We live on one of the oldest continents on earth with the least topsoil, and we pump a resource that could build our topsoil out into the ocean.” It was the 1970’s.

    • Thanks for sharing your experience Meg. It’s astounding that in all these years, we seem to have gone further back in progress, despite already having the knowledge and skills to improve these issues. The good news is that with more people becoming willing to change their worldview and habits, true change becomes possible. The difference between now and the 70s is that we no longer have the “luxury” of time to ignore the problems that are going to make our planet uninhabitable. As Nick says: we have the option of a system that’s sustainable, or one that’s not going to sustain us (i.e. no choice but one then!).

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