Cap’n Dave is this week’s DestinySurvival Radio guest. He’s been on before, but it’s been about two and a half years since then. We’ve kept in touch, and now seemed like a good time to catch up with him and get his perspective on prepping once again. These days he’s evangelistic about permaculture.
Who the Heck is Cap’n Dave Anyway?
Cap’n Dave was born and raised (in, on, and under) the Chesapeake Bay of Virginia and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where his Dad taught him fishing, hunting, gardening… and the myriad skills of a self-reliant outdoorsman. He grew up loving all aspects of the outdoors, from geology to biology; from shooting sports to surfing, from backpacking to SCUBA diving (just to name a few.) In the early 80’s he became a SCUBA instructor and also a US Coast Guard certified Boat Captain.
Moving to North Florida in the late ’80’,s Cap’n Dave began a 25-yr career in professional aviation, which included instructing; flying freight for the world’s largest Fed Ex Feeder airline; then corporate and executive flying; and finally flying the Governors of Florida on State Aircraft. Included in those years were stints with McDonnell Douglas and Boeing as an Instructional Designer and Educational Technologist…and a life-long love of exploring wilderness caves underwater.
Cap’n Dave has earned Certified Permaculture Designer credentials from University of Florida Ag Extension; and is currently taking a refresher from Geoff Lawton and the Permaculture Research Institute. He currently practices these skills at his 6–acre Permaculture paradise near Tallahassee, Florida.
Why Cap’n Dave’s Transition to Permaculture?
Permaculture includes growing produce and raising small animals, such as poultry and rabbits, in a synergistic relationship with nature. It’s all about working with nature, rather than fighting against it.
You don’t need several acres on which to grow your food. Permaculture will work in small spaces, too, even if you’re limited to growing fresh herbs in a window.
What Are Some Permaculture Benefits?
It’s a slow and gentle, scientific system which Dave says solves more problems than any other system he’s seen. Plus, Dave says it’s a lot of fun. He loves watching what he calls chickden TV. And he can have all the blueberries he wants when they’re in season.
He says there’s a community benefit, too. Permaculturists get together and exchange seeds, plants and ideas. He encourages you and me to do research and connect with those online who practice permaculture.
While Dave can’t show all of my readers in person what he’s done, if he sends me photos of his gardening efforts this spring, I’ll update this post with them.
What Makes Permaculture Work?
- Catch and store energy. Solar energy and rain water are examples.
- The problem is the solution. Dave gave an example of one rather extreme way to create chicken food.
- Observe and watch what nature is doing.
What’s Next for Cap’n Dave?
Over the past few years Dave has become involved with Marjory Wildcraft’s organization. For some time now he’s been wanting to put together a course on easy to understand weather basics, and he’s in the process of developing lessons. If all goes well, the course will be available through Marjory’s site in a few months.
How Can You Find Out More?
Any thoughts about what you’ve read above or heard in my conversation with Dave? Leave a comment below. Does your survival gardening include any permaculture practices?
Cap’n Dave recommends…
- Grow Your Own Groceries from Marjory Wildcraft
- Home Grown Food Summit – Featuring 30 speakers, April 6-12, 2015 (You can purchase the summit package after that date.)
- Gaia’s Garden, by Toby Hemenway
- Paul Wheaton’s Web site on permaculture – www.permies.com
- Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Research Institute – permaculturenews.org