#023 Scott Gallant: Permaculture Development within a Holistic Context (Porvenir Designs)
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common pitfalls of foreigners building large-scale developments, and ways to transmute those problems into solutions
In this episode, we meet with Scott Gallant, a permaculture consultant at Porvenir Design. I took advantage of the pragmatism he’s developed through his many years here to explore some of the pitfalls he’s seen with foreigners building large-scale developments. We also explore ways he guides his clients toward transmuting those potential problems into solutions.
Through his design and consultation work, Scott often finds himself inviting his clients to slow down and simplify their visions. Scott practices what he preaches, and we get into some of the ways he applies the Holistic Context approach to his own business. He also describes his experiences starting and operating a business in Costa Rica, along with the advantages and disadvantages of doing things by the books.
The second half of the interview gets really interesting as we discuss ways he trains new landowners how to be mindful of the context they’re building in. This includes setting reasonable expectations for your laborers and investing in appropriate education for them, especially if you want them to do things in a way they aren’t familiar with. Setting your work team up with unreasonable expectations is a hasty and unhealthy practice.
Investing into adequately training your workers in the techniques you want them to implement is a far more efficient use of your time, money, and relationships than telling them to do something they only know how to do from a conventional lens and expecting it to meet your end goals.
You’ll want to check out Scott’s blog. He’s an excellent writer who touches on many interesting topics.
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To follow more of Scott’s contributions toward a regenerative world, check out:
Website – Porvenirdesign.com
Other recommendations from Scott:
- Holistic Context: Holistic Decision Making – Dan Palmer
- Making Permaculture Stronger Podcast interview with Scott
- Holistic Management eBook by Alan Saveries
- Toby Hemingway’s Gaia’s Garde
- The Resilient Farm and Homestead
- The Overstory Book
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Music: Rite of Passage by Kevin MacLeod