Daniel Bruce and Margaret Ruhl
Urban Permaculture Pioneers
A youthful vivacious look at hope for our cities. Urban Farming is not a “dream” for these people. They have been working with the city of Spokane Wa. and it’s residents to turn lawns into organic gardens. The success is overwhelming, and this is one area where I say say “Yay!! to the word “overwhelm”. Bringing permaculture to the city is their passion and they are on the way to creating a model for the future.
Vivacious according to Merriam Webster : “happy and lively in a way that is attractive.” This most certainly describes this couple from Spokane, Washington. Our interview took place at the 2014 Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence at the Heartsong Retreat Center. (BTW this is a “must attend” event for any Cascadians living east of the Cascades in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia.) (Link below to find out more.)
Daniel (also known as Elf) has been a Northwest resident his whole life, indigenous to the Northwest is his prefered terminology. Margaret is a Seattle native and she has travelled to Costa Rica and participated in hands on permaculture practices there and other places. In the interviewing process they complimented each other as they do in their life practice.
This is not about leaving the city and “getting back to the Earth” their mission is bringing our connection to the Earth back to the city. (The connection really was never “lost” it has just been forgotten.)
Enjoy the interview!
Bruce-Ruhl Design was founded in 2012 by Margaret Ruhl and Daniel Bruce. It is a 46-principle permaculture-centered think tank and design firm based in Spokane, WA. Its focus is how to use permaculture design techniques in the areas of urban environments, technological applications, and unconventional business models that are self-sustainable and/or closed loop in structure and function. Its action is to implement the designs it creates and through this action, educate to inspire.
The Bruce-Ruhl Design Definition of Permaculture
Permaculture is a holistic design science and methodology that incorporates rural and urban land management, environmental sciences, economics, social dynamics, and diverse system interactions with observation; governed by a set of forty-six principles that form an integrated self supportive system to the benefit of all neighboring systems. It allows for the potential of such integrated system stability that if one system fails, a neighboring system will fill the void/ space/ habitat to achieve a natural balance.
Contact them here: firstname.lastname@example.org
One of their websites: http://spokanelylcoopfarm.wordpress.com