Daniel Bruce and Margaret Ruhl
Urban Permaculture Pioneers
As of today the farm co-op is approximately 100,000sqft in six neighborhoods.
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. Farm co-ops are springing up everywhere.
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.
(The connection really was never “lost” it has just been forgotten.)
Daniel and I had this phone conversation in February of 2015. It is more than an update and progress report, there are a few exciting breakthroughs in the world of Urban Permaculture.
Enjoy the interview!
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