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How I Became The Permaculture Pimp Daddy

Jun 10, 2021
Hi, I'm Billy from Perma Pastures Farm, a while ago someone asked me what made you think of

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and you know, I guess that takes a bit of explaining because obviously my mom didn't name me that. The person who told me this thought there was a risk of offending or maybe even alienating people who might hear that, so I should probably explain in some sort of detail how I got here, why I came up with that identifier, and why. I'm using it today, you know, like so many people who get into this. I started out raised in the city like so many other people.
how i became the permaculture pimp daddy
My understanding and my exposure to the origin of my food was very early if it didn't come out of a box or plastic, I'm not really sure where it came from, I mean, more or less, I was raised on food that came out of a box, ground beef that came out of a store, it's really nothing like what I eat today or the things I've been exposed to since then, you know, time passed, you know, I got older, I joined the military and if you think my understanding of food improved in that position, it didn't, basically it didn't, since Understand, I've never been to prison, but people who have been in both have told me that army food is not much different from prison food, so anyway I didn't have much exposure to Where Good Food Comes From Well, I later met my wife in the military, believe it or not, at a Burger King, anyway, long story short, She didn't come from the same background as me, she came from a place where they were much closer. their food which I was never taught to be like, we got married and we both left the military and moved back to Oklahoma, we started there and like some of the other people I was in that rat race with, I was told that these It's their ideals of the American dream, you know, having a couple of cars, having a house you can't afford, having a lot of stuff you don't need and being in debt for the rest of your life and we start that way and friends, I'm here to tell you and I'm sure that many of the people watching this now realize that what everyone calls the American Dream is nothing short of a nightmare, so we haven't gotten too far into it, but we have. enough to realize it. that this whole debt thing is nonsense.
how i became the permaculture pimp daddy

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I am a journeyman electrician. Two official ivw electricians. The first time I was fired I realized it at that moment. Hmm, okay, this is the American dream. I'm told it's not running that slow, but I sure found it. My path to the preparedness movement that we all did made there were a lot of great people there and I quickly realized that in the preparedness movement there are a lot of great people, but they are usually focused, many of them are focused on their favorite topic, some are in guns, some might be in cultured foods, not as many as I expected or thought, then lo and behold, a friend of mine named Gabe in Kansas City told me about a guy called Jack Spear Co and for the first time in my life.
how i became the permaculture pimp daddy
I think I was just starting to do his podcast at that time for the first time in my life I heard the word that would change my life and that word was Parma culture and then better yet he referenced it, it tells you in this video or podcast whatever. He was the one who told you about a guy named Jeff Lawton and this video he made about greening the desert where he came into Jordan, so as soon as I remember it, I was listening to it on the way home and when I got home, I The first thing I did was It was in those days.
how i became the permaculture pimp daddy
I'm not sure I have an iPhone, but anyway I got on the computer and watched this video of this guy named Jeff Lawton, literally greening a desert in a part of the world that should never have been possible. I haven't been able to and I have to say about all the things in this world that have changed me and contributed a lot because I'm thinking if this guy is somehow able to take sand and turn it into something. More productive than my God, what can I do in a place where I'm not dealing with those kinds of challenges so that you know more and more that it wasn't an overnight thing?
More and more I started to think, man, okay, let me see more about This

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I learned a little more and I would forget about it for a while and then I would go back to learning a little more after that and I finally got to a point where I didn't. I explained before, but we moved from Oklahoma City to Kansas City and there I really started to open up more and more to permaculture. It wasn't something overnight. I knew this was something magical. I knew it was practical. I knew what it was. It changed my life at that moment.
I'm not sure I knew a place to go to get real training outside of what I was getting online so I could learn what I could and then I was always wondering, okay, is this right, right? Not long after that, I was the steamroll, it went on and on and on and then this feeling inside of me like a man, you really need to know more about this permaculture, so we moved again and ended up moving to Texas joining our family. to do what we thought was going to be something really amazing, we were going to do permaculture, you know, except I didn't fully understand what that meant in its entirety.
I thought I had it figured out and then I reached out and a guy named Nicholas Bertner at the School of Permaculture and friends, I have to be honest with you, that was one of the best decisions. I will say without a doubt in terms of education, I got a military education, a business education, a college education, but by far, the best money I've ever spent on education was the money I spent on the permaculture design certificate, which by the way it was one weekend a month, kind of like being in the National Guard one weekend a month and you do it for a series of six months after which you learn what you need to know or they feed you with a hose about what it means.
You know it was a good thing it didn't break down in a consecutive period, so it gave you time to digest. things, but friends, that was life-changing for me, number one. I felt less alone in the world. Here I am with all these ideas about what I thought permaculture was and I finally had a frame of reference: I'm there with a group of other people who were in the exact same place I was who you know, there are a number of people there who are felt like they were Outsiders felt like maybe they didn't quite relate to everyone around them and Here I am with a I guess you could call a permaculture island of misfit toys, you could call it an island of misfit toys where everyone We thought, man, these are fantastic ideas, we all think they're wonderful, but you're in a world where not everyone can relate, so for me this was magical, it changed my life and in that moment, in the first class, I knew in that moment there was nothing else I wanted to do with my life and so on from that moment on.
That's exactly what I've worked on. I mean, I still do electrical work from time to time, but my and my family's entire focus is doing this farming in a permaculture style full time and we're almost there, so "I would be remiss not to point out that you know William after I did my PDC through permaculture school William went after me and Michelle is currently doing Geoff Lawton's online PDC which is absolutely fantastic the only thing I think is missing by the way is just the. interaction that you have with other people in class, but through that PDC, you know, I was able to meet people like Eric Cider and many others who helped me improve what I had learned at that school and I think led me to another En. the level you're at, you think about doing something and you share these ideas with, maybe, Nicholas, who runs the Permaculture School, maybe Eric Cider and other people that you've been in class with and you think it's cool, you They help as if they were iron. sharpens the iron, you know, bouncing your ideas off these people helps you define exactly where you want to go and the idea and the ideas in the directions you need to take from then on.
I've been working on my second PDC through Geoff Lawton, who also By the way, folks, if you haven't already, you're going to get a wonderful PDC, but I highly recommend you get another one because it's like drinking from a fire hose. Take some time, make an effort, put into practice what you have learned. and then get another one because I guarantee there are so many gaps you'll need to fill, so let's go back to permaculture

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, how I got there. Well, Nicholas at the permaculture school was doing a promotion and asking people. Hey, you know, Eric, I think he was filming at the time and they were asking you, what was your experience like?
And of course, people who know me know that I'm kind of a joke or something like a class clown. So I made a joke and did this. I was pretending I was in the middle of a York mint cake commercial and I walked through the doors of the Permaculture School and then, you know, it was and then I made it up. This little parody was kind of an improvised, extemporaneous thing and in the process I made up this, you know, at first I called myself the pimp daddy of permaculture. I mean, everyone thought it was funny and let's be honest guys, it kind of rolls off the tongue if you know what I mean, but I wasn't entirely sure it was a title I wanted to have.
I mean, for crying out loud. I mean, being a pimp isn't exactly like what Mother Teresa was. I mean, how many benevolent pimps do you have? I know there aren't many, so I didn't want to take ownership of it right away, but everyone from Justin and Justin Rhodes to many others were like, "Man, that's really fun and sounds." I'm afraid of making a caricature of myself because I joke and joke a lot, but I'm also very serious about what I'm passionate about, but I thought, "Okay, is there a way to overlap the two?" and then I started to think.
Do you know what I've done with other horrible words in the past? Maybe I could turn them into an acronym and so I did, so I'm not just your average walker around town with a fedora and a cane no, I'm a different kind of pimp, you know what that pimp is, he's a acronym and it means permaculture, my passion makes it okay to say it now, huh, so I'm the permaculture pimp dad with a different understanding of What's the word can't? I just redefined the word pimp, but some people, no matter what I say, there are self-righteous guys who, no matter what I say, will find a reason to be upset and if it's you, but maybe I'm not here to appeal to you, You know, as I stop to think about it, I wonder how many people in this space of the farming community look like me, how many people would relate to someone like me if they could. somehow wrap some of these deep concepts into something that some people might find funny or let's say someone is out there looking for I don't know how to be a pimp and they stumble upon permaculture pimp dad.
I can think of many ways to do it. Using that can be a benefit and if it's not in the future, if it doesn't have the kind of appeal to people who look like me or people who you know want to be entertained in a different way, maybe. a little different from the other Homestead channels out there maybe I'm the kind of person because maybe I'm the person you want to tell other people about maybe I'm not maybe being the permaculture pimp that dad gets too much. I don't know, that's for you to decide, but if you feel offended, friends, I don't know what to tell you because for now I'm going to go ahead and get on with it, like I said.
I made it less offensive by creating an acronym, but that brings me to another point where in a previous video I don't remember which one, but in the previous video I talked about the notion of food deserts and how when people think about food deserts they usually think in those In terms of the city, guess what, friends, I'm here to tell you. I lived in a small town in Texas. I also love small town Kansas and food deserts. Deserts are not unique to the city or the neighborhood if you can see someone like a Ron Finley or a permaculture pimp dad or someone who might be in some small way maybe to a large extent maybe some of those people can relate and think You know what I saw this brother do.
I wonder if maybe I can make a little compost here, you know what I saw a son do. He looks like a young boy. I wonder if I can. I'm about his age. I wonder if he could maybe do some of these things. Maybe I can do an apprenticeship somewhere. I can, you know, maybe I can find a place where I can go learn some of this stuff or maybe I can find an abandoned lot in town like some guys I know we're doing in Kansas City, you know, maybe just maybe if I reached a person.
Would it have been worth it? I think so. I think this has been a great journey for me. I am not middle-aged and I wish now at this age I had known well that he is not born. or given any of these downloads, but I wish I had known this information 25 years ago, my life would have followed a very different trajectory, but I will say all of those experiences and thethings I acquired, whether it be electrical work. whether it's the things that I learned in the military, you know, the time I spent as a butcher, the time I was a radio host, all those things that I think influence where I'm going or where I'm trying to take the trajectory of my life. right now and I'm going to move on, so like I said, if I am, if permaculture pimp daddy is a bridge too far for you and there are other people out there for you, I wish you would, but there are a lot of people out there that he and they think you know what this guy is trying something he and his family are doing something maybe a little different than what other families are doing out there and don't get me wrong, I'm not putting any of them down.
I saw several of them and applauded. every single one of them because it takes a certain degree of courage to even do this, to stand in front of a camera right now and tell people what you're doing, knowing full well that you're going to suffer quite a bit. of reviews, so when you think of the word pimp as it relates to this channel, remember that permaculture is my passion, so this is Billy, the permaculture pimp daddy from perma pastures farm. I hope to see you next time.

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