Permaculture and Kids – Invironment
Introducing children to a generative worldview
By Jeremy Puma



Start with participatory ecology. Explain that we’re all in Nature; that Nature isn’t a place you “go to.” Get them into gardening by getting them out of the garden and into the local biosystem. Do plant walks in neighborhood parks and even just in neighborhoods.

Meet them on their level, but understand how smart kids are. Recognize when they figure something out for themselves.

Use the Socratic method — ask questions that elicit answers. “Does anyone mulch a forest? Why are worms good for plants?”

Teach plant ID beyond food and flowers. Let them use their senses to describe leaf shapes, stem colors, how plants smell and, when applicable, how they taste, at different times of the year.

Give them ownership. Give them a plot in the garden to take care of from design to harvest. Give them their own real tools to use (within reason) instead of plastic toys, and teach them how to take care of their tools. Don’t micromanage — let them make their own mistakes!

Indulge their sense of whimsy. Make totems, garden art. Let them use toy bulldozers to dig trenches for seeds. Let them do a design for a space based on their own artwork.

Lead by example. If they’re not into it, that’s okay — show them that you are! Don’t force them to participate if they’re not into it.


Hello Studyblr! 

This my introduction post of sorts (well reintroduction) to the studyblr community. I used to have a side blog studyblr called sincerely-studying, but I was never consistent with using it and I found it distracting to have all of my regular tumblr stuff on my dash. I figured since I will be starting my first year of college at the University of Nebraska in a few weeks I should start getting organized! As an engineering student I'm going to have a crazy busy course load, so the first thing I did was plan out my first week of classes. By writing my schedule down in my planner, I’ve allowed myself to put that first week in focus and has taken away some of my anxiety about finding my way on a huge campus. I hope to get to know more of you as I take this studying journey this year! 

-Tara, BioSystems Engineering Major at UNL 


I actually put in actual effort today. I went to engineering open houses and I’ve found it guys. I know for sure I want bio systems. I really want to make a difference and be personal about it. Seeing those students talk and the professors, everyone was so close. I absolutely loved it and all the senior design projects that we saw, oh it was sooo intriguing. I can’t help myself I was like a kid in a candy shop. In other news I’m back to training with running, with the better weather I needed it. My aunt wants to do a half marathon with me so I need to get back to lonnggg distances. No more 4milers. I hope everyone had an awesome Tuesday, I’m looking forward to hearing about everyone’s day just saying! Happy Tuesday!