John recognized early on the regenerative power of Nature. He’s seen its transformative power at work in the out of doors, as well as in his own life. John is a comprehensive teacher, with hands-on experience in Tropical, Temperate, Dryland, and now Mediterranean climates. He speaks English, French and Italian.
John and his wife purchased land in the Mediterranean climate of Sicily. It is here where they are raising a family, near his wife’s native village of Salice, population 1,000. The land is currently being transformed into an international Permaculture School. The aim of this site is to combine Permaculture and Natural Farming in ways that don’t yet exist on the planet – for the benefit of all.
John strongly believes in the 3rd Ethic of Permaculture: Return of Surplus, which is why he curates the YouTube channel John Kaisner The Natural Farmer.. This channel provides free content to viewers interested in broadening their understanding of sustainable farming practices. John believes that donating his time in this way is one of the most effective ways he can show appreciation for all of the blessings in his life. The viewer-based community which has sprung up around this channel is truly inspirational. The members pool information in a way which is far superior to anything that one single teacher could hope to provide. It is, to use a well-known Permaculture phrase, the “edge effect” in action – across communities, across race and religion, across the globe.
The Site on Sicily is in its initial stages. They have completed most of the site’s Earthworks, and have now planted a Food Forest containing more than 110 fruit and nut trees, support species, roots, ground cover, bushes, vines, etc. As Permaculture design is not currently followed in the area where they live, a Food Forest such as this can prove an effective tool in teaching Nature’s design principles. Most farmers are wary to change. The profession is fraught with misunderstanding. However, a well-executed demonstration site, such as this, can have a lasting impact on its visitors – young and old.
Many subscribers have expressed interest in Permaculture Courses, as well as Work-Stay opportunities on the land in Sicily. Stay tuned here for details regarding these and other opportunities to come….