Lo­cal lessons

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Finn Mack­esy of the Auck­land Per­ma­cul­ture Work­shop sug­gests: ”One of the things that helped Cuba nav­i­gate their food cri­sis was their cul­tural his­tory. The ex­pe­ri­ence of pre­vi­ous famines was passed down. They were aware of their his­tory as it re­lated to food se­cu­rity, which al­lowed them to quickly move past the “Oh no!” phase, and into ac­tion. They have a pride in their abil­ity to over­come and adapt, and it made a dif­fer­ence, be­cause the change was signi cant, but they got on with it.” Gary Mar­shall, a part­ner of Mack­esy’s at APW says: “The re­al­ity is that Auck­land is a very dif­fer­ent place to Ha­vana. Auck­land is less dense, so were we to hit a cri­sis as they did, it would be about trans­porta­tion and one’s rel­a­tive lo­ca­tion to food. You would nd things like retro tting rooftops and carparks wouldn’t re­ally be nec­es­sary here, as we have far more ac­cess to fer­tile land. The denser the pop­u­la­tion gets, the more tech­ni­cal the prob­lems be­come.” Mar­shall adds: “the most crit­i­cal les­son of all, and one where Cuba with its po­lit­i­cal his­tory was well placed to suc­ceed, was so­cial; i.e. learn­ing to work to­gether in groups, learn­ing skills like ad­vo­cacy, con ict res­o­lu­tion, and cre­at­ing and shar­ing com­mon goals.” The Auck­land Per­ma­cul­ture Work­shop runs 12 work­shops per year www.auck­land­per­ma­cul­ture­work­shop.co.nz

Gary Mar­shall and Finn Mack­esy of Auck­land Per­ma­cul­ture Work­shop. Photo: Ted Baghurst.

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