“The Permaculture Potluck Cafe” – “New Myth #53”
by Willi Paul, NewMythologist.com
A concerted grassroots effort with the potential for peaceful solutions is taking root through the spread of permaculture, an Earth-centered expression of the spiritual practice of yoga.
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A few years ago, Dee Dee’s organic restaurant went under in downtown Richmond - an extravagance that too few could afford during the2021 infrastructure wars. But today she still has her house, a garden and a bountiful spirit to match.
She walks the neighborhood with a few invitations on long lost and found recycled printer paper, hawking a “transition” idea about sharing and love around her dinner table.
The Permaculture Potluck Cafe, as the flyer reads, is part barter, part cooking class, but mostly a great inducement to cook, eat and share stories with her neighbors.
It’s the end of the restaurant as we knew it and the start of the neighborhood cafe.
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As soon as seven invitations turned into seven reservations, Dee Dee had her head count, setting the coming Saturday nite at 5:30 pm for the cafe. A menu is chalked down on her kitchen blackboard; some folks are assigned to mains and others (she knows her neighbors well) get to bring wine.
The weekly Permaculture Potluck Café schedule starts with a weekly food theme:
3:00 – Prep cooking: chopping, sautéing, blending, chit chat!
5:00 – Friends Mingle in
6:00 – Dinner starts
8:00 – Dessert with Story Hour
9:00 – Leftovers, recipe exchange and hugs good bye
9:15 – Clean-up and compost
Dee Dee’s weekly donation bowl is always full with offers to help in her garden and local currency.