Today I was very glad to receive a tip from a permaculture design client. As I mentioned to my client, I view this tip as a donation. The donations I receive through this website and from my clients enable me to spend some of my time working on permaculture designs and providing consultancy for those who would not ordinarily be able to afford my services, or the services of any other designer.
While, to be honest, I would rather like to be able to always offer my services for free, like most people, I have bills to pay. I do what I can but often do not have time for all the pro bono work I would like to do.
But while I do generally make a living from my work, I am also always very aware that most of the people I work with are privileged – at least to some degree. Most have means, and a certain level of education that has exposed them to sustainable ideas. I want to help other people too – people who are not necessarily within the ‘permaculture’ bubble.
Lots of people, whether they are aware of permaculture ideas or not, appreciate some help to draw up their plans. But not all of those people can afford to pay. That is where donations come in. Usually, I have people on my list, waiting for free design services or advice.
At the moment, however, I am very glad to say that I am free to take on a small pro bono project. I am looking to create a design for, for example, a community group, or a family who really cannot afford to pay for my services. If you, or anyone that you know of could benefit, please do get in touch and let me know the circumstances and location of the potential project.
Whether you would like to donate, or know someone who could benefit, I hope to hear from you soon.