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This post is a report on a course that explored the ‘fertile edges’ of permaculture action-research.
From 9 - 13 October 2016, Vale da Lama, Portugal. For a total of five days an educational farm and eco-resort was venue to the (probably) first Permaculture Research Design Course of its kind.
The main facilitators Rafter Sass-Ferguson and Hugo Oliveira with their colleagues from Lisbon University lead by Gil Penha-Lopes were taking a considerable risk.
In reality, if compared to ‘the average’ UK resident, our living conditions are pretty poor. We don’t have a flushing toilet. We don’t have hot running water. We don’t have constant electricity. When the hydro gets low, we have to resort to solar, which doesn't power everything so priorities have to be decided (do we power the freezer or the electric heater in our kids room?). And for the first 3 years we lived here, we had to carry water from a far away tap for all domestic purposes. I confess I do have a moan sometimes.
Why do people take a Permaculture Design Course? What are their expectations and what is their actual experience of it?
These are questions Sophie Roach explored when interviewing previous participants of the Social Landscapes Permaculture Design Course, Creating Resilient Communities, in 2016. Below are a few excerpts of the five stories she wrote.
In the first of a series of articles on the importance of rootedness in Wales, Marit Parker challenges permaculturists to value Welsh approaches and perspectives as part of the UK tradition.
We are currently advertising for four new members of staff, all in newly created roles. This post will explain more about the background to the posts.
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