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After exploring the south of Scotland, from the East side to the West, I arrived to the Black Isle, a few miles away from Inverness, in the middle of the Highlands.

There, I met my new hosts Clive and Julie, a couple from London who had decided after almost two years of wwoofing in Northern Europe and in the UK to start a permaculture project of their own.

They bought a house with about 2.5 acres of land and woodland in August 2015, and since then have been working hard, designing and gardening. They were hosting a workshop over the weekend, so we spent the first couple of days after my arrival building the structure for a big hugelbed, that would be filled by the participants with wood, compost, cardboards and leaves.

We created and implemented a solar powered Internet Center that provided free permaculture and Information and Computer Technology (ICT) training to local farmers.

Our permaculture and information-sharing program provides free training in permaculture and Information Technology to farmers and to elected “information agents” from each farming group.

by Matt Dunwell

Over the last month we have been working on the first video translated to English from Columbian farmer and scientist Jairo Restrepo, a world expert in Biofertilisers and soil regeneration. Aptly titled Harvesting the Sun and filmed at Ragmans Jairo talks about the wonders of cow manure, soil microbes, trace elements, and their link with increased soil, plant and human health.

My name is Julie, and I am currently travelling in Scotland, visiting different permaculture projects in various places as part of a research project on the interactions between principles, values, and concrete practices in permaculture. I plan on visiting six or seven projects before the end of June, and to write a blog article on each of them, to tell you more about my experience, and to highlight some of my key findings and/or thoughts on different subjects. It is meant to be personal, and you may disagree with some of my opinions – I am looking forward to receiving feedback!

Here we explain each element performs many functions, a principle of permaculture from Bill Mollison and Reny Mia Slay's Introduction to permaculture. The second section first appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of our members' newsletter, Permaculture Works.