Plant ID using Najma Dharani's wonderful books on teh Plants and Shribs of East Africa
Today was all about forest gardens and more importantly systems. With a guest lecture from Paul M. a key member of Dolen Ffermio and a lecturer of agro-ecology at Busoga University. Paul is an experienced gardener, farmer and community grower and shared his experiences from his own small holding near […]

Kamuli PDC Day 4, Apply limitations and accept feedback. Systems thinking

Studying nature, in nature whilst sheltering from the rain
Buro.. is good morning in Luo, the chef is called Anthony and the maid is called Salima. Maize starch boiled until it is a thick porridge is called posho and cooked plantain type bananna is called matoke We are learning all sorts of new things and meeting all sorts of […]

Kamuli PDC D3: Obtain a yield

An interesting coming togethr of minds
It is always a huge relief to be finally underway on a course like this; all the planning, booking venues and visits, planning sessions and putting together resources and finding the participants is always hard enough at home without doing it at such a distance. The venue is great, we […]

PDC Kamuli day 2 Catch and store energy D7

Permaculture is a process which starts with observation. Observation is the key to problem solving. The problem is the solution, a problem is simply the inverse of its own solution. This is not always apparent and a permaculture designer is required to drill down through the many symptoms of a […]

Day 6: PDC day 1 @ Kamuli

uwepo nursery, Jinjia
The 12 day PC starts tomorrow, so today we¬† have to travel north to Kamuli to meet our colleagues and course participants and to make preparations to begin the course. Although this is course number 29 for us, we have covered the 72 hour syllabus at least that may times […]

Preparation for permaculture: Day5

the river of molasses
Today we woke to the noise of thousands of rainforest creatures! Some woke up early and sat on the veranda to spot some early morning red-tailed monkeys and wildlife. For breafast we were given our first a rolex, a snack comprised of omelette with peppers and onion which is then […]

Jinja/ rainforest day 4

Equatorial rain forest to be more exact I guess. If permaculture is the intersection of ecology and economics, then possible]y nowhere do the two forces contrast each other more strongly than here. We only have a couple of days to relax before we get stuck in to the course so […]

Jungle, day 3

We woke up today with the sounds of Ugandan music soundsystems. We spent some time in the gardens of busoga trust guest house and then took the 20 minute walk through the suburbs which is full of marginal pieces of land that is planted to the brim with beans, cassava […]

Street Food, day 2

24 hours in transit from London to Jinja, arrived to tropical thunderstorms and rains. Stunning views from the the plane as we landed in Istanbul, Bosporus straights and Black sea glimpses. Landed in blanket of darkness broken by glowing clouds lit by lightening in an enormous night sky. We are […]

Jinja, day 1

PDC advert S39 Sept 2016
This 2 week intensive course will be based in Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant and will have with a focus turning ideas into action. Co-ops, group formation and developing project ideas, raising finance as well as covering the core principles and design tools of permaculture. Stop Press! Dates were changed, now finalised. […]

Full PDC Mid Wales, September/ October