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This PDC builds on a long-standing personal connection between RISC and Sector39, bringing 25 years of practical experience in permaculture teaching and project work to Reading. The course involves 80+ hours of study via presentations, workshops and practical sessions that will provide a clear and practical framework for all participants […]

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Paul Ogola from Northern Kenya, who attended the Kamuli PDC in May has since been very busy teaching in his village and sharing some of his knowledge. The pictures show the training event I did with the community for one week on Permaculture techniques and type of farming. We worked […]

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Letter from a friend who has been out in East Africa since our May PDC in Kamuli I was very interested to follow the blog on the PDC that you ran at Kamuli this year. Sadly our visits missed one another. I arrived at the end of a May and […]

Permaculture in East Africa

The challenge for the group t make their presentations was pretty immense. In our 10 years of teaching PDC’s as Sector39 I don’t think we have had such a big project with such far-reaching potentials to get our teeth stuck into quite like this before. Suddenly a lot of our […]

PDC Kamuli Day 12, Final presentations

A permaculture vision from Timor Leste
Don’t assume you are on the right track just because it is a well beaten path. The principle for day 11, as we immerse ourselves in the design tasks reminds us that we sometimes need to steer a path in to new territory. To solve the problems we have crated […]

PDC Kamuli Day 11: Use edges and value the marginal

Medical plants of East Africa by Najma Dharani
Ants for breakfast! Roasted and salted I had to admit the white ants are pretty delicious, it makes and interesting start to the day. On the subject of valuing diversity I guess it is a great example. Everything is part of the yield and everything has somewhere to go. We […]

Day 10 Use and value diversity

{ The Bahumia tree is a great nitrogen fixer and has these stunning flowers
The focus of the day 9 was to brainstorm ideas for the permaculture design and to revisit the site to gather and fine tune details on base map 1. In the morning, using the information obtained from the Client interviews with sector 39, (Steve) and Dolen Ffermio (Moses), the group […]

Kamuli PDC day 9: Use small and slow solutions, second ...

There are those people who believe that the world’s environmental problems are down to the fact that there are too many people; possibly because this absolves them of any responsibility for trying to resolve them. After all with all those Chinese people or whatever, what does it matter what I […]

PDC Kamuli day 8: Integrate rather than segregate – its ...

Course participant Paul with the school cooking pots
We begin our design process with a morning of theory before heading  out on a site visit to see examples of integrated design and agro forestry in practice. A key partner school for Dolen Ffermio is Busoga high school, a 700 pupil establishment catering for 6-18 year old students in […]

Day 7: Design from patterns to details, Busoga high school ...

Here is Ritchie's inital sketch of the land, we we are using our our inital basemap for the desgn exercise.
Working towards zero waste is such a key principle and a challenging one to explore in a place where almost no one makes compost, they use pit latrines and burn off plastic waste as there is no recycling. A bug-bear of mine from when we visited here last time was […]

Kamuli PDC Day 6 Produce no waste

We went on site visit to the land purchased by Dolen Ffermio.The group were able to see for the first time the land on which they will base their final permaculture design. The site lies within a very rural part of Kamuli and borders the great river Nile. The farm […]

Day 5 – Site visit to Dolen Ffermio Model Farm

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 ...

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