PDC Day 3: Rebuilding Soil, Rebuilding Community


Exploring Llanfyllin's sustainable urban drainage system, willow coppice, and forest garden.

Exploring Llanfyllin’s sustainable urban drainage system, willow coppice, and forest garden.

“We are three days into the PDC and I’m enjoying the way the permaculture principles introduce the learning topics and set the tone.

The third principle of permaculture is ‘obtain a yield’. Or, put more poetically, ‘you can’t work on an empty stomach’.

The core idea in this that spoke to me was this: to meet the needs of others, to rebuild community, we have first to look at balancing our own ‘ecosystem’ so we are in better shape to improve that system on behalf of, and with, others. A great lesson for someone working in community development projects and ‘healthcare’!

Steve told us: ‘the way to change community is to change the soil’, which means changing the core conditions in which all things grow. This is a lovely new metaphor for thinking about my life and work, and I’m looking forward to learning more about how to do this.”

Amanda, from Exeter

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