“Many hands make light work”
In permaculture principle 8 we look at how every element performs many functions and how to support key functions with many elements!
we began by looking at integrated pest management, using a biological rather than a chemical approach such as sacrifical planting to distract pests from the main crops and introducing animals or insects that eat the pests, using distraction methods and other clever low impact methods. we later looked into IPM in greater detail including how to make natural deterrents for pests and looking further into other methods of biological pest control.
Steve then introduce the concept and hisory of Co-operatives to the class beginning by talking about the work of Robert Owen, the first person to introduce the concept in his New Lanark mill in the 1800’s, Cooperatives are voluntary organisations, open to all people, with democratic member control, all actively participate in decision making and setting policies, with equal economic input throughout the cooperative, benefiting members in proportion to the business they conduct rather than capital invested, they are autonomous organisations and exist with cooperation between other cooperatives.
As a group we engaged in some roleplay to see if we could spot patterns in behaviour leading onto the introduvtion of ‘6 Hat Thinking’ the human dynamics of a group discussion or meeting to help our class think about thier personal roles in the planning of the group projest for the Busoga school, we also looked at replacing adversarial thinking with parallel thinking strategies and working within our permaculture values to add value to the group and the wider community and we were designated into our groups to start planning individual aspects of the design.