Day 11: Use edges and value the marginal. Presentation day


Principle 11 gives insight into how we can create abundance by creating edges and exploring new possibilities.

Principle 11 gives insight into how we can create abundance by creating edges and exploring new possibilities.

After 12 days of tuition, study, reflection and practical work the groups are finally ready to present their design ideas.

food forest map

Food forest map, by Stephen and the plant guilds group

The PDC gives participants the opportunity to work on a real design, giving them real hands on expereince. To me this feels an essential component of the course, albeit a challening one.

We strive to give our course participants the best experience we can and to equip them with expecience to enable them to take permaculture ideas forward. It is not a test and there is no assessment but it is a centra part of the course. We have an amazing opportunity this time around to actually go ahead and deliver the first part.

It is time to leave the well trodden path and to explore some new directions, current practices clearly aren’t working.

It is hard to capture the challenges, hard work, discussion, conversation and convergence that took place in the classroom over the course of this design process. For many it was challenging, insightful, funny and a mix of almost every emotion and people grappled with the concepts and ideas presented to them over the previous 2 weeks. The real setting and the reality of the fact that we would be acting on this design the next day added another layer to the process. When it came to the actual presentations the level attained, the presentations themselves and the sheer creativity of the ideas and their communication was overwhelming.

pdc sotry board

The 7 frame Permaculture story board we presented to the shchool, representing some of the key ideas contained in our design for the School food forest.

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