Links: UN: Only Small Farmers and Agroecology Can Feed the World – The Organic Research Centre, Wakelyns Agroforestry – Colin Tudge – Oxford Real Farming Conference – The Campaign for Real Farming and The College for Enlightened Agriculture School Global Gardens Network – Food4Families, […]

PDC 1/6 – Sun 22/01/17 – “Catch & store energy”

Principle: Nature runs on cycles. There is no waste. The outputs of one process or system are the inputs for another. Pay attention to Inputs and outputs, think of them as relationships Compost and other strategies to process and hold on to nutrients Designing cyclical systems, by linking outputs and inputs […]

Chester PDC: D6 Waste not want not

Links: Braziers Park, Oxfordshire – Holzer Permaculture, Sepp Holzer – The Chikukwa Project, permaculture in Zimbabwe – Chickenshack Housing Co-operative, Wales – Atmospheric homeostasis by and for the biosphere: the Gaia hypothesis, James Lovelock – Videos: The Overview Effect – Suggested Reading: Permaculture: A […]

PDC 1/6 – Sat 21/01/17 – “Observe & interact”

Energy yields to investment for the major il companies, how long can we maintain dwindling return on investments like this?
  Energy is the driver of a system. In nature the energy in is always solar power and natural systems tend to be energy efficient – natural selection culls inefficiencies and rewards those that operate on local and natural resources. Energy occurs in patterns: day and night, seasons, etc. and efficient systems tends […]

Chester PDC: Day 5 – Appreciating natural materials and services

The client was a national children's charity with a new respite home opening in the Welsh hills near Newtown.
The design team for the project was comprised of PDC students in the second part of their two week course. Among their number is a chef, a concert violinist, an architect, a rocket scientist (yes really), a forest school trainer, a fashion model, a care worker and an MA student. Diversity […]

Designing a vision for the Honeypot

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We  kick off our 2017 programme with a 6 weekend PDC at RISC Reading. Sector39, our teaching partnership began from work done in 2002-5 in Reading at RISC, on the roof garden and in Wales at Chickenshack housing co-op. These two project gave us experience and insight enough to begin teaching […]

New PDC course dates for 2017

Gaia: Earth is a closed system running on solar energy
The first 6 principles as outlined by David Holmgren draw heavily on natural systems and ecology and are essentially the rules derived from observation of the natural world. Principle number 4 is the biggie I say this as it links us to systems thinking and the reality that everything is […]

Chester PDC: D4 Systems and feedback

There are at least 5 trophic levels of living organisms in healthy soil
Soil is alive, the real partnership we have to understand is with the living organisms in the soil. This is key to our long term survival on this planet and how we can meet our needs in partnership with nature. Here is Geoff Lawton taking a permaculture and bio dynamic […]

Chester PDC: D3 Obtain a yield

Medieval map of Chester
This BBC documentary was made a few years ago but has not dated. It visits permaculture pioneers Patrick Whitefield, Chris and Lynne Dixon as well as investigating the legacy of Arthur Hollins through the eyes of Rebecca Hoskins a natural world photographic journalist who is returning to the family farm […]

PDC Chester: D2 Nature as a teacher

Not your normal classroom! We are thrilled to running the first ever PDC in Chester Cathedral’s 1000 year history; we are also wondering has anyone else, anywhere actually run a PDC in a Cathedral? We are rather excited and proud of that possibility! We have 12 participants, interesting number for […]

PDC Chester: D1 The first supper

Following on from this open evening talk, a full PDC at Chester Cathedral 4
Arranging this at short notice, and we need a minimumm of 10 peope to proceed, but this is really exciting opportunty to take permaculture into a new area. Please get in touch with me directly if you are interested. Plan is to run a full PDC based on a series […]

Full PDC @ Chester Cathedral, 12 evenings + 1 weekend

PDC vision for abundance and diversity at Pen Y Bryn 1
I like to say that change is the only constant in life that we are guaranteed, although I was corrected by Geoff Lawton at this year’s PDC where, in his earthworks session he pointed out that the fact that water always moves at right angles to contour is the constant […]

PDC Day 12: Change is an unstoppable force

The path to regenerative growth
Following the well beaten and establish path is leading us over the precipice, what worked for previous generations is now failing us. Climate change looms as a spectre that reaffirms the increasingly pressing need to end the age of excessive consumption, yet from within the current economic paradigm it is […]

PDC Day 11: Exploring edges and valuing the marginal

Bill Mollison unleashed permaculture back in the 70's, it has now permeated 140 different countries as well as the imagination of millions. Bill MOllison, i salute you. RIP I guess you have earned yourself some rest! You will be missed.
Day ten is the point of the PDC where the participants take the controls to lead on the design workshop. It is always interesting, challenging, engaging and more whilst bing as a chance to start to apply some of the learning and ideas explored on the course to a real […]

PDC day 10: Embracing diversity

The 'A' team, mapping contours
We enjoyed another lovely site visit today to the, “Honeypot”, children’s Charity Pen Y Bryn near Newtown. The charity offers respite care support to young carers and vulnerable children, many of whom would otherwise have nowhere to turn. The Pen Y Bryn chapel has been refurbished and a new swimming […]

PDC Day 9: Site visit to Pen y Bryn