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“Let Nature Take Its Course”   Today the class paid a visit to the local Busoga School for the day where we dug out the ground and planted a Bananna guild behind one of the classrooms, and learned how to select and prepare Bananna suckers to grow more Bannanas! everyone […]

Day 5 – Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services


“The sins of the father are visited unto the seventh generation”   Today the class looked at the 4th permaculture design principle, Apply regulation and accept feedback, this involves thinking about long term impacts of our activities, and paying attention to feedback loops and cycles, maintaining a dynamic equilibrium within […]

Day 4 – Apply Regulation and Accept Feedback


“you can’t work on an empty stomach”   Permaculture principle number 3 is based around obtaining a yield and the best ways in which to do that, so today we looked at planting crops for the future in a sustainable and regenerative manner but also how to provide a more […]

Day 3 – Obtain A Yield



“Make Hay while the Sun Shines”   Today we looked at the second permaculture principle ‘catch and store energy’ starting with a good look at soil, what it does, what is in it and how best to care for and nurture it, we found that good healthy soil is bursting […]

Day 2. Catch and Store Energy


PDC T Shirts for Sale We have these fabulous T shirts made specially for the 2017 Uganda PDC course for sale! the purchase of one of these shirts will help us to fund the printing of more shirts that we can then distribute amongst the course students….at present we do […]

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Dear Friends, we are on a transformational journey…. With great excitement we begin the first day of the PDC in Kamuli, Uganda. Steve and the Sector39 team have been in the country for the past few days, preparing the ground for the course and for future permaculture opportunities including a […]

Making observations



Full PDC spread over 12 evenings at Chester Cathedral Building on our first successful course there this year. The PDC group is working on designing a public permaculture garden to receive up to 300,000 visitors a year. This is a really special opportunity to study in a unique venue creating […]

Permaculture at the Cathedral



The two week intensive permaculture design certificate course is designed to create a momentum for change. A PDC reinforces inner convictions, supplies the skills, knowledge and networks that enable personal change. It is always an uplifiting experience and for many is a life changing or watershed moment; turning ideas and […]

May PDC, Mid Wales



Links: Cultivate Project, Newtown, Wales: community gardens, local produce, plant nursery, horticulture training – http://www.cultivate.uk.com/ Garden Planet Biochar – http://www.gardenplanetbiochar.org.uk/ Making Biochar To Improve Soil, Mother Earth News – http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/making-biochar-improve-soil-zmaz09fmzraw The Farm, Tennessee – http://www.thefarm.org/ Mushroom People – https://www.mushroompeople.com/ Terra preta – http://www.biochar.info/biochar.terra-preta.cfml Ithaka Institure, biochar – http://www.ithaka-institut.org/en/home Dragons Housing […]

PDC 4/6 – Sunday 05/03/17 – “Integrate rather than segregate”


Links: Cesar Manique, Lanzarote cactus garden – http://www.lanzaroteinformation.com/content/jardin-de-cactus-0 PermoAfrica Centre – https://permoafricacentre.wordpress.com/ Biomimicry Institute, Janine Benyus – https://biomimicry.org/janine-benyus/ Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales – http://www.cat.org.uk/index.html Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret – http://www.cowspiracy.com/ Earthship Biotecture, Michael Reynolds – http://earthship.com/ Videos: Doodling in Math: Spirals, Fibonacci and Being a Plant (1 of 3), […]

PDC 4/6 – Sat 04/03/17 – “Design from patterns to ...


Session 6 – Permaculture Design Principle “Produce No Waste” Topics and key points included: Class discussion about ideas for group project Succession Grazed -v- ungrazed land Continuous inputs from outside the system are not required if using local materials & producing no waste, i.e. recycling Creation of abundance from cyclical […]

PDC Reading 3/6 – P6 – Waste not



Session 5 – Permaculture Design Principle “Use & Value Renewable Resources & Services” Links: Vertical Forest Buildings – www.technocracy.news/index.php/2017/02/07 Forest Gardening, Busoga, Uganda – http://www.sector39.co.uk/blog/?p=6851 Energy, Oil, Economics – https://ourfiniteworld.com/ Atmospheric CO2 – https://www.co2.earth/ Climate Change – https://skepticalscience.com/ Calculator for angle of sun & other info. – http://www.suncalc.org Videos: “Worms […]

PDC Reading 3/6 – P 5 Natural resources


Permaculture Design Principle: “Apply self-regulation and accept feedback” Topics and key points included: “The sins of the fathers are visited on the children of the seventh generation” – long-term impacts of activities Feedback is key to how nature operates in self-regulating systems in dynamic equilibrium Oxygen is a key element […]

PDC Reading 2/6- P 4 – 5th February 2017


Client interviews Summerpool Garden Economies presentation We didn’t quite to the end where I present an alternative Macro economic model, based on the ideas presented in Sh ort Circuit by Richard Douthwaite

Chester PDC: Session 10