What is permaculture? There's a very long answer to this question, but in a nutshell it is the design and implementation of sustainable living communities. In this uncertain age, it sounds like a reasonable thing to learn. Building resilience into our food systems is of growing importance. Pardon the pun.
In about 10 days we head into our last PDC of the year at Quinta da Fornalha, Castro Marim, Algarve, Portugal with a spring in our step (and autumn in our senses)! We are excited to bring together a team that includes Graham Bell, author The Permaculture Way and The Permaculture Garden, and Wallace Toughill, one of best permaculture teachers we've seen. This morning we received news that Permaculture Research International (PRI) are endorsing this course! It will also be endorsed by the Permaculture Association UK!
In November we will be focusing on the plan for the expansion of forest gardens in charities, and hope to have some exciting news about this in the very near future. These projects are really exciting - maybe it is something you might personally want to get involved with. We were last with our pilot project at Odanadi in Mysore, India back in February - we simply cannot wait to see how it is growing! We started another small project with Divya Deepa as well, and look forward to seeing how the trees and the kids are getting on early in 2018. Have a look at the attached photo if you'd like your heartstrings pulled. Yields of forest gardens over time? Fun, Fuel, Fibre, Food, Fertility, Fodder, nature's 'Farmacy'!
As well as this, Wallace and I are in the process of producing a collection of songs celebrating the natural world and permaculture. We hope to have these up on the youtube channel soon!
In the meantime, we have posted a few videos of our 2017 courses up on the Circle Permaculture youtube channel. Here's one we made recently: Sunseed PDC Sep 2017 - check out those final designs!
Thank you to everyone who has supported the teaching group up to now.
In whatever part of the world you are working to make it just that little bit better, we wish you peace and happiness, remembering the words of Wendell Berry: "The question that must be addressed, therefore, is not how to care for the planet but how to care for each of the planet's millions of human and natural neighborhoods, each of its millions of small pieces and parcels of land, each one of which is in some precious way different from all the others."