Introduction to Permaculture
- Location: Juniper Hall
- Tutor: Bob Mehew
- Dates : Friday 16 February 2018 to Sunday 18 February 2018
- Level: Open for Everyone
- RESIDENT(SOLE OCCUPANCY): £200
- RESIDENT(SHARED ROOM): £170
- NON-RESIDENT: £150
Permaculture is the design of more sustainable environments using nature as inspiration. Permaculture starts with nature, observes how it is so successful in creating balanced ecosystems, and uses the lessons it can teach us to create balanced, thriving productive systems that are easy to manage and care for the environment. It can be applied to balconies and back gardens as easily as small-holdings and farms, and even non-land subjects such as personal health, your families income, community spaces or your home. In this course you will be introduced to permaculture, its history and origins and the core ethics and principles it is based on. We will visit the gardens and features of Juniper Hall and consider how they fit into the permaculture model, and what design changes we may suggest based on what we have learned. We'll be spending time outside so bring wet weather gear. We will learn about some of the exciting solutions that often result from permaculture designs, such as forest gardening, community supported agriculture, mulching and no-dig gardening. We will talk about how to survey your environment, creating maps, identifying weather patterns and microclimates, the soils, and examining what works well and not so well. Then we will practice some of the analysis techniques used in permaculture to help us ensure that our designs are appropriate to the characteristics of environment and reflect the needs and vision of the people involved. We will look at great examples of permaculture projects, including designs created for other Field Studies Centres. You will be introduced to some fascinating books and resources in permaculture, and what you might want to do next on your permaculture journey. You will come away with a basic understanding of permaculture and how it could be applied to your back garden or your life. It is an excellent step for those who are considering the full 12 day Permaculture Design Course, available in many formats across the UK.
Bob Mehew is a permaculture teacher and Farm Manager at The Apricot Centre and works at Huxhams Cross Farm in Devon, which gorws fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens for eggs and cows, and encourages community involvement in the farm. The farm is an integrated mix of permaculture design, biodynamic methods and agroforestry
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