Gentle Earthworks for Abundance

Go Easy There’s more than one way to shape the land and direct water to your gardens. Most people can’t afford machinery to shape the land and build abundance. So, they usually abandon hope of reshaping their site and work with what is there. Why bother shaping the landscape? We can shape the landscape to: collect surface water when it rains store water in shallow ponds provide water for birds, lizards, frogs encourage beneficial insects improve the soil water the plants prevent erosion and nutrient loss What are our no-dig options? We can use animals (pigs, chickens, guinea pigs) or …

Earthworks for Everyday Earth-users – September 9th

Abundance on a Shoestring A natural water management system can save you heartache, time and money. Learn how to grow food in a planned landscape. Utilise the different micro-climates. Sculpt the thirsty places and soak up the soppy patches. Mitigate flooding rains and prepare your home for wildfire. Not all water management systems require pipes, dams, tanks or machinery. Nor do they require weekends of back-breaking digging, bags of cement, pebbles or terrace bricks. All Earthworks need a bit of know-how and planning. With this bit of know-how you can turn you garden into a more resilient and productive space. …

Cooking and Heating With Fuel From Your Garden

For people interested in the art, science, health, economics and politics of cooking with fuel from the garden. Learn about different types of garden fuel and fuel-stove cooking techniques. Dine by a Hot Stove – Friday July 8th About the workshop Long before gas or electric stovetops and ovens fueled every household’s power-bill, cooking by a hot stove was commonplace. Re-discover the simple art of cooking with pleasure. Grow and manage your own fuel and enjoy the excuse to be toasty warm all winter. This workshop will show you how to manage valuable fuel plants of your garden or local …

Mini-Conference Brimming With Great Minds

How Will Permaculture Delegates Contribute? There are three great ways to contribute to our upcoming conference. Prepare a 5min presentation. Keep your delivery short and sweet to enable time for others to contribute. Pecha Kucha is a great guide for how to do an effective delivery. You don’t have to use a powerpoint presentation, you can just stand and speak like many of the greatest speakers throughout history. Keep the message clear by aiming to deliver one idea with some elaboration. There will plenty of time after lunch to contribute to the open discussion tables. Introduce yourself by talking up …

Who Is The Guild of Permaculture Pioneers?

We are a slowly and steadily growing a collaboration of experienced Permaculture pioneers who are happy to occasionally stop doing their excellent permaculture stuff in order to tutor, mentor, lead or chat with other each other and people interested in doing something positive about maintaining a livable habitat for humanity and a beautiful and resilient community. The mentoring pioneers include April Sampson-Kelly, Shane Moon, Paul Kelly, Penny Pyett. Terry Leahy (Australia), Suzie Cahn (Ireland). If you would like to join us, write to us. We run small life-skills courses, opening our permaculture living spaces and stimulating positive discussion through mini-conferences …