Planting Seeds

With lockdown continuing and spring approaching I'm focusing on the present. It's helping me to stay focused and grounded, and not to spiral into the increasingly distressing land of 'what if'. I love growing plants from seed. There is something magical about these tiny, dry marvels that lifts my heart. I have trees in my … Continue reading Planting Seeds

Thoughts about viral fear

I have been thinking, talking and writing about viral fear this week. I thought it was worth a post.A few days ago my lovely friend and fellow permaculture designer, Daisy Allen, sent me a video by Dr Naomi Wolf who was expressing her fears about a digital vaccination passport. It was scary stuff. This is … Continue reading Thoughts about viral fear

King Beds: A new model for a raised mandala garden

A while back I asked my clever husband, Graham King, to make me some kind of compost bin for weeds. We had a huge infestation of pennywort and I didn't want to waste all that organic matter. Here's what he came up with: It worked a treat! Although it was a bit floppy when we … Continue reading King Beds: A new model for a raised mandala garden

How can we ensure quality for students of the PDC?

It's always distressing to meet someone that has survived a disappointing PDC. It happened again today. A lovely human, passionate about the planet and interested in learning permaculture travelled many hours out of our bioregion to do a full time Permaculture Design Course (PDC) only to return home feeling frustrated, under-qualified and just a little … Continue reading How can we ensure quality for students of the PDC?

Permacultural Appropriation

A while back I wrote a piece about why permaculture is so hot right now. It was July 2020 and here we are in April of 2021 with no sign of that interest waning. This is great news for those of us that have practiced, taught and designed using permaculture for many years. We all … Continue reading Permacultural Appropriation

The self sufficiency myth

At the start of every permaculture course we ask students what they hope to get out of it. There are usually at least a few that include the phrase 'self sufficiency' in their response. Permaculture is considered by many to be synonymous with self sufficiency. The hard core version is totally off grid, on land … Continue reading The self sufficiency myth

The truth about cats and dogs

That old chestnut about the damage pets cause to the environment reared its fluffy head on Facebook today. Figures were quoted. Links were provided. Disparaging comments were made about the 'delusional thinking' involved in speaking to pets and sleeping with furry friends was described as 'strange behaviour'. Assumptions were made; most notably the assumption that … Continue reading The truth about cats and dogs

Is implementation the missing link?

We are drawing the the close of another PDC and spent some time this week teaching implementation. This module is not part of the recognised curriculum. We added it to our PDC after applying the permaculture design model. We noticed that the individual plans that students complete during a PDC often languish in a bottom … Continue reading Is implementation the missing link?

Everything is connected, including me

When I entered high school I was introduced to science for the first time, and in particular to the study of biology. The enormous text for the course was called ‘The Web of Life’ and was handed to us on loan on the first day. I hereby admit to keeping my copy for many years, … Continue reading Everything is connected, including me

The future isn’t written yet

I can remember a history teacher commenting that London citizens were once concerned about the city being buried in horse manure before the end of the century. Nobody could have predicted the arrival of Karl Benz's 'motorwagen' in 1886 and the impact that cars would have upon a different kind of pollution. I grew up … Continue reading The future isn’t written yet